Please note: While the CAA will continue to accept and process Part FCL transfer applications under existing EASA transfer arrangements until the transition period ends, the procedures adopted by the receiving NAA may vary between EU member states. Applicants should also consider engaging with their intended receiving NAA to identify any potential issues.

UPDATE: All complete transfer applications received by 1 October 2020 (the CAA’s published recommended submission date) have been processed and sent to the receiving NAA. Applications submitted after that date will continue to be processed in strict date order on a reasonable endeavours basis as they will be subject to the receiving NAA accepting the application. We are currently working on new applications received in early December 2020.

If you would like to receive an automated update on the status of your application you can do so by sending an email to application.status@caa.co.uk In the subject line of your email please type ‘Medical’ for an update on your medical transfer application or ‘DOC155’ for an update on your licence transfer application. In the main body of the email please type your CAA licence reference number. Please remove all other text from the email before sending.



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

Private pilots might need to take action to ensure continued authority to fly. Actions required will depend on individual circumstances and are a matter for each business and individual. This page sets out what you need to consider.

UK-ISSUED PRIVATE PILOT LICENCES

Will I be able to continue operating UK-registered aircraft?

Yes. As the UK is a signatory state to the Chicago Convention, UK private pilot licences will continue to be legally valid for the operation of UK-registered aircraft. The CAA will continue to issue and reissue pilots' licences when they are lost, damaged, when details need to be changed or pilots' privileges updated as we do now. Over time, this will include removing references to EASA.

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Will I be able to continue operating EU-registered aircraft?

Use of a UK Part-FCL for operating aircraft on the register of an EASA Member State ended on 31 December 2020.

To continue operating EU-registered aircraft, you could seek a licence validation from any EASA Competent Authority, which would be valid for aircraft registered in any EASA member state.

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Will I be able to fly my UK-registered aircraft to Europe?

Yes. As the UK is a signatory state to the Chicago Convention, UK private pilot licences will continue to be legally valid for the operation of UK-registered aircraft.

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Will UK pilots’ medicals remain valid?

Medical certificates issued before 1 January 2021 will remain valid, even if issued by a non-UK EASA Aeromedical Examiner (AME) or Aeromedical Centre (AeMC).

See the Aeromedical examiners/Medical certificates page on this microsite for further information.

 

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I have a licence application currently in progress with the CAA. Will I receive an EASA Part-FCL or a UK Part-FCL?

If the licence was issued prior to 1 January 2021, it will be issued in an EASA Part FCL formatted licence. If the licence is issued on or after that date, it will be issued as a UK Part FCL formatted licence.  Both licences are fully ICAO-compliant and valid for operating UK-registered aircraft.

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How much does a State of Licence transfer cost?

That is dependent on the NAA you proposed to move to and its associated scheme of charges.

To transfer out from the CAA there is a charge of £45.00 for the processing of a change of State of Licence Issue and a charge of £105.00 pounds for the transfer of medical records.

Payment for the change of State of Licence Issue will be taken on receipt of the form SRG2150.

Payment for the transfer of medical details you will need to complete form SRG1202.

Further information concerning the process can be found on the CAA website under Changing the State of Licence issue.

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What if I wish to submit variation requests to my new NAA or advise of changes to my medical or professional status?

The CAA retains responsibility for oversight of your medical and professional records until your medical records are transferred to your new NAA. The CAA will advise you by SMS message when this occurs. At this point, responsibility for oversight of your professional and medical fitness to operate will move to your new NAA as your new Competent Authority and it becomes your responsibility to inform them of any changes to your status. Variation requests, if necessary, should also be forwarded to your new NAA. However, applicants are advised to minimise such requests as far as possible as they might delay the transfer process.

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UPDATE: If I have transferred my licence to an EASA member state, can I be issued with a UK licence after the end of the transition period?

The CAA is currently developing a process to enable pilots to apply for a UK Part-FCL licence based on the licence they hold with an EASA member state. This will be available to pilots that previously held an EASA licence and transferred it out, and to pilots that hold a licence issued by an EASA member state prior to 31 December 2020. This will be available from 1 April 2021.

In most instances, pilots will not immediately require a UK Part-FCL licence to enable them to fly a G-registered aircraft. Pilots that hold a current and valid licence issued by an EASA member state will be able to use the general validation, downloadable from our website here

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LIGHT AIRCRAFT PILOT LICENCE (LAPL): FROM 1 JANUARY 2021

From 1 January 2021, the UK ceases to be an EASA Member State. As such, all licences issued by the UK CAA will be considered by EASA and the Member States as being issued by a third country.

 

A UK CAA issued EU Part-FCL LAPL will become a UK CAA issued Part-FCL LAPL.

The LAPL does not conform to the standard PPL in ICAO Annex 1; this is often referred to as sub-ICAO.

After 31 December 2020, there is no recognition of UK-issued pilot licences by EASA.

 This means a UK CAA issued Part-FCL LAPL: 

  1. May be used in UK airspace to operate UK (G) registered aircraft within licence privileges.
  2. May not be used outside UK airspace, including EU airspace, unless with the approval of the State or Crown Dependency concerned.

Why?  Because it is a sub-ICAO and third country licence and the UK is no longer an EASA Member State.

  • May be used to operate UK (G) registered nationally regulated (previously 'non-EASA') and Part-21 (previously 'EASA') aircraft.

Why?  Enabled by ANO 2016 Article 150.

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An EU Part-FCL LAPL issued by an EASA Member State after 1 January 2021 may not be used to fly an aircraft registered in an EASA Member State in UK airspace

Because Article 59 of Regulation 2018/1139 as retained in UK law requires such aircraft and their crew to comply with ICAO standards, which the LAPL does not.

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An EU Part-FCL LAPL issued by an EASA Member State prior to 1 January 2021 may be used to fly a UK (G) registered aircraft in UK airspace.

Because the licence remains valid in UK law for up to two years in accordance with the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and will be treated as if it were issued by the CAA.

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A UK (G) registered non-Part 21 aircraft (aircraft nationally regulated) may not be flown on a LAPL outside of the UK without the approval of the State or Crown Dependency concerned.

Because Article 59 of Regulation 2018/1139 as retained in UK law requires such aircraft and their crew to comply with ICAO standards, which the LAPL does not.

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Unless with the approval of the State or Crown Dependency concerned, LAPL privileges included in a UK CAA issued Part-FCL PPL may only be exercised in UK airspace.

Because a UK CAA issued Part-FCL PPL, which does not include a valid Class 2 medical certificate, does not comply with the requirements of Article 59 of Regulation 2018/1139.

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EU-ISSUED PART-FCL PRIVATE PILOT LICENCES

UPDATE: Will I be able to continue operating UK-registered aircraft?

You will require a validation from the UK CAA to continue operating UK-registered aircraft. This is available on the 'Downloads' tab of this microsite. This should be downloaded and carried with your licence. The validation is valid for two years under UK law.

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UPDATE: Can I seek a further validation after the end of the two-year general validation?

No, you will be required to hold a UK CAA issued flight crew licence.

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NON-EU/UK PRIVATE PILOT LICENCES

I have validation on my third country licence issued by another EASA member state. Will I still be able to operate UK-registered aircraft?

You will only be able to operate UK-registered aircraft in UK airspace with your EASA validation for a period of up to two years. You will need to seek validation from the UK CAA to continue operating UK-registered aircraft outside UK airspace and after the two-year period. More information about how you can seek a validation will be made available.

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I have a UK-validation on my third country licence. Will I still be able to operate EU-registered aircraft?

You will only be able to operate UK-registered aircraft with your validation. You would need to seek a validation from an EASA member state to continue operating EU-registered aircraft.

You are advised to contact EASA or the relevant NAA as soon as possible to discuss the application process.

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