EASA Eases The Pain On Training Organizations
Following its Roadmap for General Aviation implementation plan, EASA has just announced approval of its new Part – DTO, which affords a simpler and more streamlined approach for Europe’s GA Community to get flight schools up and running. Training providers for the Private Pilot and Light Aircraft Pilot License will no longer need EASA’s approval for a training organization, but will instead make a declaration to the competent authority instead.
The new regulation 2018/1119 is aimed to reduce the regulatory burden for flight schools not engaged in ‘professional pilot training’. The previous Aircrew Regulation required all applicants for an ATO (Approved Training Organisation) certificate to undergo a comprehensive certification process during which detailed compliance with all applicable requirements needed to be demonstrated to the regulator.
Applicants also needed to develop and present a series of documents (operations manual, training manuals for each training course) and had to set up a management system, including safety management and compliance monitoring functions in order to be able to provide any sort of flight training.
EASA recognized that most of the demanding elements were justified when dealing with schools which train professional pilots, but listened to the call from the GA community on making things simpler for those who wish to train leisure and hobby pilots.
From now on, DTO applicants simply need to send a declaration to the competent authority. After sending this declaration, DTOs – on their own responsibility – can immediately start providing training, with no need to undergo a certification process. This significantly lowers the administrative and financial burden for setting up a GA training organization. There will be no need to have an operations- or training manual in place, just a document describing the training programs provided.
Organizational requirements like those on personnel or measures for managing both safe operation and compliance with all applicable requirements have been simplified and tailored to GA training activities. Performance based and flexible oversight requirements have been put in place in order to enable competent authorities to exercise proportionate oversight when and where needed.