If no deal is agreed between the EU and the UK, private pilots might need to take action to ensure continued authority to fly. Actions required would depend on individual circumstances and are a matter for each business and individual to consider. This page sets what you need to consider to prepare for such an eventuality.

UK-ISSUED PRIVATE PILOT LICENCES

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

Yes, as a signatory state to the Chicago Convention, UK private pilot licences would continue to be legally valid for the operation of UK-registered aircraft. The CAA will continue to issue and reissue pilots' licences when they are lost, damaged, when details need to be changed or pilots' privileges updated as we do now. Over time, this would include removing references to EASA.

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

The European Commission has said that it would not recognise UK-issued licences.

To continue operating EU registered aircraft, you could seek a licence validation from any EASA Competent Authority, which would valid for aircraft registered in any EASA member State. The European Commission has said you cannot seek this until after the UK has formally withdrawn from the EU.

Alternatively, you could undertake a State of Licence Issue transfer before the UK leaves the EU. This means transferring your licence and medical from the UK to another EASA member state prior to EU exit.

Further guidance on State of Licence Issue transfers

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Would I be able to fly my UK-registered aircraft to Europe?

Yes, as a signatory state to the Chicago Convention, UK private pilot licences would continue to be legally valid for the operation of UK-registered aircraft.

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Would UK pilots’ medicals remain valid?

Yes. Medical certificates issued before the UK's exit from the EU would remain valid, even if issued by a non-UK EASA Aeromedical Examiner (AME) or Aeromedical Centre (AeMC).

At the first medical after Brexit 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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UPDATE: 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 or a UK Part FCL licence, depending on when your licence is issued. If the licence is issued prior to the date the UK leaves the EU it will be issued in an EASA Part FCL formatted licence. If the licence is issued after the date the UK leaves the EU it will be issued as a UK Part FCL formatted licence.  Both licences are fully ICAO compliant and valid for operating UK-Registered aircraft.

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UPDATE: 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.

In cases of excessive delay in surrendering a UK Part FCL, the CAA may be obliged to revoke the un-surrendered UK Part FCL and void its associated privileges to ensure the continuing integrity of EASA’s system of oversight and provide clarity for aircrew of their current Competent Authority. 

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UPDATE: 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 medical records are transferred to your new NAA. The CAA will advise you by SMS message when this occurs. At this point, responsibility for oversight of your professional and medical fitness to operate will move to your new NAA as your new Competent Authority and it becomes your responsibility to inform them of any changes to your status. Variation requests, if necessary, should also be forwarded to your new NAA. However, applicants are advised to minimise such requests as far as possible as they might delay the transfer process.

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NON-UK ISSUED PRIVATE PILOT LICENCES

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

You would be able to operate UK-registered aircraft for two years after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, however only in UK airspace. After this period, you would need to apply for a UK-issued private pilot licence.

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How can I operate a UK-registered aircraft outside UK airspace?

To operate a UK-registered aircraft outside UK airspace you would need to seek a licence validation from the UK CAA. More information about how you can seek a validation will be available shortly. Alternatively, you could transfer your aircraft registration to the national aviation authority which issued your licence.

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

No, you would only be able to operate UK-registered aircraft with your validation. You would need to seek validation from an EASA member state to continue operating EU-registered aircraft.

You cannot currently seek this validation until after the UK has formally withdrawn from the EU. You are advised to contact EASA or the relevant NAA as soon as possible to discuss the application process required in this circumstance.

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

You would only be able to operate UK-registered aircraft in UK airspace with your EASA validation for a period of up to two years. You would need to seek validation from the UK CAA to continue operating UK-registered aircraft outside UK airspace and after the two year period. More information about how you can seek a validation will be available shortly.

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