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EASA out­lines ‘In­tro­duc­tory Flights’ rules

EASA has launched a new ‘In­tro­duc­tory Flights’ pro­vi­sion aimed at al­low­ing peo­ple to be given air ex­pe­ri­ence in light air­craft with­out the pi­lot hav­ing to hold an in­struc­tor’s rat­ing or for the flight to be op­er­ated un­der com­mer­cial air trans­port rules. The flight must be per­formed ei­ther via an EASAap­proved train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion with its prin­ci­pal place of busi­ness in the UK, or through an or­gan­i­sa­tion cre­ated to pro­mote ae­rial sport or leisure avi­a­tion, and sub­ject to these con­di­tions:

The air­craft is ei­ther owned or dry leased by the or­gan­i­sa­tion

Any profit made from the flights is kept within the or­gan­i­sa­tion

If non-mem­bers of the or­gan­i­sa­tion are involved – for ex­am­ple mem­bers of the pub­lic – the flights rep­re­sent only a mar­ginal ac­tiv­ity of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

EASA and NON-EASA air­craft may be used, but they must have a valid C of A or be ty­peap­proved Per­mit to Fly types that are al­ready al­lowed to be used for re­mu­ner­ated train­ing and self-fly hire within the terms of the rel­e­vant ex­emp­tions.

‘We would ex­pect these flights to last around 30-90 min­utes, al­though for glid­ers this may vary depend­ing on the weather. In the case of aero­planes and he­li­copters, they must re­turn to the place of de­par­ture,’ EASA says. ‘(Such flights) are not de­signed, and should not be sold, to re­place the tra­di­tional trial les­son in which a qual­i­fied in­struc­tor would typ­i­cally give a demonstrat­ion of the con­trols and some flight train­ing ex­er­cises with the par­tic­i­pant han­dling the air­craft. Flight time as a pas­sen­ger on an in­tro­duc­tory flight will not count as train­ing to­wards the grant of a pi­lot’s licence. While hold­ers of pri­vate li­cences may conduct in­tro­duc­tory flights, they may not per­son­ally re­ceive any pay­ment for do­ing so.’

EASA de­fines those per­mit­ted to of­fer such flights as: ‘ an or­gan­i­sa­tion cre­ated with the aim of pro­mot­ing ae­rial sport or

leisure avi­a­tion means a non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, es­tab­lished un­der na­tional law for the sole pur­pose of gath­er­ing per­sons shar­ing the same in­ter­est in gen­eral avi­a­tion to fly for plea­sure or to conduct para­chute jump­ing. The or­gan­i­sa­tion should have air­craft avail­able. “In­tro­duc­tory

flight” means any flight against re­mu­ner­a­tion or other valu­able con­sid­er­a­tion con­sist­ing of an air tour of short du­ra­tion, of­fered by an ap­proved train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion or an or­gan­i­sa­tion cre­ated with the aim of pro­mot­ing ae­rial sport or leisure avi­a­tion, for the pur­pose of at­tract­ing new trainees or new mem­bers.

‘The term “mar­ginal ac­tiv­ity” should be un­der­stood as rep­re­sent­ing a very mi­nor part of the over­all ac­tiv­ity of an or­gan­i­sa­tion, mainly for the pur­pose of pro­mot­ing it­self or at­tract­ing new stu­dents or mem­bers. An or­gan­i­sa­tion in­tend­ing to of­fer such flights as reg­u­lar busi­ness ac­tiv­ity is not con­sid­ered to meet the con­di­tion of mar­ginal ac­tiv­ity. Also, flights or­gan­ised with the sole in­tent to gen­er­ate in­come for the or­gan­i­sa­tion are not con­sid­ered to be a mar­ginal ac­tiv­ity.’ Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be found at: caa.co.uk/up­load­ed­files/caa/ Con­tent/stan­dard­_­con­tent/ Gen­er­al_avi­a­tion_and_ events/type­s_of_air­craft/ In­tro­duc­tory%20flights%20 Guid­ance%20v%203.1.pdf

Ul­ti­mate Aer­o­bat­ics is the Pitts

Two of the UK’S fore­most aer­o­batic pi­lots have taken over Freestyle Avi­a­tion from Alan Cas­sidy and are of­fer­ing aer­o­bat­ics train­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence flights in a White Waltham-based Pitts S2A.

Af­ter more than 25 years of run­ning Freestyle Avi­a­tion, Alan Cas­sidy has de­cided to step down and hand over to Mike and Emily Col­lett, both mem­bers of the Bri­tish Ad­vanced Aer­o­batic team, for­mer Bri­tish cham­pi­ons, and dis­play pi­lots who op­er­ate Ul­ti­mate Aer­o­bat­ics. Alan will share his ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge by con­tin­u­ing to in­struct and of­fer aer­o­batic flights. Mike and Emily say they are “keen to share their pas­sion with every­one, even if just for the most gen­tlest of aer­o­bat­ics for the most ner­vous of pi­lots or pas­sen­gers,” and will be of­fer­ing flights to any­one who has a de­sire to ex­pe­ri­ence aer­o­bat­ics, for aer­o­batic train­ing or to buy a flight as a present. They add that the Pitts will also be avail­able for com­pe­ti­tion hire at com­pet­i­tive (no pun in­tended we as­sume) rates.

“Whilst it is a daunt­ing task to fol­low in the foot­steps of one of the all-time great Pitts pi­lots, we are ex­cited to take on this new ven­ture and are de­lighted that Alan is will­ing to stay involved and share his ex­pe­ri­ence with us and our stu­dents,” says Mike. “We are also de­lighted to con­tinue our part­ner­ship with To­tal and Trig in this new ven­ture.” For more de­tails visit: ul­ti­mateaer­o­bat­ics.co.uk

Heli­cen­tre launches Flight In­struc­tor sem­i­nars

Heli­cen­tre Avi­a­tion Acad­emy has launched a new two-day EASA Heli­copter Flight In­struc­tor re­fresher sem­i­nar, the first of which will be held on 23-24 May. “The Acad­emy was granted CAA ap­proval to de­liver FI(H) re­fresher sem­i­nars in 2011, but with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of EASA and a vast ar­ray of changes in re­cent years, the sem­i­nar con­tent has been given a com­plete over­haul,” ex­plains Cap­tain Sarah Bowen, Heli­cen­tre’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and Head of Train­ing. “The up­com­ing sem­i­nars will pro­vide ex­ist­ing flight in­struc­tors with a fresh ap­proach to the

lat­est in­dus­try-rel­e­vant top­ics, reg­u­la­tory devel­op­ments, and best prac­tices in an ef­fort to im­prove safety aware­ness and stan­dard­i­s­a­tion within the heli­copter train­ing en­vi­ron­ment.”

The pro­gramme will in­clude a pre­sen­ta­tion by a Gen­eral Avi­a­tion Safety Coun­cil (GASCO) rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the causes, con­se­quences and preven­tion of airspace in­fringe­ments. Other ar­eas of special em­pha­sis in­clude in­te­gra­tion of Threat and Er­ror Man­age­ment (TEM) in train­ing, and CAA up­dates on the Sky­way Code and Sky­wise news alert­ing ser­vice – an es­sen­tial tool for in­struc­tors.

“The sem­i­nars will pro­vide Heli­copter Flight In­struc­tors with a means of reval­i­da­tion or re­newal of their FI(H) cer­tifi­cate, sub­ject to meet­ing the other re­quire­ments of Part FCL.940. FI, but they will also give in­struc­tors a wealth of valu­able in­for­ma­tion to take away,” says Cap­tain Bowen. For more de­tails call the Acad­emy’s oper­a­tions team on tel: 0116 259 0186 or visit fly­heli.co.uk

New ALSIM sim­u­la­tor for Tay­side

Tay­side Avi­a­tion has in­stalled an ALSIM ALX (Multi Engine Pis­ton, Light Tur­bo­prop, Medium Tur­bo­prop and Medium Jet) sim­u­la­tor at its Dundee base. The com­pany al­ready owned an ALSIM AL200 MCC, says Jim Watt, Tay­side’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, “and we chose the ALX as we have been a cus­tomer of ALSIM for over ten years and we know the qual­ity of the de­vice and the re­li­a­bil­ity of their sim­u­la­tors. The ALX’S high qual­ity and the ver­sa­til­ity will al­low us to de­velop an MPL with our part­ner air­line.” Tay­side Avi­a­tion cel­e­brates its 50th an­niver­sary this year.

Naval cadets grad­u­ate

The newly named Cadet Naval Avi­a­tion Course got un­der­way over the Easter hol­i­days with nine­teen cadets at­tend­ing. It was the first time that the course had been open to stu­dents from both the Com­bined Cadet Force (CCF) and Vol­un­teer Cadet Corps (VCC). For­mer Royal Navy Sea King Ob­server Lt Cdr (CCF) Trevor Buck­ley, RNR joined the team as the nav­i­ga­tion in­struc­tor for the course.

Cadets spent three days in ground school at SCTC Wey­mouth and cov­ered a va­ri­ety of sub­jects that in­cluded prin­ci­ples of flight, hu­man fac­tors, air law and me­te­o­rol­ogy be­fore mov­ing on to the sec­ond phase with 727 Squadron at RNAS Yeovil­ton for air ex­pe­ri­ence flights in its Grob 115. Un­for­tu­nately the first day had to be can­celled due to heavy rain so they vis­ited the Fleet Air Arm Mu­seum at the base. The fol­low­ing days saw per­fect weather, al­though time ran out and a few stu­dents were un­able to fly, but have been in­vited back to com­plete their cour­ses later in the year.

Af­ter sit­ting a fi­nal ground school ex­am­i­na­tion the stu­dents were pleased to learn that they had all passed the ba­sic course and were pre­sented with their Bronze Wings by Cadet Naval Avi­a­tion Course Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Lt (SCC) Marc Pether, RNR. Top stu­dent was Cadet Ben Jor­dan, who was awarded the Daedalus Tro­phy and a Pooley’s flight bag, train­ing man­u­als, a Sekonda pi­lots’ watch do­nated by Time Prod­ucts UK, and a lim­ited edi­tion Bre­itling cap.

Di­a­mond DA42S for Lufthansa train­ing

Lufthansa Avi­a­tion Train­ing (LAT) has or­dered five Di­a­mond DA42-VIS that will be based at Ro­s­tock-laage, re­plac­ing tenyear-old Piper Semi­noles. Un­der the brand name Euro­pean Flight Acad­emy the air­line is pool­ing all Lufthansa Group flight schools in Ger­many, Switzer­land and the US. It plans to re­cruit 500 new stu­dent pi­lots this year. Ground train­ing is con­ducted in Bre­men, the first prac­ti­cal part in the US, and sub­se­quent in­stru­ment train­ing in Ro­s­tock­Laage and Bre­men.

Ul­ti­mate Aer­o­bat­ics' Mike & Emily Col­lett take over Freestyle Avi­a­tion

ALSIM ALX sim­u­la­tor, Tay­side Avi­a­tion's sec­ond ALSIM

2018 CNAC Course Yeovil­ton

Lufthansa Avi­a­tion Train­ing re­places Semi­noles with Di­a­mond DA42-VIS

727 NAS Grob 115 at Yeovil­ton

Top stu­dent Cadet Ben Jor­dan

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