Convert an Aerobatic Privilege held on a UK National / JAR-FCL Licence

How to convert your rating


This privilege allows you to make aerobatic flights provided that you have a current and valid UK CAA issued Pilots Licence for aeroplanes, Touring Motor Gliders (TMG) or sailplanes.

Who can apply

Holders of a UK National or UK issued JAR-FCL pilot’s licences who exercised aerobatic privileges using these licences. Conversion of these privileges usually applies at the time of licence conversion.

If you wish to apply on the basis of exercising aerobatic privileges on a non UK licence, issued by another EASA member state you will have to meet the conversion requirements for that State.

The UK CAA will accept a letter from that competent authority confirming that if the pilot applied to them they would issue an aerobatic rating. This would not form part of the conversion of privileges exercised on a UK National/JAR-FCL licence.  

Please note: If you hold an existing UK issued Flight Crew licence which has not already been converted to a Part-FCL licence, then the conversion process will take place when you apply for the aerobatic rating.

Please check our information on licence conversions for details of the application form and supporting information that we require.


There are many different conversion routes available as detailed in the conversion requirement are detailed in CAP804, Section 4, part P and listed below.

You must  have received the theoretical knowledge specified in AMC No 1 to FCL.800, and comply with any one of the following:

If you have completed:

  • an AOPA/BAeA aerobatic course -  please send evidence of this such as a copy of the course completion certificate.
  •  aerobatic training with the UK military forces (other than the British Army) please send course completion certificates or certified copies of the appropriate pages of the military logbook.  This could be for either:
    • the UK RAF Elementary Flying Training course; or
    • the UK RN Elementary Flying Training course; or
    • a UK military Basic Fast Jet Flying Training course.

If you hold or have held a UK Display Authorisation, which includes / included authorisation to perform aerobatics at a display, you must send a copy of the Display Authorisation.

If you have flown aerobatic manoeuvres at a BAeA sanctioned event (including glider events) you must send evidence of this (other than log book records) such as proof of attendance and flying at the event by way of certificate etc

If you have FI or AFI ratings and have had the “no aerobatic restriction” removed following compliance with UK requirements to instruct aerobatics; No additional evidence is required.

Glider pilots who have completed any of the BGA’s aerobatic courses must send a course completion certificate. 


The fee will vary according to your circumstances.  For example, whether you already hold a UK licence, and whether that licence has already been converted to an EASA-FCL licence, or if your application will be made at the same time as applying for something else. 

Use the Fee Calculator to see what you will need to pay.

Full charging details are available in the scheme of charges.

Processing time (On receipt of all required information)

We endeavour to process licence applications within 10 working days. Incomplete applications are not subject to the 10 working day turnaround until all application requirements are met.

Validity period

The aerobatic rating does not have a validity period.

Associated Rules, Regulations and Forms

You will need to provide

  • Application form  SRG 1104 if applying at the time of licence conversion. If applying at any other time SRG 2157.
  • Certified copy of the applicants Certificate of Revalidation page from licence.
  • Evidence showing the conversion requirements have been met as detailed above.
  • In addition applicants applying on the basis of a conversion must provide any documentation as stated in the conversion requirements as detailed in CAP804, Section 4, part P.
  • Please ensure that you have scanned copies of any supporting documents as the will need to be attached to your online application

How to apply

Once all of the requirements above have been met, the application should be submitted by post or in person to the address below.

What to expect

  • A desk based assessment from a Flight Crew Licensing Officer or Assistant.  
  • Following an acceptable assessment your licensing application will be processed signed and despatched.  
  • We will contact you if we have any queries regarding your application and may keep your application pending whilst any additional requirements are met.
  • An assessment and refund fee may be charged if the assessment results in the rejection of your application.  This will also be applied if you choose cancel your application.
  • In some circumstances an applicant for a conversion of an existing licence to an EASA licence may also require a national licence to fly Annexe II aircraft (Aircraft not on the EASA Type List). 

Contact us

Licensing Department
Aviation House
Gatwick Airport South