Aviation: Commission adopts rules for aircrew
The Commission has adopted a regulation harmonising requirements applied to cabin crew, pilot training organisations, aero-medical centres and national civil aviation authorities. This new set of rules will complement the current aircrew regulation and will further simplify the daily life of thousands of aircrew (pilots and cabin crew) across the EU while ensuring high levels of safety. The proposed rules, applicable as from 8 April 2012, complement the already existing Regulation 1178/2011 for civil aviation aircrew and provide for:
- harmonised rules which replace national procedures concerning pilot licences and medical certificates;
- further EU harmonisation on qualification and certification of cabin crew involved in commercial operations;
- mutual recognition of licences, attestations, medical certificates and assessments, as well as training organisations and aero-medical centres;
- a simple, safe, proportionate, cost effective and efficient legislative framework;
- sufficient transitional measures to allow national administrations and affected stakeholders a smooth transition to the new EU rules.
The new regulation will ensure the application of similar high level safety requirements and procedures across the EU and extend to the training organisations and aero-medical centres the benefits of mutual recognition, thus having a potential to boost free movement, growth and competitiveness.
[Regulation No 290/2012]