FAQ Answer

FAQ Answer

What is meant by an EASA aircraft and a non-EASA aircraft?

Initially the remit of EASA covered airworthiness only. When the Basic EASA Regulation (now Regulation 216/2008) was written it was realised that it was not practical to transfer some categories of aircraft to EASA. For these categories of aircraft, such as amateur-built aeroplanes, microlights and gyroplanes, the standards applied by the individual European States are so varied that a common standard for Europe could not be established - at least in the short term. This led to the creation of
Annex II to the Basic EASA Regulation, which defines those categories of aircraft that remain under national rules. As this segregation of aircraft categories is set out in the Basic EASA Regulation it applies to licensing and operations as well as to airworthiness. The CAA maintains a list of aircraft types that shows their classification as EASA or non-EASA in the Airworthiness publication CAP 747, which can be accessed via the CAA website.

An EASA aircraft can be defined as an aircraft that, if registered in an EU State, would be required to have an EASA Certificate of Airworthiness or Permit to Fly in order to fly legally. It is not valid to assume that any aircraft that has a permit to fly is a non-EASA aircraft. The EASA/non-EASA status of an individual aircraft registered in the UK can be verified by checking whether it has an EASA airworthiness certificate (CofA or Permit) or a UK national certificate. This can be done by accessing the registration details (via G-INFO) or examining the certificate of airworthiness or permit to fly of the
individual aircraft.


Licensing and Training Standards

  1. What is meant by an EASA aircraft and a non-EASA aircraft?
  2. In which countries will the new European rules apply?
  3. What is meant by: a JAA or JAR-FCL licence; a United Kingdom licence; a UK National Private Pilots Licence (NPPL) and a “national licence”?
  4. What is an EASA licence and what kinds of EASA licence are there?
  5. Which country can I apply to for an EASA licence?
  6. What kinds of Medical certificate are used now, and what will there be after implementation of the European rules?
  7. I have a UK-issued JAA licence, how will the changes affect me?
  8. I have a UK ATPL / CPL (pre-JAA), how will the changes affect me?
  9. I have a UK PPL (pre-JAA), how will the changes affect me?
  10. I have a CAA-issued JAA licence that is marked “Valid for UK registered aircraft”, how will the changes affect me?
  11. I have a Basic Commercial Pilot’s Licence (BCPL(A)), how will the changes affect me?
  12. Do I have to convert my non-JAA licence into a JAA licence before I can get an EASA licence?
  13. I have a UK licence with a calendar life, what will happen when it expires?
  14. What will happen about the medical restrictions on my licence?
  15. I have a PPL for gyroplanes, how will the changes affect me?
  16. I have an NPPL, how will the changes affect me?
  17. I have a PPL(A) with a Group D rating / PPL(M) for microlights - how will the changes affect me?
  18. I fly gliders, how will the changes affect me?
  19. I fly balloons, how will the changes affect me?
  20. I have licences from more than one European country, what happens about that?
  21. What happens to the ratings that I have on my licence?
  22. I have an instructor rating, how will the changes affect me?
  23. I have an examiner authorisation, how will the changes affect me?
  24. When can I get an EASA licence?
  25. What is going to happen about the IMC rating?
  26. I have a licence issued by a non-EASA country (e.g. USA), how will the changes affect me?
  27. I have previously passed ATPL / CPL theoretical knowledge examinations, but I have not obtained the licence yet, how will the changes affect me?
  28. What will happen about radio licences (FRTOL)?
  29. What is happening about gaining credit for military flying against the requirements for obtaining an EASA licence?
  30. How will licences and ratings be kept valid?
  31. How will the new rules affect Registered Facilities (PPL training)?
  32. How will the new rules affect Flight Training Organisations and Type Rating Training Organisations?
  33. What will be the effect of the introduction of the aerobatic rating?
  34. What will be the effect of the introduction of the Flight Test rating?
  35. What will be the effect of the introduction of the towing rating?
  36. What will be the effect of the introduction of the mountain rating?
  37. What will be the charging scheme for EASA licences and training organisations?
  38. How will knowledge of Part-FCL and Part-OPS be demonstrated for licence validation/conversion?
  39. Crediting of flying hours to comply with the requirements for recency and revalidation
    by experience.
  40. What further information will be provided?