The Government will be publishing all UK aviation law (including retained EU law) on legislation.gov.uk in due course. In the meantime, the CAA has developed this website to support the industry in understanding its rights and obligations under UK law, now that we have left the European system. The CAA is continuing to work with its supplier to improve the format and structure of the documents.

Aviation Law from 1 January 2021

When the UK was a member of the European Union some aviation law was made by the European Union and had direct legal effect, as a European Regulation, in the UK.

The UK has now fully left the European Union, after the end of the UK/EU Agreement transitional period.

From 1 January 2021 the UK law that applies to such aviation rights and obligations are the retained EU Regulations, as amended by various UK Statutory Instruments (made under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018).

The amendments that apply from 1 January 2021 do not fundamentally change any of those obligations or rights but deal only with the fact that the UK is no longer part of the EU legal system.

Some EU aviation law was accompanied by Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC), Guidance Material (GM), Certification Specifications (CS) or other information published by EASA. The CAA has adopted the version of AMC, GM, CSs and other information in force on 31 December 2020, as its policy with regard to compliance with the relevant UK law from 1 January.

On these pages we publish

  • CAA procured versions of UK aviation law in force from 1 January 2021;
  • The AMC, GM, CS and other information applicable to UK registered aircraft, pilots, aircraft engineers, other persons involved in UK aviation and organisations from 1 January 2021.
  • UK AltMoC proposed and accepted by CAA prior to 31 December 2020 continues from 1 January 2021 to be means by which the requirements in the applicable EU Retained legislation, now UK law, can be met. This AltMoC is published in CAP 1721.

Note (1): in due course official HMG publications of UK aviation law will be published, with no charge or fee to access, on legislation.gov.uk. Until those are available the CAA has published CAA procured versions. Please note these are not official HMG Stationery Office versions.

Note (2): Stakeholders should no longer refer to EU or EASA websites for a description of their rights and obligations under Aviation law (including AMC, GM, CS and other information) as this may be out of date from 1 January 2021 because of the possibility of divergence, i.e. either the UK position has changed or because the EU or EASA position has changed. EU legal systems.