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Briefing December 2010 Issue

Briefing: December 2010

Owning an N-number Based in Europe May Lose its Charm

New rules proposed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) “would render FAA pilot certificates and instrument ratings issued to pilots living and operating in Europe (including U.S. citizens based in and flying in Europe) effectively worthless, requiring them to essentially start over and retrain and recertify,” said AOPA spokesman Chris Dancy. Dancy also pointed out that a sudden glut of N-number aircraft being offered for sale could further depress the U.S. market. There are an estimated 10,000 pilots in Europe flying under U.S. certificates.

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