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

After 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, operators and manufacturers of drones may find the information on this page helpful:

Will the UK be adopting the EU-UAS implementing rule being developed by EASA? 

The UK has been directly involved in assisting EASA develop the new proposals for Europe-wide regulations and much of the UK Government’s recent work to develop drone regulations are in line with future EASA plans. The UK is currently working to implement this regulation.

I am registered as a UK drone operator. Would that registration be recognised in EU countries?

The UK registration system is currently being further developed to meet the requirements set out by EASA for the future EU drone registration scheme.