Pilot Language Proficiency

Information on language proficiency requirements for pilots

Pilots of aeroplanes, helicopters, powered-lifts and airships pilots who need to use the radio telephone must have a language proficiency endorsement on their licence in either English or the language used for radio communications involved in the flight.

The endorsement will show the language, the proficiency level and the validity date.

Further details of specific requirements can be found in CAP804, section 4, Part M, FCL.055


You must be able to demonstrate at least an operational level of language proficiency both in the use of phrases and plain language.

Further details of specific requirements can be found in CAP804, section 4 – Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material

If you hold a UK issued Flight Crew Licence that has not already been converted to a Part-FCL licence, then the conversion to Part-FCL is likely to take place as part of your application.

The conversion process requires an additional application form and supporting information. 

Please check the information about licence conversions on our website for details.


The fee that you need to pay will depend on your circumstances; for example:

  • whether you already hold a UK licence, and whether that licence has already been converted to an EASA-FCL licence,
  • whether your application will be made at the same time as applying for something else. 

A Fee Calculator has been developed to help you access the correct fee for your application.   

Processing time

  • 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

  • EASA-FCL licences have no expiry date and are therefore valid for the holder’s lifetime.

You will need to provide

Application form SRG1199 and supporting material as applicable for your circumstances and the type of application; as per the guidance attached to each application form.

Associated rules and regulation

How to apply

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

Licensing Department,
Licensing and Training Standards,
Aviation House,
Gatwick Airport South,

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).  This process is undertaken by the Licensing Officer who assesses your application.