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The UK-EU trade deal, announced on 24 December 2020, includes agreements on air transport and aviation safety, which came into effect at 23.00 GMT on 31 December 2020 when the UK ceased taking 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 face changes after 31 December 2020, as this microsite sets out.
We will continue to 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.
UPDATE: Recognition of Theoretical Knowledge Examinations undertaken with an EASA member state
- The CAA will recognise all training completed with an EASA ATO-approved before 1 January 2021 for up to two years.
- Certificates for theoretical knowledge examinations completed with an EASA member state, where the pass has been gained by 31 December 2020, will also be recognised by the CAA. This will include instances where a partial set of examinations has been completed.
- Examination results will need to be valid, with a copy of the exam certificates verified by the issuing EASA member state provided to the CAA. The remaining examinations must be passed in accordance with FCL.025 requirements.
Students undertaking training and examinations for an EASA Part-FCL Licence
After 31 December 2020, existing training organisation approvals and/or declarations will remain valid under UK law.
Where a Competent Authority other than the CAA is be the State of Licence issue, the European Commission has previously published draft regulation that would allow for existing examinations taken in training organisations subject to UK oversight to be recognised by other Member States up to 31 December 2020. No process has been defined for this to happen and the Commission’s proposal will require approval from EU Council and Parliament to take effect. You are advised to contact the EU Commission and Member States directly for further information.
Any exams taken under the auspices of a UK-regulated organisation after the proposed regulation has passed would not be recognised by other Member States. However, EASA has said previously that it would accept third country applications from UK Approved Training Organisations, and such organisations may need to decide whether, in this scenario, they wish to retain a national approval and also seek an EASA approval.
Therefore, students undertaking or considering commencing a course of theoretical knowledge or flight training for a pilot’s licence, rating or certificate are recommended to approach their current or potential future training provider to establish what approvals the organisation currently holds and what additional approvals it intends to seek. This should assist them in determining how best to achieve their personal training aims.
The CAA will continue to recognise EASA Theoretical Knowledge certificates that were current (and within their validity dates) on 31 December 2020 for up to two years toward satisfying the requirements for the issue of a UK CAA licence. Any exams completed under the auspices of an EASA Member State’s competent authority after 31 December 2020 will not be recognised toward meeting the requirements for the issue of a UK CAA licence.
UPDATE: What if I have only completed a partial set of exams in the EU system, would I need to re-do them in the UK system to obtain a UK licence?
Any student pilot who has taken a partial set of exams in the EU system up until 31 December 2020 and who wishes to apply for a UK licence will have to take all remaining theoretical examinations for a licence under the UK system.
The CAA will be required to verify as to the validity of EASA examinations and the attempts and sittings, there will be an administration cost to such verification.