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Features June 2012 Issue

European IFR changes

New European regs may dramatically increase the number of private instrument pilots, but will force FAA license holders resident in Europe to be dual-qualified.

It may surprise U.S. pilots to know that much (perhaps most) private instrument flying in Europe is done in U.S.-registered aircraft using an FAA-issued pilotís certificate. But the times are a-changing. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is now the sole authority across much of Europe, enforcing by law what was an amalgamation of voluntary agreements between countries.

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