Guidance for commercial and private pilots
European (EU) legislation has changed pilot licensing rules and national licences will no longer be valid once the EASA transition periods are over.
JAA licences issued by the UK CAA will also be converted to Part FCL licences. Conversions will take place when a licensing action requires us to issue new licence documentation or by the renewal date of your JAA licence, whichever is sooner.
If you hold one of these licences with valid ratings you can fly EASA registered aircraft up until 7 April 2014. An EASA licence is required after that date.
Aeroplanes and helicopters flown within the scope of the LAPL privileges on one of the above licences and used for non-commercial purposes in VMC. can be used until 7 April 2015
For EASA operations and activities for Balloons, Airships and Sailplanes you are required to hold an EASA licence by 8 April 2015. To continue to exercise the, Aerobatic rating, Towing rating (Banner or Glider), Mountain rating, Flight Test rating you will require the rating on your EASA licence by 8 April 2015
Flying EASA aircraft under 2,000 kg MTOM.
Flights must be:
Further details about converting your licence can be found in CAP804- Section 4 Part P.
The CAA has amended the Air Navigation Order so that EASA licences with the appropriate class ratings are valid for non-EASA aircraft within those classes. This means that holders of an EASA PPL(A) with a SEP rating do not require a national licence to fly an amateur-built aeroplane or a Tigermoth, for example.
You must have:
Converting to a LAPL requires a current and valid rating relevant to the privileges of the licence or undertake a proficiency check with an examiner.
If the licence you are converting has expired, we require the date of your last Pilot in Command flight using the privileges of this licence.
This conversion table shows how licences will be converted to meet EASA requirements.
The fee can vary and depends the type of licence that you hold and what you are converting to.
Conversion to an EASA Pilot Licence from a limited validity JAR or National Licence:
Conversion of an Unlimited validity National UK Private Pilot’s Licence is £64
Conversion of a National Private Pilot’s Licence (NPPL) to an EASA Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL) £40
If you need a UK national licence to be issued to allow you to fly UK Annex II aircraft an additional charge of £35 applies.
Use our Fee Calculator to find the cost for your type of application.
Further information is available in the current Scheme of Charges (Personnel Licensing)
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.
EASA-FCL licences have no expiry date and are therefore valid for the holder’s lifetime.
Please note that all supporting evidence and documents must be certified by the Head of Training or a UK Examiner whether it is scanned or sent to us by post, fax or email
See our guidance on the supporting information required for different types of licence conversions
If you are applying only to convert your UK or JAR licence to an EASA Part FCL licence issued by the UK CAA please use this online application form (supporting information can be scanned and attached to your application)
If you are applying for another service, such as the grant of a type rating and do not currenlty hold an EASA Part FCL, this will trigger a conversion to an EASA Part FCL licence. For this type of application please complete SRG 1104 in addition to the relevant application form for the licensing application that you need.
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 cancel your application.
Some applicants who are converting an existing licence to an EASA licence may also require a UK national licence to fly Annexe II aircraft (Aircraft not on the EASA Type List).