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.
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
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, Part 147 organisations training engineers might need to take action to maximise continuity and stability for the aviation sector. 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 to prepare for such an eventuality.
PART-147 MAINTENANCE TRAINING ORGANISATIONS – UK APPROVED
Would my UK Part-147 approval still be valid?
It would be valid in the UK but may not be recognised outside the UK. To continue to operate in the EU or train engineers for the EU market you may need to obtain a Part-147 approval from EASA.
EASA has said previously that it would accept third country applications from UK holders of Part 147 approvals. Organisations would 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 would wish to retain both a national and an EASA approval.
The CAA would intend to continue to recognise current (and valid) EASA certificates for an initial period of up to two years, but no decision has been made about validity after this period.
Would people who receive basic training or type training certificates at my organisation be able to add these items to a non-UK licence?
If you have a UK Part-147 approval which has issued certificate of recognitions (CofR) then these CofR’s may be used to support the issue of a basic licence category or addition of a type rating for UK licences only.
For basic or Type rating CofR issued by a UK company to be added to Part 66 licence issued by an EASA Member State, you would need to apply for an EASA Part-147 approval. Other states outside of the EASA member states may decide to accept training performed by CAA approved Part 147 organisations. Please contact the specific NAA directly as soon as possible.
I have students who have only completed some of the basic training modules. Would they be able to use these examinations when applying for an EU Part 66 licence?
The European Union has adopted legislation which would allow these training module examinations to be used when applying for a EU Part-66 licence if completed before the UK was outside EASA and if there were to be no mutual recognition of certificates.
For basic or type rating Certificate of Recognition (CofR) issued by a UK company to be added to Part 66 licence issued by an EASA Member State, you would need to apply for an EASA Part-147 approval. States outside the EASA system may decide to accept training performed by CAA approved Part-147 organisations. Please contact the specific NAA directly.