As of the 17th September 2012 EASA came into force, and there have been some changes to the requirements regarding the Proficiency Checks for helicopter pilots. If you want to come out to Mallorca to revalidate your licence please let me know and we can make the necessary arrangements and go through the new requirements.
Balearic Helicopters is able to revalidate most EASA licences, however for licences other than the UK CAA please contact us in advance as some EASA states have different requirements regarding paperwork and application forms.
Verbal Exam - There is now a specific section in the PC for a Verbal Test with the Examiner, so brush up on your P.O.H.!
Date of Expiry - EASA now mandate that, upon passing an PC flight, the rating is now issued with an expiry date as of the end of the calendar month the rating was due to expire.
(a) Revalidation. For revalidation of type ratings for helicopters, the applicant shall:
(1) pass a proficiency check in accordance with Appendix 9 to this Part in the relevant type of helicopter or an FSTD representing that type within the 3 months immediately preceding the expiry date of the rating; and
(2) complete at least 2 hours as a pilot of the relevant helicopter type within the validity period of the rating. The duration of the proficiency check may be counted towards the 2 hours.
Renewal For the renewal of a class or type rating the applicant shall comply with all of the following:
(1) complete a proficiency check in accordance with Appendix 9 to this Annex;
(2) prior to the proficiency check referred to in point (1), complete a refresher training at an ATO if deemed necessary by the ATO to reach the level of proficiency to safely operate the relevant class or type of aircraft, except if it holds a valid rating for the same class or type of aircraft on a pilot licence issued by a third country in accordance with Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention and if it is entitled to exercise the privileges of that rating. The applicant may take the training:
(i) at a DTO or at an ATO, if the expired rating concerned a non-high-performance single-engine piston class rating, a TMG class rating or a single-engine type rating for helicopters referred to in point DTO.GEN.110(a)(2)(c) of Annex VIII;
(ii) at a DTO, at an ATO or with an instructor, if the rating expired no more than three years before and the rating concerned a non-high-performance single-engine piston class rating or a TMG class rating.
All of the above training and testing can be signed off in your licence by the examiner.
If your rating is on the back of your licence the Examiner cannot sign off your rating and you need to submit the rating to the CAA, who will issue you with a new Type Rating.
However, the examiner may be able to issue with a Temporary Rating Certificate
If you have any questions or need any further information please don’t hesitate to contact us
Balearic Helicopters operates under its own EASA DTO, issued by AESA Spain. ESP.DTO.005