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:


Aircraft registration

Under UK legislation, the UK’s regulations on aircraft registration will not change. Therefore, Commonwealth citizens and nationals of any European Economic Area state will still be able to maintain an aircraft on the UK register.

Aircraft radio licences

In 2018 the administration for aircraft radio licences moved from the CAA to OFCOM. With the UK outside EASA, the regulations on aircraft radio licences are not expected to change, as this requirement is made under UK legislation. Please contact OFCOM for further information.