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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