Guidance for private pilots
A “National licence” is any licence issued under national law rather than European regulations. Any licence that is not issued in accordance with Part-FCL is a National licence. JAR-FCL licences issued by mutually recognised Member States and fully in accordance with JAR-FCL are deemed to be European.
All UK issued licences that fully comply with JAR-FCL automatically became EASA licences with effect from 8 April 2012 but need to be physically replaced on or before their calendar expiry date. All UK issued licences that are not fully compliant with JAR-FCL are UK national licences.
This means that any “United Kingdom” licences, NPPLs and UK-issued JAA licences marked “Valid for United Kingdom registered aircraft” (because the holder did not fully comply with JAR-FCL) are deemed to be national licences, as shown below:
The Air Navigation Order (ANO) has been amended so that:
Note 1: A national PPL(A) with FI(A) rating can be converted to an EASA PPL(A) with FI(A) on the basis of experience as set out in Annex II to the EASA Aircrew Regulation. The EASA PPL(A) with FI(A) includes the privilege to be paid for flying instruction
- Any JAA ATPL(A) marked “valid for United Kingdom registered aircraft” is deemed to be a UK ATPL(A).
- Any JAA CPL(A) marked “valid for United Kingdom registered aircraft” is deemed to be a UK CPL(A).
- Any JAA CPL(H) marked “valid for United Kingdom registered aircraft” is deemed to be a UK CPL(H).
- Any Basic CPL(A) marked that the holder can not provide Public Transport or Aerial Work, except Aerial Work that is limited to: flying instruction and flying tests; or the towing of gliders; or flying displays; or parachute dropping; is deemed to be a UK PPL(A) - see Note 1.
- Any Basic CPL(A) that is not restricted as under (iv) above is deemed to be a UK CPL(A).
You will need to apply for a UK national licence to fly the following aircraft:
- Simple Single Engine Aeroplanes (SSEA), (you will need to apply for a NPPL).
- Microlight Aeroplanes, (you will need to apply for a NPPL).
- Gyroplanes, (you will need to apply for a UK PPL(G))
- Balloons and Airships, currently where training has been conducted in the UK, although this will change in due course. They will be required to apply for either a UK PPL(BA) , UK CPL(B) or a UK CPL(As).
If you hold a current JAR / EASA flight crew licence and want to apply for an aircraft rating that falls within the Annex ii category, you will also need to apply for a UK national licence.
Please note that UK registered Annex II aircraft that fall under SEP and MEP class rating categories can be flown on a UK issued EASA Licence.