CATS Brexit Guidance

There has been some consternation about whether UK PART-FCL theoretical knowledge examinations will remain valid under conditions of a ‘hard’ Brexit deal. For students wishing to continue their examinations in a European PART-FCL state guidance has been sought from a European PART-FCL member state, Austro Control.

There follows a reply to Dr Stuart E. Smith, Head of Training of CATS, from Austro Control:
“By way of derogation from Commission Regulations (EU) No 1178/2011 and (EU) No 1321/2014, the competent authorities of the Member States or the Agency, as applicable, shall take account of the examinations taken in training organisations that are subject to oversight by the competent authority of the United Kingdom but which have not yet led to the issuance of the license prior to the date of application referred to in the second subparagraph of Article 10(2) of this Regulation, as if they had been taken with a training organisation subject to the oversight of the competent authority of a Member State.”

“Although the Article refers to “examinations taken in training organizations” we [Austro Control] interpret this provision in a way that theoretical knowledge examinations taken with the CAA-UK are to be considered as if they had been taken with Austro Control, as this is the only way this article makes sense, since there are no examinations in training organizations foreseen by the Aircrew Regulation, except for the issue of class or type ratings according to FCL.725 (b) which then again would not “lead to the issuance of a license”.

“We are aware that there are different interpretations, but this is the way we understand this Article, because it would not make sense to refer to the Aircrew Regulation, if the provision was not meant for the Aircrew Regulation.”

This infers that students already part-way through the UK theoretical knowledge examination system may continue their examinations with Austro Control should they choose to do so.

Dr Stuart E. Smith
Head of Training, CATS

22 Jul

International Civil Aviation Day - Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind

7th December each year is recognized globally as International Civil Aviation Day (ICAD).

The theme "Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind" was established on a recurring basis for the 2016-2018 ICAO triennium, in order to highlight the enormous transformational power of air connectivity to improve people’s lives.

The image shows diplomats from 54 world powers as they risked war torn skies to meet in Chicago in 1944 (above), where they drafted the visionary Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention) which established ICAO. It was formalized in the Convention’s preamble that civil aviation should be developed as a tool for world peace and prosperity, and in the decades since its ability to connect the world’s peoples and cultures and improve the prosperity of local populations has only become more relevant. Today more than 10 million passengers take to the skies on over 100,000 flights each and every day in aviation’s global network, numbers which are all set to double in the next 15 years based on current forecasts.

7 Dec

Well done to all those sitting some very hard exams last week really pleased to see so many of you doing so well...

13 Nov

Some of our students enjoying a simulated flight from Edinburgh to Gatwick...

25 Oct

The next intake for the CATS ATPL In-House Course is 19th November. This will be Stage 2. Get in touch to secure your place.

24 Oct

Pilot testing is now available to all students, the test is to show you your starting point and your strengths and weaknesses, so we can create a program to help you achieve your dream.

22 Oct

CATS launches a new modular course.

15 Nov

CATS is really excited to announce that we now have approval from the UK CAA for our partnership with European Flyers in Madrid and Alicante (Spain)

4 Jul

We've been livening up the end of our Luton Ground School with a new quiz challenge.  Inevitably the prize led to a new piece of CATS vocabulary - 'the KitKat challenge'!

3 Mar

Busy day at the Pilot careers live show at Croke Park, Dublin!

27 Feb

We are thrilled to announce the BWPA Diamond Jubilee CATS scholarship has been won by Kanchana Gamage. Kanchana is a founder of the Aviatrix Project, working with schools to try and encourage more girls into careers in aviation.

6 Dec

CATS is honoured to be sponsoring Stjohn Youngman in his Pitts Special for the 2016 British Aerobatics Season. Watch this space!

9 Oct

We're delighted to welcome Anna Takken on board - recipient of the 2015 CATS FITA scholarship!

14 Aug

Fantastic night out for the CATS Team as Business Innovation and E-Business finalists at the FSB Bedfordshire Business Awards!

25 Jun

A fantastic start to CATS ATPL Ground School at Aerodynamics Málaga (Spain)... bit.ly/fb-cats-atpl-spain

19 May

Thanks to Sylvain Dondey for this video of the CATS In-House Groundschool flight on a Dragon Rapide! fb.me/1GmwPeX

16 Apr

Students enjoy the first CATS brush-up Groundschool in Scotland! fb.me/1Gmvchn

15 Apr

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