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 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, flight examiners may need to take action. Actions required would depend on individual circumstances and are a matter for each business and individual to consider. This page sets out what you may need to consider to prepare for such an eventuality.

All UK issued FE, CRE, IRE, FIE, SFE and TRE conducting Skill Test, Proficiency Checks and/or Assessments of Competence

Examiners may continue to conduct Skill Test, Proficiency Checks and/or Assessments of Competence for UK licence holders only.

For non-UK licence holders, examiners should contact the State of Licence issue prior to conducting a Skill Test, Proficiency Check and/or Assessment of Competence and obtain confirmation that the result would be accepted.

All EU/EASA, non-UK issued FE, CRE, IRE, FIE, SFE and TRE conducting Skill Test, Proficiency Checks or Assessments of Competence on UK licence holders

EASA Part-FCL examiner certificates issued by other member states will remain valid by virtue of the Political Declaration and EU Withdrawal Act until the end of the transition period (subject to the limitations of any relevant validity period and any relevant enforcement action). During this transition period, Examiner Certificates will be treated as if they were issued by the UK CAA (when the privileges are being used in respect of UK pilots etc).