Flight Crew operational approval

PBN Privileges

Within Europe, flight crews have historically been approved to undertake a specific operation by demonstrating that the pilots comply with the operational requirements laid out in that specific certification standard.

In April 2016, the European Commission regulation (EU) 2016/539 came into force and introduced changes to pilot training, testing and periodic checking for PBN.   As of 25 August 2018, all instrument rated pilots are required by EASA Aircrew Regulations to hold PBN privileges to fly PBN routes and procedures. 

The Commission provided a sunset clause that permits pilots who fly routes and procedures not requiring PBN to continue to operate on such conventional routes until 25 August 2020.  From that date, all Instrument Rated (IR) pilots are required to have PBN privileges endorsed on their licences.

All Approved Training Organisation (ATO) will provide appropriate PBN training and a newly issued IR licence will have a PBN endorsement, commonly referred to as PBN privileges.  This common PBN training and endorsement covers the majority of the navigation specifications; however, special approval on top of standard PBN training is required for RNP 0.3 and RNP (AR) APCH operations.

In summary, when does my instrument rating have to include PBN privileges to be allowed to fly in IFR conditions?

· IR holders who want to fly PBN procedures have to hold PBN privileges from 25 August 2018.

· Pilots who fly on routes and approaches that do not require PBN privileges may continue to fly on an IR without PBN privileges until 25 August 2020.

· All IRs shall contain PBN privileges from 25 August 2020

A PBN endorsement is granted after the pilot has successfully completed:

· a course of theoretical knowledge including PBN.

· flying training including PBN.

· either a skill test or a proficiency check.

The completion of all requirements shall be entered in the pilot’s logbook or equivalent record. An equivalent record for pilots who do not record their flight time in an individual logbook but rely on the operator’s records for this purpose may use an extract of this record.

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