Dear Members,

Even in these times there is some good news, and we are starting 2021 with some: our new competence network has gained broad support. I would like to thank all those who are involved already.

A great many instructors and checkers of various aircraft types have contacted us. We would like to bring them together with those who have to focus on maintaining their flying skills at the moment, be it due to extended short-time work or even unemployment.

But we could use a lot more expertise and skills in various fields. Therefore: Join the competence network and let us know about your skills. All of us can benefit from it collectively.

Malte Fuhrmann
Board Member

Strong start of the competence network

Our new competence network has been launched with a very promising start. So far, more than 100 VC members have already registered their data and we naturally hope that there will be significantly more.

Overall - as was to be expected - additional flying qualifications predominate. We were able to register TRIs, TREs, SFIs and other competencies for all relevant types of aircraft. Somewhat less, but still very numerous, are also academic degrees, for example in technical, medical and social sciences. Some members have also registered contacts in associations and politics as well as competencies in adult education and coaching.

If you do not yet know exactly what the competence network is about and whether it is something you would like to participate in, you might want to take a look at VC Debrief #6 (if you speak German). In the video, project initiator Farid Merdaci and Bastian Roet explain the details:

If you would also like to help advance VC and its members, enter your qualifications and competencies here: To the memebers' area of the VC Website.

VC Info dates 2021

We will gladly accept your articles for VC Info at any time and publish them continuously in the Waypoints as well as on the VC Info website. The dates for the editorial deadline apply to the respective PDF version.

Flyer - We say no to sexism!

The AG DAS (working group diversity and social) draws attention to a flyer from the United Leaders Association (ULA), of which VC is a member. It is entitled "Wir sagen Nein zu Sexismus! Klares Bekenntnis der Führungskräfte gegen Sexismus" ("We say no to sexism! Clear commitment of leaders against sexism", in German only) and explains why sexism is still a widespread problem, what leaders can do about it and how they can offer help to those affected.

Return to flying checklist for pilots

The following IFALPA checklist is recommended to all colleagues who may start a flight duty after a longer absence. It is not only about formal requirements such as the license, but also aspects of a human nature.

At this point, we would like to emphasize in advance the appeal to allow yourself and the crew more time for preparation and operation of a flight. The VC QUAT working group is available to answer any questions you may have.

IFALPA Return to Flying Checklist for Pilots

Survey - Cybersecurity of ATC communications

Researchers at the University of Oxford are working on a study of the cybersecurity of ATC communications over VHF voice and CPDLC. As part of the study there is a survey on the experiences of pilots, air traffic controllers and technicians. It is supposed to take 15-30 minutes.

Take the survey

Initiative against runway excursions

According to IATA figures, runway excursions played a role in 23 percent of all accidents between 2005 and 2019. Associations, authorities, aircraft and avionics manufacturers, airlines and airports have now joined forces in a global initiative to combat the problem of runway excursions. The alliance goes by the name of "GAPPRE" (Global Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Excursions).

The initiative is made up of stakeholders from a wide range of areas, as runway excursions are usually complex incidents and no single stakeholder can solve these problems alone. On behalf of the European Cockpit Association (ECA), two VC members of the Air Traffic Services working group, Moritz Bürger and Peter Rix, were also involved in the creation of the GAPPRE.

As result of the global initiative, a detailed list of recommendations has now been presented for airports, air navigation service providers, aircraft operators, aircraft manufacturers, authorities as well as for states and international organizations.

Global Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Excursions: Part 1 - Recommendations

Drone News - Proof of competence now also required for open category

With the entry into force of EU Regulation 2019/947 on 31.12.2020, a proof of competence - also called drone license - is also required in the open category for all UAV >250g. Previously, licensed pilots were allowed to fly drones in the open category based on their license. There is no transition period here - because the transition period only applies to already existing proof of competence (if someone already has a drone license).

More information is available on the EASA website:

The LBA has launched a new website for online training and the opportunity to take the exam for the new certificate of competency:

Webinars and educational film on cabin air quality

The Global Cabin Air Quality Executive (GCAQE) points out that its series of webinars has started again. Free online events on various aspects of cabin air are now scheduled through March. For more information and registration, please see GCAQE's website.

In addition, the GCAQE has presented a new educational film: Understanding filtration and 'bleed air' systems on commercial jet aircraft

News from associations, organisations and regulators




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