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Civil aviation licences
This directive aims to establish a Community procedure for the mutual acceptance of licences and qualifications of persons working in civil aviation in order to ensure that air transport services operate efficiently and safely and to guarantee free movement of these workers throughout the Community.
Council Directive 91/670/EEC of 16 December 1991 on the mutual acceptance of licences for persons working in civil aviation [Official Journal L 373 of 31.12.1991].
The Directive applies to procedures for the mutual acceptance of licences issued by the Member States to flight crews in civil aviation.
Description of the conditions under which Member States have to accept licences issued by other Member States, together with the associated privileges and certificates. Holders of private pilot licences may fly aircraft registered in another Member State. This recognition is limited to the exercise of the privileges of the holder of a private pilot's licence and of associated aircraft ratings under visual flight rules (VFR) by day only in an aircraft certificated for single-pilot operations.
A Member State must accept any licence issued by another Member State in accordance with the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation, provided that the holder has complied with the special validation requirements described in the annex to the Directive.
The Commission drew up and sent to all Member States a comparative survey of the requirements individuals must meet in order to qualify for licences covering the same activities issued in each Member State to enable the competent authorities to assess the extent to which licences issued by other Member States are the equivalent of their own. Description of the procedure to be followed by a Member State when a licence cannot be accepted because it is not equivalent.
The Directive provides that nationals of all Member States are to be admitted to public and private training institutions and to examinations in any Member State on the same basis as its own nationals.
Member States may choose whether to accept licences issued by Member States on the basis of licences issued by third countries.
As from 7 April 2008, Directive 91/670/EEC will be repealed by Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 which establishes a framework for the definition and implementation of technical rules and common admistrative procedures in the field of civil aviation, and sets up a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). In particular, this Regulation defines the different qualifications required for the allocation of licences for pilots and cabin crew, conditions for their issue, and the privileges and responsibilities of holders of licences.
|Act||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Directive 91/670/EEC||-||01.06.1992||OJ L 373 of 31.12.1991|