• You need to be in current flying practise on your ATPL, CPL or PPL with valid medical and current rating and meet the prerequisites and experience requirements for the rating issue under Part-FCL. You must also be able to legally fly using that rating.

    The terms for conversion of ICAO 3rd country ATPL or 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;

    for single-engine helicopters with a maximum certificated take-off mass of up to 3 175 kg, 100 hours of flight experience as a pilot in that type; 

    for all other helicopters, 350 hours of flight experience as a pilot in that class.


    If you have flown less than the required hours on type/class rating but are still in current flying practice, 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 based on 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 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.

    Please note that the UK CAA does not endorse A5 ratings where the aircraft is restricted to a third country.

    Documentation required:

    • Form SRG 2199 for aeroplanes
    • Form SRG 1119 A for aeroplanes
    • Form SRG 1157 for single pilot aeroplanes
    • Form SRG 1158 for multi pilot aeroplanes
    • Form SRG 1173 for helicopters
    • Form SRG 2138 for helicopters
    • 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 also 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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    Please ensure that your training provider is approved to conduct the training that you are undertaking.

    We strongly recommend you check that your instructor and examiner hold the relevant privileges to conduct the training and any flight test, examination or assessment of competence that is being carried out.

    How to find a UK examiner or UK approved school

    EASA ratings list and flight simulators