• The EASA licensing system now covers most types of flying

    Pilot licensing regulations are being standardised across all member states of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), including the UK. The EASA regulations have introduced a number of new pilot licences which are replacing licences issued by national authorities across Europe.

    These licences are known as EASA licences or Part-FCL licences. Part-FCL is the main piece of European legislation introducing the changes.

    In many cases, an EASA licence is already required to fly types of aircraft that fall under EASA regulations.

    The CAA stopped issuing Joint Aviation Regulations (JAR) licences in 2012. A JAR licence will continue to be valid until its expiry date but it cannot be renewed after that and will have to be converted to an EASA licence.

    Some licensing actions, such as changing your personal details or applying for an EASA rating, will cause it to be compulsorily converted to an EASA licence.

    After 7 April 2017 only an EASA medical certificate will be accepted with an EASA licence. Until this date a JAA medical certificate will also be acceptable.

    How to convert your licence

    Converting your licence without applying for anything else

    You can apply to convert your licence by either:

    Converting as part of another application

    When you apply for a licensing change such as the issue or renewal of a rating, you can apply to convert your licence to an EASA licence at the same time by including an additional form and paying a conversion fee. Conversion may be compulsory, depending on what licence you have and what you want to do. Converting as part of another application.

    Compulsory conversion

    The following licence or rating actions will lead to automatic, compulsory conversion:

    Renewing your licence or changing the details on your licence

    If you hold a JAR licence, or a UK national licence containing EASA ratings, and you apply for it to be renewed or to change details such as your address, you will have to convert to an EASA licence and pay a conversion fee in addition to the fees for the rest of your application.

    Applying for issue of an EASA rating

    If you hold a JAR licence or a UK national licence and you apply to have an EASA rating issued onto it, you will have to convert to an EASA licence and pay a conversion fee in addition to the fees for the rest of your application.

    Renewing or revalidating an EASA rating

    If you hold a JAR licence or a UK national licence and you have an EASA rating issued onto it, if you need to apply to the CAA for the rating to be renewed or revalidated you will have to convert your licence to an EASA licence and pay a conversion fee in addition to the fees for the rest of your application.

    Applying for a new language proficiency level to be printed on your licence

    If you hold a JAR licence or a UK national licence with an EASA rating issued onto it, and you apply to have a new language proficiency level printed onto your licence, you will have to convert to an EASA licence and pay a conversion fee, in addition to the fees for the rest of your application.

    Which EASA licence to convert to?

    Our licence conversion table will help you identify the most appropriate EASA licence to convert to.

    Continuing role for UK national licences

    Some aircraft types are still regulated by national authorities and are known as non-EASA aircraft or Annex II aircraft. In order to fly certain Annex II aircraft you will need specific type ratings which can only be issued onto a UK national licence and not onto an EASA licence.

    If you wish to continue to fly these aircraft types after converting to an EASA licence, you can apply for a different type of UK national licence when you make your conversion. Some UK national licences are also available if you wish to fly only Annex II aircraft.

    See our licence conversion and renewal comparison table for more information

    Conversion fee

    You will need to pay a fee to convert to an EASA licence.