UPDATED: Students undertaking training and examinations for an EASA Part-FCL Licence

Should no deal be agreed between the EU and the UK, existing training organisation approvals and/or declarations would remain valid under UK law.

Where a Competent Authority other than the CAA would be the State of Licence issue, the European Commission has published a draft regulation that would allow for existing examinations taken in training organisations subject to UK oversight to be recognised by other Member States when the UK leaves the EU, up to the point the regulation is passed. No process has been defined for this to happen and the Commission’s proposal will require approval from EU Council and Parliament to take effect. You are advised to contact the EU Commission and Member States directly for further information.

In a no-deal scenario any exams taken under the auspices of a UK regulated organisation after the proposed regulation has passed would not be recognised by other Member States. However, EASA has said that it would accept third country applications from UK Approved Training Organisations, and such organisations may need to decide whether, in a non-negotiated withdrawal, they wish to retain both a national and also seek an EASA approval.

Therefore, students undertaking or considering commencing a course of theoretical knowledge or flight training for a pilot’s licence, rating or certificate are recommended to approach their current or potential future training provider to establish what approvals the organisation currently holds and what additional approvals it intends to seek in the event of non-negotiated withdrawal. This should assist them in determining how best to achieve their own personal training aims.

The CAA intends to continue to recognise current (and valid) EASA certificates and declarations for an initial period of up to two years, but no decision has been made about ongoing validity after this period.