PBN Standard has been implemented by Commission Regulation (EU) No 539/2016 related to Performance Based Navigation (PBN) that amends Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 (the Aircrew Regulation ).
The new EASA PBN regulations will require that from 25 August 2018, pilots may only fly in Europe in accordance with PBN routes and procedures after they have been granted PBN privileges as an endorsement to their Instrument Rating. Furthermore, all pilots will need to have PBN privileges within their Instrument Rating (IR) or Enroute Instrument Rating (EIR) after 25 August 2020.
In parallel, France has decided to anticipate the implementation of the EU Regulation on the French territory from the 25th August 2017. As a consequence, all Approved Training Organisations (ATO) conducting training for the addition of PBN privileges had to amend their training curriculums including PBN training, as per EASA Learning Objectives [AMC7 FCL.615(b)] and also ICAO Doc 9613.
Since the 25th August 2017, ETOPS is authorised to deliver Type rating programs with PBN training integrated. A Course Completion Certificate that confirms the pilot has received the required technical knowledge and flight training, as applicable, will be presented to the examiner before the Skills Test, after the type rating course with PBN program has been successfully completed.
ETOPS was one of the first ATO in France to provide Type rating programs including PBN training.