NPPL LICENCE CHANGES NOW !!

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Will Greenwood
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NPPL LICENCE CHANGES NOW !!

Post by Will Greenwood » Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:32 pm

ATTENTION NPPL HOLDERS.

(Nothing in this announcement is meant to contradict relevant sections of the Air Navigation Order or the AIC issued on the topic, which of course, take
precedence.)

From July 1st 2009, to be legal as pilot in command using an NPPL, the relevant rating in your NPPL needs to have a specific future expiry date associated with it, with the entry in your licence signed by an examiner or the CAA.

This should not be a problem for microlight or SLMG pilots who have been on such a scheme of a 'fixed future expiry date' from the start but it could be a real legality issue after the end of this month for 'SSEA' rated pilots unless they check and take appropriate action if necessary. Some will not need to, having already complied with the requirement, but many will need to take action before the end of this month.

Most pilots with NPPL SSEA ratings have in the past been subject to a self-certifying 'rolling validity' scheme and until recently have not been forced to see an examiner to have a specific future 'expiry date' for the SSEA rating written in their licences.This situation has now changed. The issue is further complicated by early NPPLs being issued with 'SEP' ratings before an AIC, issued in 2004, admitted that these should have been called 'SSEA' and should be treated as such.

Every NPPL holder is advised to check their NPPL's rating page. If you find you have either an SSEA rating, or an SEP rating, and it does NOT have a specific future date mentioned in the EXPIRY column, then you need to take immediate action BEFORE the end of this month or you will not have the legal right to fly as pilot in command until you undergo a flight test to regain the rating concerned. Until the end of this month, current pilots without a specific future expiry date written against the rating have the opportunity to resolve this and avoid a flight test with a mere paperwork exercise.

If you find your licence has either an SSEA or SEP rating without a definite future date in the expiry column, you need to see an examiner (all LAA coaches are 'R' examiners for example) before the end of June 2009, and, providing you are current under the old scheme of validity, you will be given an expiry date of 2 years hence.

Once you have ratings with definite future expiry dates, you can start counting your flying hours towards a future revalidation based on the new rules detailed in AIC 30/2008 http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com/aip/curre ... 030_en.pdf

All PCS Coaches are instructors and examiners. If you are uncetain of your local coach, please go to the LAA main web page and click on training, and then coaches, to find someone suitable.


We are here to help, any other problems e-mail coaching@laa.uk.com

Will Greenwood LAA/PCS
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Post by Nigel Hitchman » Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:37 pm

Hi Will,

what does this really mean? I dont have an NPPL so havent followed this at all, but someone asked me about it yesterday after having read the bit in the magazine. They changed from a PPL to a NPPL 3 or 4 months ago, so do they have to renew now already?? Presumably there is a start date from when this had to happen or from when licences were already issued with 24 month revalidation? Or is everyone with an NPPL epected to re-validate their licence during June??

thanks

Nigel

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Post by Will Greenwood » Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:38 pm

This applies to all NPPL holders of SSEA, SLMG and Microlight ratings, holders of an SEP rating should already be on the 24 month re-validation, the tranisition date is pre 1st Feb 2008 to 29th June 2009, what is not clear is the date when your licence was automatically on the 24 month period, if in any doubt look in your licence, if it does not have a revalidation page, then chances are you need to do the re-validation flight by 29th June 2009.
I hope to have a better picture of the cut off dates/ licences not effected etc when the CAA open again on Monday.

Will.

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Post by Will Greenwood » Fri Jun 05, 2009 7:17 pm

have just found out any NPPL licence post Feb 2008 will have a certificate of revalidation page in the licence holder and this must have a validation date if not they need to be signed by an examiner, those PRE Feb 2008 will not have a revalidation page, and this must be signed and a 1hr flight completed also, the examiner should have a revalidation page for the licence(FCL150).

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