Renewing an Expired EASA Type Rating

Updated on 11th December,2015

If you have let your helicopter type rating lapse – i.e. you forgot to do the annual License Proficiency Check (LPC) on time; then you will have to renew the rating before you can fly as PIC. Under EASA regulations this is quite practical and very straight forward.

The amount of training you will be required to do depends on three factors:

  • Your experience.
  • How long the type rating has lapsed
  • The complexity of the aircraft

The requirements are all explained in EASA Document PART FCL Acceptable Means of Compliance AMC1 FCL.740(b)(1).

If the type rating has lapsed, you will have to do refresher training at an Approved Training Organisation (ATO). The objective of the training is to reach the proficiency necessary to safely operate the relevant type or class of aircraft.

To determine your experience, the ATO will evaluate your log book and , if necessary, conduct a test in a Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD)

The amount of time lapsed since the expiry of the validity period of the rating is the most influential variable here for most people. The amount of training needed to reach the desired level of proficiency will increase with the time lapsed. In some cases, after evaluating the pilot, and when the time lapsed is very limited (less than 3 months) the ATO may even determine that no further refresther training is necessary. When determining the needs of the pilot, the following items will be taken into consideration:

  • Expiry shorter than 3 months: no supplementary requirements
  • Expiry longer than 3 months but less than 1 year: a minimum of 2 training sessions
  • Expiry longer than 1 year but less than 3 years: a minimum of 3 training sessions in which the most important malfunctions in the available systems are covered
  • Expiry longer than 3 years: the pilot should undergo the training required for the initial issue of the rating or, in case of helicopter, the training required for the ‘additional type issue’, according to other valid ratings held.

Once the ATO has determined the needs of the pilot, it will develop an individual training programme that should be based on the initial training for the issue of the rating and focus on the aspects where the applicant has shown the greatest needs.

After successful completion of the training, the ATO will issue a certificate or other documental evidence that the training has been successfully achieved to the pilot. This will be submitted to the relevant Authority when applying for the type rating renewal. The certificate or other documental evidence must contain a description of the training programme.

On successful completion of a License Skills Test (LST) the pilot must then wait for the  type rating to be renewed on their license before flying as PIC.

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