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ICAO Flight Crew Licensing and Training Panel (FCLTP) Meetings

The FCLTP met for a second time May 12 - 23 to review licensing and training standards found in Annexes 1 and 6. IAOPA asked for, and was fortunate to be granted, member status on this panel since most Panel members were individuals responsible for their State's licensing system.

The Panel was divided into three working groups - A, B and C. IAOPA was represented on groups B and C, although in this last meeting IAOPA's representative Frank Hofmann had time to participate only for the group B sessions.

Working Group B's major pre-occupations concerned the maintenance of Competency and Recency suggested in Annex 1. The current situation world-wide is that there is great variance in how maintenance of competency is demonstrated through recency of experience. Requirements range from flying times of 12 hours/year to no set minimum hours/year. The regulators in the group favoured a minimum hour requirement with a demonstration of competence by flight testing. This approach, based on no evidence of how these times were derived, was unacceptable to IAOPA. Strong reservations were expressed with this approach. Ultimately an IAOPA recommendation was accepted by the group. IAOPA proposed that ICAO adopt a Recommendation. In ICAO parlance the meaning of a “Recommendation” is that States have a choice in adopting - they do not have to file a 'difference' from an international standard. Working Group C developed a set of 17 core competencies which crew members for the Airline Right Hand Seat qualifications must meet to obtain Commercial Pilot level competency in a multi-crew cockpit environment. These competencies are divided into three disciplines - Technical Domain, Procedural Domain and Interpersonal Domain. The recommendation at this point is that a pilot so qualified may not act as pilot-in-command of a single crew airplane. The airlines are strongly interested in this licence, claiming that someone trained in the traditional single pilot piston environment is likely not as readily adaptable to the multi-crew turbine environment in which the airlines operate. Indeed, one proposal suggests that such a pilot may do all of his training on a simulator - no actual flying. The method by which a crew-member may gain unrestricted ATPL privileges, having been totally trained for multi-crew aircraft operation, is still under review.

The Panel of the whole will meet December 8 to December 19, 2003, in Montreal to consider all its proposals for change, to be submitted to the Air Navigation Commission for approval.

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