Business operators from outside the European Union must act now to ensure they can continue flying into European Aviation Safety Agency-regulated countries next year.

Training and consultancy firm AeroEx believes that the new rules, which come into force from 1 April 2012, will compel third country operators to document their compliance with EASA safety regulations or face potential bans.

Commercial operators will be audited by EASA while private owners must self-certificate. However, the latter group will be subject to random ramp inspections, said AeroEx managing director Joel Hencks.

"An operator from the Cayman Islands, for example, operating in and out of the European community has to comply with these third-country rules," he said. "Major companies have the resources to address this, but the smaller ones might need some help."

As a result, AeroEx has launched a number of tailored online training courses - branded as eTraining - said Torsten Kriening, eproduction partner at the company,

"It offers clients a new way of meeting their training needs," he said.

The eTraining will not replace classroom-based training, added Hencks, but augment it by allowing round-the-clock availability of the required modules. It is also more cost-effective, he said.

Source: Flight Daily News