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The European Commission updates the European safety list of airlines subject to an operating ban

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The European Commission has adopted the 19th update of the European list of air carriers which are for safety reasons subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union. Conviasa, an air carrier certified in Venezuela, was added to the list due to safety concerns. Following constructive consultations, Libyan authorities decided to adopt strong measures applicable to all air carriers licensed in Libya, which exclude them from flying into the EU until at least November 2012.

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Aviation: Commission adopts rules for aircrew

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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:

  1. harmonised rules which replace national procedures concerning pilot licences and medical certificates;
  2. further EU harmonisation on qualification and certification of cabin crew involved in commercial operations;
  3. mutual recognition of licences, attestations, medical certificates and assessments, as well as training organisations and aero-medical centres;
  4. a simple, safe, proportionate, cost effective and efficient legislative framework;
  5. 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]

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