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 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, then:

Aircraft registration

Under UK legislation, the UK’s regulations on aircraft registration would not change. Therefore, Commonwealth citizens and nationals of any European Economic Area state would 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 would not be expected to change, as this requirement is made under UK legislation. Please contact OFCOM for further information.