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:
A Fee Calculator has been developed to help you access the correct fee for your application.
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.
Once all of the requirements above have been met, the application should be submitted by post or in person to:
Licensing and Training Standards,
Gatwick Airport South,
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.
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.