The shock new directive comes in the wake of several incidents where elements of organised crime and convicted criminals are enrolling with legitimate training providers to obtain a variety of licences, but at a later stage in the process, the candidate is unable or unwilling to provide a valid logbook.
The directive also covers UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Drones) and comes in a week when HM Inspector of Prisons says that drones 'on an industrial scale' are lifting contraband packages over high perimeter walls and into the Prison estate, these are being 'shot-netted' and seized daily. Other news agency reports suggest in a new development, that 'home-made' explosive devices, are also being strapped to drones and flown directly to intending target locations.
In a new statement, the CAA says: Individuals in such a position will now be required to follow the process stated below:
- Arrange an interview with the CAA, in writing, by contacting FCLWEB@caa.co.uk stating the subject as ‘LOST LOGBOOK INTERVIEW’. The email must provide name, date of birth and CAA reference number (if issued), together with a brief account of the reason why the logbook is not in your possession. Reasons may, for example, include loss, theft, damage or, in the case of e-logbook records, corruption/deletion of data. Any loss, theft or malicious damage will be expected to have been reported to the police and evidence must be provided to that effect, including an incident number.
- Applicants must provide a selection of dates, at least 2 weeks in advance, when they will be available for CAA interview, so that appropriately qualified members of staff can be made available to assist. There will be a Licence Application service fee of £100.00. The interview process will determine the evidence that an individual will be required to obtain for the CAA to consider their application further.
- Once an applicant has obtained the required evidence, they are to arrange a second interview with the CAA again by contacting FCLWEB@caa.co.uk. This will only be available if booked in advance, again at a fee of £100.00.
- The CAA will then review the documentary evidence provided. The CAA is unable provide a timescale for the completion of this review, as this will be dependent upon the timeliness of responses from third parties involved in the evidence gathering process.
Training Providers, Instructors and Examiners need to be aware that the CAA will no longer accept a sworn affidavit as the primary means of accepting hours, so this needs to be taken into account prior to any recommendation for the grant of any privileges for a person without a logbook. However, where possible, they are requested to assist individuals who find themselves in this predicament by ensuring that any statements provided can be supported by their training logs, aircraft logs and personal logbooks.
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