Wiking Helikopter GmbH is an offshore AOC holder and an ATO providing services for offshore wind parks. In order to meet compliance demands of the German LBA and to further improve their daily operation Wiking hired FTDC to provide Ground Operations Manual for general activities and specific helicopter models, such as the Sikorsky S76 and the Augusta Westland AW139. The manual comprises the sections Passenger, Baggage and Cargo Handling Procedures as well as Load Control, Dangerous Goods and Security especially during off-shore sea operation.
FTD Consulting signs contract for ATO approval documentation with Fliegerclub Nuernberg e.V. The aeroclub will use the tailored ATO documents in order to conduct LAPL, PPL and Aerobatics courses according to EASA-Regulation 1178/2011 and 290/2012.
EASA – Authorisation of Third Country Operators (TCO)
„Third Country Operators engaging in Commercial Air Transport (CAT) to the EU will have to submit their TCO application within the first 6 months after Part-TCO has become applicable.“
The 6 month period started 26 May 2014 and ends with the deadline on 26 November 2014!
Important to know:
„Operators who fail to apply for a TCO authorisation within 6 months – until 26 November 2014 – after entry into force of Part-TCO may face delays in their authorisation process which could lead to a disruption of their operation to the EU until completion of their assessment and issuance of the TCO authorisation. It is therefore in the best interest of operators to apply for a TCO authorisation within the application period (6 months after Part-TCO entry into force).“
Who needs a TCO authorisation?
Any third-country operator who intends to perform commercial air transport (CAT) operations into, within or out of any of the following territories:
the 32 EASA Member States of the European Union plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland
the territories in which the Basic Regulation applies (Gibraltar, Åland Islands, Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion, Saint-Martin, Mayotte)
A TCO authorisation will not be required for operators only overflying the above mentioned territories without intended landing.
As TCO you need to comply with ICAO requirements which are compared against
EASA standards. You as TCO need to close the gaps between ICAO requirements and
FTD Consulting is a member of the EASA Consultants – a network of consultants covering every aspect of aviation. Within this alliance network we can support your TCO approval with:
Application Support (Liaison with EASA on customers behalf)
Gap Analysis (Identification of non-compliance with ICAO and/or
EASA standards, the ICAO Annexes, EU SERA)
Support for ongoing compliance monitoring
Audit preparation and compliance audits
Technical writing for document preparation
Training on ICAO and EASA standards
Call for action!
We can help you to apply with EASA before 26 November 2014
FTD Consulting will support you in the transition Application, Evaluation, Preparation & Monitoring
German Private Jet Group AG has hired FTD Consulting for support of their intended ATO application. FTDC will provide necassary documentation according to EU-Regulation 1178/2011 and 290/2012. Furthermore, FTD Consulting will prvide application service and consulting services through the application process and coordinating the ATO approval with the approved AOC. GPJG is currently operating a fleet of Citation CJ2 525A and is providing business and private jet operations.
Flylinz has signed a contract with FTD Consulting to support their current RF to ATO conversion. FTDC will provide the full set of ATO documentation according to EU-Regulation 1178/2011 and 290/2012. Furthermore, among the standard training manuals for their motorised aircraft operation (i.e. LAPL(A), PPL(A), NVFR(A), FTDC will provide En-Route IR (EIR) & Competency-based IR (CB IR) Manuals according to Regulation No. 245/2014. FTDC will prepare the manuals and suport Flylinz in the ongoing approval process. As it stands now, most of the Registered Facilities are hesitant to convert, as time frame seems long enough. We do sincerely hope, that more RFs will decide to convert into ATOs soon in order to avoid problems converting at the very last minute.
The Aeroclub Lützellinden, a german based Registered Facility (RF) has asked FTD Consulting to support the RF-ATO conversion by providing PART-ORA documentation supplementing their already existent training manuals. FTDC has also reviewed the training manuals and has interfaced the 2 sets of documentation which are now being examined by the RP Kassel, Hesse, Germany.
AeroStar Training Services LLC hires FTD Consulting to provide EASA documentation for their Type Training on A320 and B737. As FTDC has guided several training Organisations through the EASA approval process in Europe, AST is the second organisation which is supported outside the EASA member states. AST is a type training provider conducting training on FSTD only.
The CB IR & En-Route IFR (EIR) Distance Training follows the guidelines of the Training Manual and comprises 11 Training Modules.
Each Training Module includes animated Web Based Training, Self assessment questions as well as a progress Test at the end of each module.
The CB IR/EIR Training package includes the Web Based Training, colored testbooks and a question bank to prepare for the theoretical knowledge test.
The distance training phase will require 72 hours of distance training, followed by 8 hours of classroom training at your ATO.
At a planned training pace of 2 Modules per week, about 15 hours of studie time, the distance training can be finished within 5 weeks.
The distance training follows the requirements of AMC1 ORA.ATO.300 and includes:
a planning guideline including training hours per week together with the content to be studied;
the recommended course structure including the order of teaching; planned, progress as well as self assessment tests;
possibilites of communication between students and Teletrainer;
the full documentation of the learning progress and checking; and
the possibilities to monitor the students learning progress at any time.
For more details and pricing information for Manuals and Web based Training Solutions, please contact us.
FTD Consulting has signed a contract with Piper Germany for support in the conversion from JAR TRTO to EASA ATO according to Part-FCL/-ORA of the Commission Regulation (EU) Nr. 1178/2011. FTDC is taking over the update of all training manuals approved by the german LBA.
The Norges Arktiske Universitet of Tromso and its dpeartment for aviation training, the School of Aviation (UTSA) has officially received ATO approval. FTD Consulting their ATO approval by adding the Organisation Management Manual (OMM) with integrated Safety Management System, Compliance Monitoring Program and Emergency Response Planning (ERP). For their FNPTII MCC, the Alsim ALX, FTDC had provided the FSTD Procedures Manual with integrated FSTD Compliance Management as required by PART-ORA of the Commission Regulation 1178/2012.