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
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.
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.
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:
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.
We endeavour to process applications in 10 working days from receipt. Incomplete applications are not subject to the 10 working day turnaround until all application requirements are met
The aerobatic rating does not have a validity period.
Once all of the requirements above have been met, the application should be submitted by post or in person to the address below.