1.1 The operator of every aircraft registered in the Territory and flying for the purpose of commercial air transport is required to establish a training programme and competency assessment programme, approved by the OTAA, to ensure that flight and cabin crew members are adequately trained and competent to perform their duties.
1.2 Flight examinations are required to be carried out by an appropriately qualified Flight Examiner (FE).
1.3 For larger AOC holders, the FE is usually an employee of the operator, who flies as PIC during company flight operations and who maintains a high degree of proficiency in the aircraft and operations for which he will be engaged in performing flight examinations. It is the responsibility of the operator to ensure that employee FEs are appropriately qualified in accordance with the OTARs (Parts 121/135); however, any FE who does not hold a licence issued under OTAR Part 61 will require a FE Authorisation from the OTAA, in addition to any licence validation that has been issued.
1.4 For small AOC holders, where the direct employment of a FE is not practicable, flight examinations may be conducted by a suitably qualified person, who holds a FE Authorisation. It is permitted for a FE Authorisation to be granted to a suitably qualified person who does not hold a licence validation for the Overseas Territory issuing the authorisation.
1.5 A FE Authorisation alone does not entitle the holder to act as a member of the flight crew of an aircraft registered in the Territory when conducting flight examinations: an appropriate OTAR Part 61 validation must be held.