• An applicant for a type rating shall complete a training course and the base training/take offs and landings at an ATO.

    The type rating training course shall include the mandatory training elements for the relevant type as defined in the operational suitability data established in accordance with Part-21.
    Single-pilot high performance non-complex aeroplanes. Before starting flight training, an applicant for a first class or type rating for a single-pilot aeroplane classified as a high performance aeroplane must:

    • have at least 200 hours of total flying experience, of which 70 hours as PIC on aeroplanes;
      and
    • hold a certificate of satisfactory completion of a course for additional theoretical knowledge undertaken at an ATO;
      or
    • have passed the ATPL(A) theoretical knowledge examinations in accordance with Part-FCL;
      or
    • hold, in addition to a licence issued in accordance with Part-FCL, an ATPL(A) or CPL(A)/IR with theoretical knowledge credit for ATPL(A), issued in accordance with Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention;

    in addition, pilots seeking the privilege to operate the aeroplane in multi-pilot operations must have completed the Part FCL ATPL theoretical examinations.

    Single-pilot high performance complex aeroplanes.(SPHPCA) Applicants for the issue of a first type rating for a complex single-pilot aeroplane classified as a high performance aeroplane must, in addition to meeting the requirements for  Single-pilot high performance non-complex aeroplanes have met the requirements for a multi-engine IR(A).


    Training and testing

  • The syllabus is detailed in AMC1 FCL.725(a) found at the foot of this page.

    The applicant for a class or type rating must pass a theoretical knowledge examination organised by the ATO to demonstrate the level of theoretical knowledge required for the safe operation of the applicable aircraft class or type.

    For single-pilot multi-engine aircraft, the theoretical knowledge examination must be written and the number of multiple-choice questions shall depend on the complexity of the aircraft.

    For single-pilot aeroplanes that are classified as high performance aeroplanes, the examination shall be written and comprise at least 100 multiple-choice questions distributed appropriately across the subjects of the syllabus.

    Completion of approved course with a suitably authorised ATO.

    Skill test

    An applicant for a class or type rating shall pass a skill test in accordance with Appendix 9
    to this Part to demonstrate the skill required for the safe operation of the applicable class or type of
    aircraft.

    The applicant shall pass the skill test within a period of 6 months after commencement of the type rating training course and within a period of 6 months preceding the application for the issue of the class or type rating.

  • Credits available

  • The terms for of ATPL, CPL and the transfer of any 3rd country non-EU Ratings or Certificates to the equivalent Part-FCL Ratings or Certificates are set out in Article 8 of the EASA Aircrew Regulation found at the foot of this page.

    A current and valid class or type rating contained in a licence issued by a third country may be inserted in a Part-FCL licence provided that the applicant:

    • complies with the experience requirements and the prerequisites for the issue of the applicable type or class rating in accordance with Part-FCL;

    • passes the relevant skill test for the issue of the applicable type or class rating in accordance with Part-FCL;

    • is in current flying practice with a current and valid ICAO licence and validating medical certificate;

    for aeroplane type ratings, 500 hours of flight experience as a pilot in that type;

    If you have flown less than 500 hours on type but are still in current flying practise, you may be eligible for a reduced course of training under the terms of Article 8 of the Aircrew Regulation.

    The credit given to the applicant will be determined by the UK CAA on the basis of a recommendation from an Approved Training Organisation prior to the course. The applicant should attend an ATO. If on the basis of assessment by the ATO the course is to be reduced, , the Head of Training may make a written recommendation for a further reduction, and to the ATO's Licensing Standards Inspector who will give the recommendation consideration. Non-UK CAA Approved ATOs should submit Article 8 reduced course requests to fclweb@caa.co.uk.

    You will have to ensure that the examiner holds the appropriate qualifications and comply with the requirements of FCL.1015, relating to the examiner briefing where the competent authority for the applicant is different than that of the examiner.

    For UK examiners, please refer to Information Notice IN 2016/004 and non UK examiners please refer to Information Notice IN 2016/003.

    The simulator to be used must have a Part-FCL approval as well.

    A QMP(A) who is qualified on one of the Military Class/Types listed below, who is seeking to obtain the Class/Type rating for a Part-FCL licence shall meet all the requirements for the issue of the Part-FCL Class/Type rating for Aeroplanes, except for the credits stated below.

    Applicants may apply the credits below, towards satisfying the Part-FCL requirements.

    Class/Type rating Course Credits

    QMP(A)s who are compliant with the prerequisite requirements for the application for the Class/Type rating are required to complete additional training to comply with the standard required for the skill test, as determined by the Head of Training at an ATO approved to conduct the applicable Class/Type rating course.

    QMP(A) applicants must pass the Class/Type Rating theoretical knowledge xamination and Skill Test for the issue of the applicable Class/Type rating.

    The skill test will be conducted by the holder of the appropriate Flight Examiner Certificate issued under Part-FCL.

    The following Military Aeroplanes acceptable for this purpose are:

    • Avenger T1- (Beech 300 Series(BE300/1900))
    • Beagle Bassett (MEP)
    • Beech 200 (BE 90/99/100/200)
    • Islander (BN2T)
    • Piper PA31 (MEP)
    Pilots holding a flight test rating issued in accordance with FCL.820 who were involved in development, certification or production flight tests for an aircraft type, and have completed either 50 hours of total flight time or 10 hours of flight time as PIC on test flights in that type, shall be entitled to apply for the issue of the relevant type rating, provided that they comply with the experience requirements and the prerequisites for the issue of that type rating, as established in this Subpart for the relevant aircraft category.

  • Revalidation and renewal of ratings

  • Class and type ratings are valid for 1 year, counted from the end of the calendar month in which you completed your skill test, with the exception of single-pilot single-engine class ratings which are valid for 2 years, counted from the end of the calendar month in which you completed your skill test.

    Renewal

    If your rating expires, you will need to take refresher training as determined by an ATO and pass a proficiency check with a suitably qualified examiner. 

     

    Renewal of class and type ratings: refresher training

    (a) Paragraph (b)(1) of FCL.740 determines that if a class or type rating has lapsed, the applicant shall take refresher training at an ATO. The objective of the training is to reach the level of proficiency necessary to safely operate the relevant type or class of aircraft.

    The amount of refresher training needed should be determined on a case-by-case basis by the ATO, taking into account the following factors:

    • the experience of the applicant;
    • the amount of time elapsed since the privileges of the rating were last used;
    • the complexity of the aircraft;
    • whether the applicant has a current rating on another aircraft type or class;
      and
    • where considered necessary, the performance of the applicant during a proficiency check for the rating in an FSTD or an aircraft of the relevant type or class.

    It should be expected that the amount of training needed to reach the desired level of competence will increase with the time elapsed since the privileges of the rating were last used.

    Once the ATO has determined the needs of the applicant, it should develop an individual training programme based on the ATO's approved course for the rating, focussing on the aspects where the applicant has shown the greatest needs.

    Theoretical knowledge instruction should be included as necessary; such as for type-specific system failures in complex aircraft. The performance of the applicant should be reviewed during the training and additional instruction provided where necessary to reach the standard required for the proficiency check.

    After successful completion of the training, the ATO should provide a training completion certificate to the applicant, describing the training provided. The training completion certificate should be presented to the Examiner prior to the
    Proficiency check. Following the successful renewal of the rating the completion certificate and examiner report form should be submitted to the competent authority, together with the relevant application form if the examiner cannot sign the certificate of revalidation in Section XII of the UK-issued licence.

    Note: Licence holders, ATOs and examiners are reminded that examiners are only authorised to sign the certificate of validation in Section XII (page 5 onwards) of a UK-issued licence when the rating is still shown on page 4 (Section XII) of the licence.

    If the rating is no longer printed on page 4 (Section XII) of the licence, but appears in the section “ratings previously held by holder”, the rating is no longer included in the licence and cannot be reinstated by an examiner. In those circumstances application for renewal of the rating must e made to the CAA so that the rating may be made valid by being included in the licence again.

  • The UK CAA has adopted a derogation such that where a pilot holds a Type rating issued by a third country and that rating is compliant with Annex I to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the applicability of FCL.740 (b)
    may be based on the validity dates of the Type Rating of that other country.

    The effect of this derogation is that to renew the type rating on a UK issued licence a pilot with a current and valid 3rd country type rating shall complete the revalidation requirements of FCL.740.A(a) and the aircraft category specific requirements for revalidation of the Part-FCL Type Rating; meaning that they must pass the proficiency check, but is not required to undergo training.


  • How to apply

    • If you hold a UK issued professional licence with a valid Class One Medical Certificate, you can apply using our e-Licensing system.

      Please note that if you are claiming cross credits under Part FCL.740H(3) you need to apply with the paper forms

    • If you are applying via the UK Military Accreditation Scheme, you need to download CAA 5014 and SRG 2133 then apply using our e-Licensing system.

    For all other routes, please apply via our postal application forms with all other required associated documents listed in the guidance of the application forms ( such as ID and logbooks):

    • Form SRG 2199
    • Form SRG 1107 / 1119D or the course completion certificate provided by the ATO
    • Form SRG 1112 where base training has been completed with a different ATO 
    • Form SRG 1157 for single pilot aeroplanes
    • Form SRG 1158 for multi pilot aeroplanes
    • Form SRG 2142 for applicants claiming credits from holding an ICAO licence, for initial issue, revalidation or renewal

    If you are applying on the basis of training and testing conducted by a non UK approved EASA Part FCL Approved Training Organisation you must send copies of the following:

    • the ATO's PART ORA approval certificate;
    • the examiners licence, medical and authorisation certificate;
    • return email confirmation from testnotification@caa.co.uk

    If you are applying on the basis of a Third country ICAO licence conversion you will need to send us:

    • the original Third country ICAO licence and validating medical certificate;
      or
    • a copy certified by the Head of Training of an Approved Training Organisation (ATO), or the holder of a registration for a Registered Training Facility (RTF), or a UK approved examiner
    • original logbooks or electronic logbooks 
    • Electronic logbooks are acceptable for all types of application provided they have been printed, signed and dated.

      If your ICAO licence does not show the validity dates of the ratings, please submit certified copies of logbook pages showing the rating validity and test dates.
    • If you hold a UK issued professional licence with a valid Class One Medical Certificate, you can apply using our e-Licensing system

    • If you are applying via the UK Military Accreditation Scheme, you need to download CAA 5014 and then apply using our e-Licensing system

    For all other routes, please apply via our postal application forms with all other required associated documents listed in the guidance of the application forms ( such as ID and logbooks):

    • Form SRG 2199
    • Form SRG 1107/1119D or the course completion certificate provided by the ATO
    • Form SRG 1112 where base training has been completed with a different ATO
    • Form SRG 1157 for single pilot aeroplanes
    • Form SRG 1158 for multi pilot aeroplanes
    • Form SRG 1119 B for revalidation by test
    • Form SRG 1119C for renewal
    • Form SRG 1119E for revalidation by experience
    • Form SRG 2142 for applicants claiming credits from holding an ICAO licence, for initial issue, revalidation or renewal

     


    If you are applying on the basis of training and testing conducted by a non UK approved EASA Part FCL Approved Training Organisation you must send copies of the following:

    • the ATO's PART ORA approval certificate;
    • the examiners licence, medical and authorisation certificate;
    • return email confirmation from testnotification@caa.co.uk

    If you are applying on the basis of a Third country ICAO licence conversion you will need to send us:

    • the original Third country ICAO licence and validating medical certificate; or
    • a copy certified by the Head of Training of an Approved Training Organisation (ATO), or the holder of a registration for a Registered Training Facility (RTF), or a UK approved examiner
    • original logbooks or electronic logbooks 
    • Electronic logbooks are acceptable for all types of application provided they have been printed, signed and dated.

      If your ICAO licence does not show the validity dates of the ratings, please submit certified copies of logbook pages showing the rating validity and test dates.

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