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What does Part as in Part-FCL actually mean?

Old 19th Jun 2014, 08:53
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Question What does Part as in Part-FCL actually mean?

I having been through the mill to get my Part-FCL I wondered what the abbreviation Part actually meant. I have looked all over the place including the EU documentation and I can't seem to find a definition. It looks like the term just sprang into being fully formed, just what aviation needs more abbreviations. I am sure there are wise ones out there that know so would be grateful if someone could advise (as it is really bugging me).
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Old 19th Jun 2014, 08:58
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never mind the 'part', whats an FCL?
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Old 19th Jun 2014, 09:02
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What does Part as in Part-FCL actually mean?

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Old 19th Jun 2014, 10:03
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I've always assumed it meant that part of the regs pertaining to licencing. But then I should know better than to assume anything in aviation......
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.....or licensing even.
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Old 19th Jun 2014, 10:05
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It just means the part (piece, component, subset...) of a larger set of regulations.

If you go to the USA, the aviation stuff (known as FARs or Federal Aviation Regulations) are actually a subset of federal regulations known as "14 CFR - or 14th Code of Federal Regulations".

So an airliner is certified in the USA to "14CFR part 25", also known as "FAR-25".

In Europe, the same aircraft would be certified to a similar document called CS.25 "Certification Specification No.25", unless it's an older aeroplane in which case it's JAR-25, "Joint Aviation Requirements, part 25".

As a convenient international shorthand, we all call those regulations collectively "Part 25". There's a similar set for light aeroplanes we call part 23, light helicopters are part 27, large helicopters are part 29. Regulations for aircraft maintenance are in part 145, licenced engineer qualification in part 66.

That shorthand has just spread to all other parallel regulations. And so the regulations to do with flight crew licencing are being referred to as "Part FCL", as a convenient shorthand that (almost) everybody understands.

There are loads of others - part M is to do with maintenance, part E is to do with engine certification....

So, it's just a word, and doesn't stand for anything.

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Old 19th Jun 2014, 21:50
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Means "partly" thought out,
but not thoroughly thought out!
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Old 21st Jun 2014, 01:42
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Or in the UK CAA's case, "We'll implement the parts we like and ignore the parts which don't make us money".
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Old 15th Aug 2018, 09:29
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Part FCL

I've been looking at this for other reasons; Part FCL (per Euro Regs) means: ' 



‘Part-FCL licence’ means a flight crew licence which complies with the requirements of Annex I;
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