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

Students undertaking training and examinations for an EASA Part-FCL Licence

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​, existing training organisation approvals and/or declarations would remain valid under UK law.

Where a Competent Authority other than the CAA would 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 the point UK participation in EASA ceased. 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.

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, 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 would 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 in the event of UK participation in EASA ceasing without mutual recognition of certificates and licences. This should assist them in determining how best to achieve their own personal training aims.

The CAA will to continue to recognise EASA Theoretical Knowledge certificates that are current (and within their validity dates) on 31 December 2020 for up to two years after the end of the transition period 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.