Wednesday, 7 October 2020

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

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. That time is rapidly running out and no deal has yet been advised, therefore the UK's CAA has issued the following information. 

On the basis that 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.

On the basis that 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.




 



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