IATA has welcomed decisions taken by aviation
regulators to provide flexibility to airlines and flight crew
during the COVID19 outbreak.
“Safety is the industry’s top priority,” said
Gilberto Lopez Meyer, IATA’s Senior Vice President, 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 COVID19 crisis. In this extraordinarily
difficult environment, we are grateful for actions to ease
regulatory requirements that do not impact the safety of flights.”
Examples of actions being taken by regulators
– The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has
published templates which may be used by state regulators to
notify EASA of the use of flexibility provisions. This allows for
the extension to the validity periods for licences, ratings,
endorsements, certificates and attestations of aircrew,
instructors, examiners, aircraft maintenance licence holders and
air traffic controllers as well as extension of Airworthiness
– The United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation
Authority (GCAA) has published a decision allowing for flexibility
to the validity periods for licenses, ratings, certificates
applicable to flight crew and cabin crew.
– Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)
has recognized the need for flexibility in the delivery of
classroom training and for the completion of recurrent training
requirements. They have also granted the ability to extend the
validity periods to some elements of training applicable to
pilots, engineers, cabin crew and dispatchers.
– The UK Civil Aviation Authority has put a
process in place to allow an extension to the validity of pilot
and cabin crew requirements.
– In Mexico, the Agencia Federal de Aviación
Civil, (AFAC) is extending the validity of permits, licenses
and/or certificates for technical personnel for three months.
“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,” Gilberto
IATA is also offering help for airlines whose IATA
Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) cannot be performed owing to
COVID19 travel restrictions that make it impossible for auditors
to visit airlines, or because of other circumstances related to
the current crisis.
Extensions of IOSA audits are being offered
for periods of up to six months, however airlines will be required
to complete an IOSA safety questionnaire at a minimum of every 60
days during the extension period.
The applicable Temporary Revision to the
IOSA Program Manual (IPM) and affected registrations on the IOSA
Registry can be consulted on IATA’s