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Regulations cause pilot licence fear

Unread post by bimjim » Thu Feb 17, 2011

http://www.tribune242.com/business/0216 ... ss_Page1-4

Regulations cause pilot licence fear
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A leading Bahamian aviation executive last night urged the Government to include a 'grandfathering' or transition period in the amended Civil Aviation Safety regulations, explaining that their immediate implementation could leave up to 70-80 per cent of this nation's pilots flying without a licence.

Captain Randy Butler, chief executive of Sky Bahamas, told Tribune Business that while he and other operators backed the new regulations, their enforcement could potentially wreak havoc on the sector as, without a valid licence, Bahamian pilots would be unable to fly on both domestic and international routes.

Of particular concern, he explained, was the new requirement that all pilot licences expire within 24 calendar months from the date of issuance. In the absence of any 'grandfathering' clause of transition period, Mr Butler said all pilots with a licence issued before 2009 could effectively be prevented from flying until they renewed this.

He added that the majority of industry licences, based on his experience, were issued in the 2000-2004 period following the last amendments to the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations in 2001. Captain Butler estimated that some 70-80 per cent of Bahamas-based pilots could be in this situation.

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"Pilot licences expire in 24 calendar months from the date of issuance," he told Tribune Business. "I'm flying, and all of a sudden I don't have a valid licence."

Questioning whether Civil Aviation had enough personnel to rapidly process licences, Captain Butler added that cabin crew were now also required to be licensed "overnight", another potential industry impediment if the regulations were implemented immediately.

"The regulations are a good thing. It's a good thing that they're in. The process and way they're being implemented is going to be a problem," Captain Butler told Tribune Business. "If they do enforce them, if a pilot doesn't have a licence he shouldn't be flying.

"Can they put in a transition period or say they're going to give us time to come into compliance? The old regulations gave us 12 months, with pilots having two months to come in and get their licences renewed."

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