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The Declared Training Organisation – EASA proposes European-wide simplified pilot training standards for leisure flying

One of the goals identified by the General Aviation (GA) Road Map is to create an option to provide training for GA-related non-commercial licences outside an Approved Training Organisation (ATO). With Opinion 11/2016, the Agency proposes to introduce a new regulatory framework which requires training organisations for Light Aircraft Pilot Licence-LAPL, Private Pilot Licence-PPL, Sailplane Pilot Licence-SPL and Balloon Pilot Licence-BPL not to seek prior approval but to simply declare its training activities to the competent authority. This new ‘declared training organisation’ (DTO) also benefits from simplified organisational and oversight requirements, all in all granting extensive alleviations to GA training providers.