The objective of this Decision is to address a safety and regulatory coordination issue related to aeroplane loss of control in-flight (LOC-I). The following initiatives are linked to this Decision:
— various accident safety recommendations (SRs);
— safety actions deriving from the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS); and
— amended International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs).
The specific objective is to improve the level of safety by ensuring that pilots have the competencies to prevent LOC-I and the resilience to recover from aeroplane upsets.
On 20 December 2018, Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1974 entered into force. Said Regulation amends Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 (the Aircrew Regulation) by introducing new requirements for upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) for pilots in its Annex I (Part-FCL). This Decision contains the related acceptable means of compliance (AMC) and guidance material (GM) as well as revised AMC & GM to Annex VII (Part-ORA) to the Aircrew Regulation regarding the implementation of UPRT in type rating training programmes of approved training organisations (ATOs). Additionally, this Decision amends the AMC & GM to Annex I (Definitions) and Annex III (Part-ORO) to Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 (the Air OPS Regulation) in order to align the existing UPRT provisions for operator-related training with the new UPRT regulatory framework in Part-FCL.
The Annexes to the Decision are the following:
— Annex I: Amendments to the AMC & GM to Part-FCL of the Aircrew Regulation;
— Annex II: Amendments to the AMC & GM to Part-ORA of the Aircrew Regulation;
— Annex III: Amendments to the GM to Annex I (Definitions) to the Air OPS Regulation; and
— Annex IV: Amendments to the AMC & GM to Part-ORO of the Air OPS Regulation.
The amendments will be applicable from 20 December 2019 and are expected to increase safety and ensure alignment with ICAO standards. They outline the detailed content of basic, advanced and type-specific UPRT to be provided at various stages of a professional pilot’s career. The qualification requirements for instructors to provide each type of UPRT are also described.
Passengers will benefit from an improved level of safety and, specifically, from a reduction in the frequency of aeroplane accidents caused by LOC-I.