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

PLEASE NOTE: While the CAA will continue to accept and process Part FCL transfer applications under existing EASA transfer arrangements until the transition period ends, the procedures adopted by the receiving NAA and recognised validity of the licence during the transfer process may vary among EU member states. Applicants who require continuity of validity throughout the transfer process are therefore advised to apply at least 3 months prior to the end of the transition period and should also consider engaging with their intended receiving NAA to identify any potential issues.

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, commercial pilots (Part-FCL) may need to take action to ensure continuity of licence privilege in EASA Member States. Actions required would depend on individual circumstances and are a matter for each business and individual to consider. This page sets out what you need to consider in preparation for such an eventuality.

UK-ISSUED PART-FCL COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENCES

Would I be able to continue operating UK-registered aircraft?

Yes, as a signatory State to the Chicago Convention, UK Part-FCL licences would continue to be legally valid for the operation of UK-registered aircraft. Any licence and or certificate issued by the UK CAA after the end of the transition period will not include references to the EU and EASA but those issued prior to that date stating EU and EASA within them will continue to be legally valid for the operation of UK-registered aircraft.

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Would I still be able to use my UK-issued Licence, with EASA references on it, when operating UK-registered aircraft?

Yes. It is an ICAO-compliant licence and it will remain valid for operating UK-registered aircraft. 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, the CAA will provide additional clarification providing a downloadable document online to support EASA format licence documents issued prior to this scenario taking effect.

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Would I be able to continue operating EU-registered aircraft with a UK Part-FCL licence?

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 Part-FCL licences would not be valid to operate EU-registered aircraft.

To continue operating EU-registered aircraft, you may seek a licence validation from any of the EASA Competent Authorities, which would be valid for aircraft registered in any EASA Member State. You cannot seek this until after the transition period. 

We recommend that you speak to the relevant NAA as soon as possible about the process for achieving a validation of your UK issued Part-FCL licence.

Alternatively, you may undertake a State of Licence Issue transfer before the end of the transition period. This means transferring your licence from the UK to another EASA member state.

To transfer a Part FCL to a new State of Licence, a request to transfer your licence and a separate request to transfer your medical records must be submitted to the CAA before the end of the transition period. In addition, a request to become the applicant’s new State of Licence must be submitted to the receiving NAA before the end of the transition period. 

An application cannot be progressed until all three of these requests along with supporting documentation and appropriate fees have been submitted.  Applicants should also be aware that some NAAs may not be able to complete transfer requests if there is insufficient time to do so between receiving the transfer request and UK participation in EASA ceasing (should that scenario come into effect at the end of the transition period). Individuals considering transferring their licence who have not yet applied should therefore contact the proposed receiving NAA for further advice.

Incomplete applications (those where all three elements had not been received prior to UK participation in EASA and mutual recognition ceasing, should that occur) could not be progressed after the end of the transition period as the protocol for transferring licences would no longer apply to the UK. These applications would therefore be rejected.

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When is the latest I could apply to transfer my licence to another EASA member state to get it before the end of the transition period?

While the CAA will continue to accept and process Part FCL transfer applications under existing EASA transfer arrangements until the end of the transition period, the CAA has no control over the issuance process of other EASA Member States, we therefore recommend that you contact the proposed NAA directly on these matters.

Applicants should also be aware that some NAAs may not be able to complete transfer requests if there is insufficient time to do so between receiving the transfer request and UK participation in EASA ceasing. Individuals considering transferring their licence who have not yet applied should therefore contact the proposed receiving NAA for further advice and are advised to submit their transfer application at least 3 months prior to the end of the transition period.  This would not guarantee that the transfer process would be completed by the end of the transition period, but it would increase the likelihood. For further advice, applicants should contact their intended receiving NAA.

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If I transfer my licence to another EASA member state, can I be issued with a UK licence after the end of the transition period?

Yes. The CAA is developing a simplified application and validation procedure for recent holders of UK-issued Part FCLs which will accept applications in the event of UK participation in EASA and mutual recognition ceasing.

It is expected that this process would take up to 6 months to implement after the end of the transition period. Further details will be released as they become available.

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I am currently studying in the UK for my Part-FCL exams which are due to conclude before the end of the transition period. Could I change the state of my licence after this time?

This would be dependent on the NAA that you are planning to transfer your licence to. The CAA will use its reasonable endeavours to support such requests.

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How much does a State of Licence transfer cost?

That is dependent on the NAA you proposed to move to and its associated scheme of charges.

To transfer out from the CAA there is a charge of £45.00 for the processing of a change of State of Licence Issue and a charge of £105.00 pounds for the transfer of medical records.

Payment for the change of State of Licence Issue will be taken on receipt of the form SRG2150.

Payment for the transfer of medical details you will need to complete form SRG1202.

Further information concerning the process can be found on the CAA website under Changing the State of Licence issue.

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I am currently studying for my Part-FCL at a UK training organisation. Would EASA recognise this if I receive my licence after the end of the transition period?

If you are currently training for your commercial pilot licence to be issued by any NAA other than the UK, we recommend you speak to your NAA as soon as possible about how the training you have undertaken would be recognised. 

The European Commission has stated recently that:

Under Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 and in particular the second point of Appendix 3 of that regulation, a transfer from one (EASA) Approved Training Organisations (ATO) to another is possible. However, there is no exception as regards the requirement that all theoretical training exams must be taken in the same Member State. Consequently, if all the theory exams have been completed before the withdrawal date and if the change to another ATO located in the EU is done before the withdrawal date, the students will retain the credit for those theory exams performed in the UK for the normal duration of 3 years and may thus complete their training in another EU Member State.

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Would UK pilots’ medicals remain valid?

Yes. Medical certificates issued before the end of the transition period would remain valid, even if issued by a non-UK EASA Aeromedical Examiner (AME) or Aeromedical Centre (AeMC). At the first medical after the end of the transition period and thereafter, medicals would have to be issued by UK AMEs and Aeromedical Centres, both would retain their permissions and approvals under UK law. No action required.

For UK pilot licences, existing medical certificates would retain validity and UK AMEs and Aeromedical Centres would retain their permissions and approvals under UK law. No action required.

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I have a licence application currently in progress with the CAA. Will I receive an EASA Part-FCL or a UK Part-FCL?

The CAA will continue to process your application and you will be issued with an EASA Part FCL during the transition period. With the UK outside EASA, a UK Part FCL licence would be issued. Both formats of licences would be fully ICAO-compliant and valid for operating UK-registered aircraft.

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Once the CAA has completed transfer of my records to my new EASA member state, what happens to my old UK licence?

Once you have been advised by your new NAA that your new Part FCL is ready, you are required to collect it and to surrender your old UK licence to your new NAA. It is not permitted to hold two Part FCL licences from different EU member states. Applicants are therefore advised to complete the transfer process and surrender their old UK Part FCL at the earliest practical opportunity once they have been informed that their transferred licence is ready.  It should be noted that retaining the UK- issued licence and medical documentation does not stop the transfer process.

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What if I wish to submit variation requests to my new NAA or advise of changes to my medical or professional status?

The CAA retains responsibility for oversight of your medical and professional records until your new Part FCL is issued, and therefore changes or variation requests should be sent to the CAA up to this point.  Changes to medical status should be advised to the CAA by the transfer applicant’s AME. The CAA will pass on variation information to the receiving NAA, and applicants should check that this has been incorporated in their new Part FCL when it is issued. Applicants are advised to minimise variation requests as far as possible as they may delay the transfer process, and also that some receiving NAAs may require the re-submission of Doc155/Med SOLI transfer paperwork with the variation details incorporated, along with the accompanying fees.  

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EU-ISSUED PART-FCL COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENCES

Would I be able to continue operating UK-registered aircraft?

Yes. However, 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 licences between the UK and European systems, to continue operating UK-registered aircraft you would require a validation from the UK CAA. Initially this will be a downloadable document on the UK CAA’s website. It will be subject to conditions.

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Would medicals certified by UK Aeromedical Examiners or Aeromedical Centres remain valid?

In a scenario with the UK outside EASA and no mutual recognition of safety certificates between the UK and European systems, the European Commission has stated that approvals by CAA-approved AMEs and AeMCs for EU pilot licences would no longer be considered valid.

Airlines should contact their NAA directly as soon as possible to discuss the consequences of this for their operations and potential mitigations. 

EASA has previously stated that it will accept third country applications from UK holders of aeromedical centre certificates. Organisations will need to decide whether, 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, they wish to retain both a national and an EASA certificate. The CAA will continue to recognise current (and valid) EASA certificates until the end of the transition period, but no decision has been made about validity after this period.

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NON-EU/UK COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENCES

I have a UK validation of my third country licence. Would I still be able to operate EU-registered aircraft?

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 and licences between the UK and European systems, you would only be able to operate UK-registered aircraft with your UK-issued validation. 

You would need to seek a separate validation from an EASA Member State to continue operating EU-registered aircraft. You should contact the relevant NAA as soon as possible to discuss this scenario and actions you might need to take prior to the end of the transition period.

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I have another EASA member state validation of my third country licence. Would I still be able to operate UK-registered aircraft?

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 and licences between the UK and European systems, a validation of a third country licence issued by an EASA Member State would cease to be valid for UK-registered aircraft. You would need to seek validation from the UK CAA to continue operating UK-registered aircraft. For more information, see here.

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