Information for operators
If you need a permission, the following points are relevant:
The CAA Permission needs to be renewed every 12 months (this is the same as for any other type of permission that the CAA grants).
With regard to pilot qualifications, in order to grant a permission, some proof of the pilot’s overall airmanship skills and awareness and his/her ability to operate the aircraft safely will be required – this is not a ‘Civil Pilots Licence’, but it is an independent assessment of an individual’s knowledge and operating capabilities and is also a means for the CAA to ensure that everyone has at least the same basic knowledge.
There are two companies which are currently able to assess pilot competence on behalf of the CAA (they also charge for this). These organisations also offer a service to help people through the process of obtaining a permission.