What training do grounded pilots need before they go flying again and will this result in a surge in demand for simulator time?
Today’s European airlines look very different to the traditional ‘flag carrier’ operations of the past. Airline companies need to concentrate on their core capabilities and manage commercial risks. EASA has been evaluating the impact of these ‘new business models’ and has developed a practical guide to managing the risks.
If you’re going to start an airline then, in order to stay on the right side of the law, you will need an air operator’s certificate (AOC). The AOC application process will take many months. If the process of getting your AOC takes longer than planned then cost overruns can quickly add up to hundreds of thousands of Euro.
In order to operate an aircraft with equipment inoperative the pilot needs follow the Minimum Equipment List (MEL). A minimum equipment list is developed by based on a ‘Master Minimum Equipment List’.
National Aviation Authorities are increasingly subjecting airlines and pilot-training companies to ‘re-certification’. This can mean a lot of work, but there can be benefits if the process is managed properly.
Pilots in commercial air transport have to undergo annual line checks. Can the check Captain occupy an operating seat or does (s)he need to be on the jump-seat? Well, it depends…