The UK-EU trade deal, announced on 24 December 2020, includes agreements on air transport and aviation safety which are due to come into effect at 23.00 GMT on 31 December 2020 when the UK ceases to take part in the EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and other EU institutions.

While the agreements involve some elements of continuity, they do not constitute a replication of the UK’s regulatory arrangements as part of the EASA/EU framework and many sections of the aviation and aerospace industries will face changes after 31 December, as this microsite sets out. 

We will study the detail of the new agreements and will update relevant pages of the microsite as information becomes clearer about how the new arrangements will work in practice. We will 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

Air navigation service providers (ANSPs) might need to take action to maximise 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 in preparing for such an eventuality.

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS

Will my UK basic training be recognised in the EU?

After 31 December 2020, UK air traffic control licences will not be able to be exchanged. If you had already exchanged your licence to the relevant national aviation authority, then there would be no impact on you.

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I am currently studying with a non-UK approved initial training provider for my Part-ATCO licence, which will be issued by the UK. Will my training still be recognised?

Yes, your training will be recognised for up to two years if you were training with an approved initial training provider located outside the UK which had its approval certificate issued prior to 1 January 2021 the date and continued to be valid during the training period. 

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