European pilots will have to meet higher written-examination standards than those of existing UK ones, reveals UK Civil Aviation Authority head of flightcrew licensing (FCL), Des Payton.

Payton describes the ground-examination standards set by the new European pilot-licensing Joint Aviation Regulations (JAR FCL) as "-a bit of a levelling-up of the technical theory knowledge". He admits, however, that setting the ground-examinations questions is the "critical line" for meeting JAR FCL implementation deadlines; only one-quarter of the questions has so far been agreed.

The complete examination questions list is expected to be framed by January 1998.

Source: Flight International