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FlightDetent 7th May 2018 22:59

hours / no-incident verification: mandatory?
 
Someone recently uttered in my presence, that by EASA/EU rules the AOC holder is lawfully obliged to provide a "job verification". True or false?

Any reference to actual chapter and verse much appreciated.

RudderTrimZero 8th May 2018 11:11

In your subject title you mentioned "hours / no-incident verification" and in the text above just "job verification". The two are not seen as the same in may places. I have recent first-hand experience trying to get a reference letter from a major UK airline confirming not only my dates of employment and job title but also my hours flown as per their records along with a "no-incident" verification. HR produced a very basic letter with the dates but refused to provide additional information. They also blocked the Pilot Manager from writing such a thing. Despite my plea that without this my employment chances abroad will be limited, they continued to refuse (The Arabs and Chinese demand this sort of thing all the time).

I highly doubt there's such a rule at the EASA level (EU forget it). In the UK, we have the following: https://www.gov.uk/work-reference . It tells us employers don't have to provide one if they don't want to but must if they are in a "regulated" industry. And even then there's no rule specifying level of detail. Can "regulated" apply to aviation? Who knows...

RUMBEAR 8th May 2018 13:38

Airlines in Asia seem to have developed a desire for these no accident / incident reports. As most regulatory authorities donít routinely provide them the burden has been moved to the individual airline. Seems to be a worthless piece of paper as Iím sure itís possible to get a friendly mid level manager to provide on company letter head.

Dont they trust the quality of their Training and Checking dept anymore?


VinRouge 8th May 2018 15:51

If they won't provide, provide one for them.

Sepp 8th May 2018 16:15

They'd have a hard time getting one out of the last Company I worked for... it no longer exists!

FlightDetent 8th May 2018 22:35

RTzero: correct!

While there'd be local rules, non-aviation based, that a job/assignment reference is a duty of the employer (assuming you had an employee status in the first place), it does not cover the no-accident/incident statement or hours flown.

What I heard and came to verify, that somewhere under the AOC holder approval is an obligation to give their departing crew an experience certificate.

Just like you said, a job reference could be provided (a very reasonable one) by the agency, but the airline themselves refuse to issue the flight hours certificate. Are there tools to go via CAA and push them? That's what I am after.

Sucram 9th May 2018 14:54

I just got a reply from the CAA about this, they will not provide this as they say you may not have reported an incident or accident. Just covering themselves I suppose, you can pay them £46 to verify you actually have a license!

FlightDetent 9th May 2018 20:43

That's sad, really? Even the justification is ... sad. And small.

Some other CAA's would issue the no-incident/accident clean bill of health with the licence verification, for me both of them for one revenue stamp worth 2 pounds. Of course, the statement itself reads "no record of INC/ACC", but to refuse so altogether ...

Thought as RTzero points out, some workplaces need a similar statement from the last operator(s) HQ, as the CAA note is not deemed enough.

tgo15 5th Aug 2019 23:52

Helloo do you finally find a way to get caa incident accident letter ?

763 jock 6th Aug 2019 02:36

What counts as an incident? Minor flap speed exceedance? Go around due unstable approach? Windshear?

Any of the above would rule out almost every pilot with more than a handful of hours.

UAV689 7th Aug 2019 20:23

Its such a crazy attitude these countries have over this.

Would Sully not get a job because of his ďincidentĒ

at best it encourages people to hide reportable events. just because a pilot has not yet had a reportable incident, does not stop him having a double engine failure due to a design fault....

and you get a report, next day something happens, is he still hired? Or must we resubmit a report everyday we fly whilst serving our notice period.

This mentality of these countries is retarded.

parabellum 7th Aug 2019 22:23


This mentality of these countries is retarded.
All this verification started because airlines found they were being duped by people claiming hours and command time they didn't have.

One airline I know simply writes to your present employer, without your permission, and asks them outright if you are who you say you are, with the experience you claim and incident accident free.

Sadly, once again, the pilot community have brought this upon themselves by being dishonest.

bringbackthe80s 8th Aug 2019 02:20


Originally Posted by parabellum (Post 10539467)
All this verification started because airlines found they were being duped by people claiming hours and command time they didn't have.

One airline I know simply writes to your present employer, without your permission, and asks them outright if you are who you say you are, with the experience you claim and incident accident free.

Sadly, once again, the pilot community have brought this upon themselves by being dishonest.


???? What??

it should be automatic (and compulsory by law) that when you leave an airline they must give you a certificate with the hours flown and a no accident letter.
After all we do, all the risk we have on a daily basis, discretion etc.. you still say we did it ourselves??? Unbelievable. Wake up people

rotordisk 8th Aug 2019 10:18

I have been wondering about this topic..
Airlines often include a question in their application process, asking wether you were ever involved in an accident/incident.
I would imagine that given the chance between 2 equal applicants, with 1 of them having been involved in an incident, the other one would be preferred ?

As said above, what if the incident/accident was a result of a technical/external/ factor that in no way could have been avoided by the applicant's actions?

What If tomorrow I am involved in a serious incident, related to a technical failure, how could that bar me from joining certain airlines in the future?

hans brinker 9th Aug 2019 07:57


Originally Posted by rotordisk (Post 10539905)
I have been wondering about this topic..
Airlines often include a question in their application process, asking wether you were ever involved in an accident/incident.
I would imagine that given the chance between 2 equal applicants, with 1 of them having been involved in an incident, the other one would be preferred ?

As said above, what if the incident/accident was a result of a technical/external/ factor that in no way could have been avoided by the applicant's actions?

What If tomorrow I am involved in a serious incident, related to a technical failure, how could that bar me from joining certain airlines in the future?

Two applicants. Both same amount of hours on same type.
Applicant A: flew for reputable carrier, never had anything go wrong, flew in nice weather, had his planning handled by someone else.
Applicant B: Had to fight management pushing him to operate unsafely. Had two engines fail, but landed safely,

100% A will get hired before B.


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