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Flight Crew Licensing (FCL)

Latest update 27 February 2015 : please see below for more details.


On 25 November 2011 Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 on Flight Crew Licensing and Medical Requirements was published in the Official Journal of the European Union and is made up of four Annexes covering Part FCL, conditions for the conversion of existing national licences and ratings for aeroplanes and helicopters, conditions for the acceptance of licences issued by or on behalf of third countries and Part MED. The regulation was to be applied as of 8 April 2012, however, member States could apply for derogation, for a limited duration, from a number of the provisions laid down in the regulation.

Background Information

On 3 June 2008 EASA issued for comment NPA 2008-17b which dealt with flight crew licensing and that replaced JAR-FCL and the variety national variants of JAR-FCL.

In November 2008 ERA submitted comments to the NPA on Flight Crew Licensing and Medical Requirements to EASA. In June 2010 EASA issued the Comment Response Document to the NPA.

ERA’s Current Position

In May 2011 before the final regulation was published EASA established FCL.002 Rulemaking Group with the eventual aim of updating EASA Flight Crew Licensing (FCL) Implementing Rules. ERA is represented on that Rulemaking Group.


NPA 2014-29 (A-D) has been published through the EASA Comment Response Tool for consideration. This NPA concerns amendments to Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 (the Aircrew Regulation) : Cover Regulation, Acceptable Means of Compliance & Guidance Material, the Examiner Manual and Learning Objectives.

A link to the CRT Documents page is found below.

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