UK-EU transition - Changes from 1 January 2023

From 1 January 2023, the UK will no longer be able to recognise EASA-issued certificates, approvals and licences for the operations and/or maintenance of UK registered aircraft. The CAA is encouraging holders of EASA approvals and personnel licences to begin the process of obtaining their UK equivalents now by applying to the CAA as soon as possible.

Businesses who fail to apply for UK approvals and licences by 31 December 2022 will be unable to work and operate in the UK or support the training of UK licence holders.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, as amended and supplemented by the Aviation Safety (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 included some regulatory arrangements that allowed for the recognition EASA approvals and licences for a period of two years from the 31 December 2020 when the UK left the EU.

These arrangements were put in place to maximise stability for passengers, the aviation and aerospace sectors.

The recognition will end on 31 December 2022, meaning that the CAA will no longer be able to recognise all EASA certificates, approvals and licences.

This will have implications for different sectors of the aviation industry.

If you fall under one of these categories, you must apply to the CAA for UK-issued licences and approvals to continue working and operating UK registered aircraft from 1 January 2023:

  • Pilots with EASA licences operating UK registered aircraft
  • Engineers with EASA licences, maintaining UK registered aircraft within the UK
  • Maintenance organisations with EASA approvals maintaining UK registered aircraft
  • Part CAMO/CAO organisations supporting maintenance of UK registered aircraft
  • Air carriers holding Third Country Operators (TCO) certificates

There are presently no signs that the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) between the UK Government and European Union will be expanded to encompass aviation maintenance. and the aforementioned arrangements will have no effect from 1 January 2023. This website contains information that reminds businesses and individuals of what they must do now to get ready for the end of 2022.