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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published a significant change to Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 ‘Aircrew’ and 965/2012 ‘Air Operations’ related to flight crew competence and training methods requirements. The Aircrew Regulation has been amended by Regulation (EU) 2020/2193, and the Air Operations Regulation has been amended by Regulation (EU) 2020/2036.
What will these amendments mean for the aviation industry and National Aviation Authorities?

What is Evidence-based training ?

Evidence-based training (EBT) is a pilot training concept that is centred around competency-based training principles. The evidence for this programme comes from analysing the accident and incident data to identify the competencies that a pilot requires to operate the aircraft safely, efficiently and effectively in today’s commercial air transport environment. The EBT concept is designed to maximise learning and limit formal checking.

What does Regulation (EU) No 2020/2193 mean for industry organisations?

Regulation (EU) No 2020/2193 introduces new training and licensing requirements for pilots, instructors and examiners who are a part of an EBT programme. The introduction of Appendix 10 allows the traditional Licence Proficiency Check (LPC) to be replaced with an EBT Practical Assessment.

What does Regulation (EU) No 2020/2036 mean for aviation regulators?

Regulation (EU) No 2020/2036 introduces new sections on EBT under the Air Operations Regulation, including ORO.FC.146 and ORO.FC.231. The amendments also require NAA Inspectors involved in EBT programmes to receive qualification and training in EBT principles, application, approval processes and continuing oversight. This includes an assessment and approval of the suitability and effectiveness of an operator’s EBT programme.

When did the new regulations come into effect?

The new regulations came into effect within EASA in December 2020, and the associated Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material was published in March 2021. The UK CAA is currently adopting these regulations.

Evidence-based training for Flight Operations Inspectors

If you are unsure what the upcoming changes will mean for you and your organisation, the UK CAA flight operations inspectors will be discussing these changes on our Evidence-Based Training for Flight Operations Inspectors. The course explores the underlying principles of EBT and Competency-Based Training, as well as the development and implementation of the EBT programme.

For more information about the changes to Aircrew and Air Operations regulations or this training course, please contact our training team: training@caainternational.com.

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