Following the UK’s exit from the EU on 31 January, a transition period will apply until 31 December 2020. During this period, the UK and the aviation sector will continue to follow EU law and to participate in the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) system. As a result, businesses and individuals operating in the UK should see no change to existing conditions during the transition period, while the longer-term UK-EU relationship on aviation is determined. Please see the homepage for further details.

A fuller outline of the position as the UK enters the transition period is available here.

While the respective positions outlined in the UK Government and EU negotiating mandates indicate what both sides want in terms of future agreements on air transport and aviation safety and security, the conditions that will exist after the end of the transition period are still uncertain. Given this uncertainty, the FAQ information below should not be regarded as exhaustive and will be subject to change.

As the UK-EU negotiations move forward and more information becomes available, the CAA will update these FAQs and notify stakeholders of the updates through the SkyWise alert system. If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe to the EU exit category in the SkyWise system: skywise.caa.co.uk

My cabin crew attestation and medical report were issued by a UK CAA-approved organisation/doctor. Will they still be valid if UK participation in EASA ceases?

On the basis that the UK’s membership of the EASA system ceases at the end of the transition period and if there is no mutual recognition of safety certificates between the UK and European systems, UK-issued attestations and medical reports would continue to be required and remain valid – provided you are working on UK-registered aircraft.

If you would be working on aircraft registered in one of the 27 EU countries, you should contact your airline and/or the National Aviation Authority for the country where your airline’s aircraft are registered before the end of the transition period to establish arrangements for recognition of your attestation and medical report. Your UK-issued attestation and medical report may not be considered valid.

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What if I am currently applying for an attestation from another EASA member state?

On the basis that the UK’s membership of the EASA system ceases at the end of the transition period and if there is no mutual recognition of safety certificates between the UK and European systems, UK-issued attestations would continue to be required if you are working on UK-registered aircraft. They could be held alongside an EASA attestation after this scenario comes into effect, but not while the UK remains a member of EASA. If you are asked to surrender your UK-issued attestation as part of an application to an EASA state while the UK is still in EASA, you should not do so if you are going to be working on UK-registered aircraft.

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What if my existing attestation and medical report were issued by an organisation/doctor approved by another EASA member state?

They would remain valid for work on EU-registered aircraft. For work on UK-registered aircraft, it is intended they would remain valid for up to two years after our participation with EASA ceases.

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