How to renew expired typerating?

In accordance with FCL.740(a) the validity period of class and type ratings shall be 1 year. Once expired, the renewal procedure iaw FCL.740(b) has to be applied to bring back the privileges.

For the renewal of a type rating the applicant shall comply with all of the following:

  • complete a license proficiency check with an EASA Examiner in accordance with Appendix 9 to Part FCL;
  • prior to the proficiency check referred to in point, complete a refresher training at an ATO if deemed necessary by the ATO to reach the level of proficiency to safely operate the relevant class or type of aircraft, except if it holds a valid rating for the same type of aircraft on a pilot licence issued by a third country in accordance with Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention and if it is entitled to exercise the privileges of that rating. 

Refresher training

The renewal procedure is described in AMC1 FCL.740(b) as follows.

The objective of the refresher training is for the applicant to reach the level of proficiency necessary to safely operate the relevant type aircraft. The amount of refresher training needed should be determined on a case-by-case basis by the ATO taking into account the following factors:

  • the experience of the applicant;
  • the amount of time elapsed since the privileges of the rating were last used;
  • the complexity of the aircraft;
  • whether the applicant has a current rating on another aircraft type; and
  • where considered necessary, the performance of the applicant during a simulated proficiency check for the rating in an FSTD or an aircraft of the relevant type or class.

It is expected that the amount of training needed to reach the desired level of proficiency will increase analogously to the time elapsed since the privileges of the rating were last used.

After having determined the needs of the applicant, the ATO should develop an individual training programme based on the initial training for the type rating, focusing on the aspects where the applicant has shown the greatest needs.

With the exception of refresher training for ratings for aircraft referred to in point FCL.740(b)(2)(i), refresher training should include theoretical knowledge instruction, as necessary, such as for type-specific system failures in complex aircraft. The performance of the applicant should be reviewed during the training and additional instruction should be provided to the applicant, where necessary, to reach the standard required for the proficiency check.

After successful completion of the training, the ATO should issue the applicant with a training completion certificate or another document specified by the competent authority, describing the evaluation of the factors, the training received, and a statement that the training has been successfully completed. The training completion certificate should be presented to the EASA examiner prior to the proficiency check. Following the successful renewal of the rating, the training completion certificate or the other document specified by the competent authority and the examiner report form should be submitted to the competent authority.

Taking into account the factors, the ATO may also decide that the applicant already possesses the required level of proficiency and that no refresher training is necessary. In such a case, the certificate or other documental evidence  should contain a respective statement including sufficient reasoning.