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Operation of "EASA Aircraft"
Ireland has availed of an "Opt-out" which grants holders of third country licences certain permissions under Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 (as amended).
The exemption allows a pilot holding a licence and associated medical issued by a third country involved in the non-commercial operation of aircraft as specified in Article 4(1)(b) or (c) of Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 to continue to operate in non-commercial operations on the said aircraft and with the said licence and associated medical until 8 April 2017.
Mainly against the background of the negotiations between the EU and the US on the extension of the Bilateral Air Safety Agreement (BASA) to the area of FCL and in order to bridge the gap until the entry into force of this agreement, the opt-out provision in Article 12(4) of Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 had been put in place, with a validity period ending on 8 April 2017, allowing pilots holding a licence and associated medical certificate issued by a third country involved in the non-commercial operation of aircraft as specified in Article 4(1)(b) or (c) of Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 to continue to exercise their privileges until the BASA will be in force.
As the opt-out period foreseen in Article 12(4) of Regulation 1178/2011 ends on 8 April 2017 and. the foreseen BASA is still not in force, an extension of the opt-out period in Art. 12(4) until 8 April 2019 is in the process of being adopted. The respective amendment will, however, most probably not be adopted before or soon after 8 April 2017. Once published, it is the intention of the IAA to avail of this extension to the opt-out.
Pilots benefiting from the opt-out would as of 8 April 2017 no longer be able to fly without having a Part-FCL licence and Part-MED medical.
Member States have been informed by EASA, in consultation with the Commission, of the possibility to notify an exemption based on Article 14(4) of the Basic Regulation in order to address this exceptional operational need for limited duration brought about by the above mentioned situation. The IAA has availed of the facility and has published Aeronautical Notice P25.
Pilots availing of this exemption shall be subject to the restrictions outlined in article 5(10) of S.I. No. 333/2000 - Irish Aviation Authority (Personnel Licensing) Order, 2000
Operation of Annex II aircraft.
Please refer to Aeronautical Notice P21 - Acceptance of Flight Crew Licences