The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has praised some regulators for their flexibility towards airlines and flight crew during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and urged others to follow suit.
IATA used the example of the European Aviation Safety Agency‘s (EASA) extension of validity periods for licences, ratings, endorsements, certificates and attestations of aircrew, instructors, examiners, aircraft maintenance licence holders and air traffic controllers.
It also praised the UAE’s GCAA for allowing flexibility to the validity periods for licenses, ratings and certificates applicable to crew.
“Safety is the industry’s top priority,” said Gilberto Lopez Meyer, IATA’s senior VP, safety and flight operations.
“Countries have a well-established licensing system to ensure this. Airlines and their employees are facing an unprecedented challenge in coping with the business and operational impacts of the Covid-19 crisis.
“In this extraordinarily difficult environment, we are grateful for actions to ease regulatory requirements that do not impact the safety of flights.“
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has also recognised the need for flexibility in the delivery of classroom training and for the completion of recurrent training requirements.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority has put a process in place to allow an extension to the validity of pilot and cabin crew requirements.
“Aviation is built on partnership and working together. The actions taken by these regulators will provide airlines and licensed crew with the necessary flexibility for licence extensions without compromising safety. We urge others to quickly follow suit and grant similar short-term relief,” said Lopez Meyer.