FAQ Answer

FAQ Answer

What kinds of Medical certificate are used now, and what will there be after implementation of the European rules?

Under the pre-EASA system as applied in the UK a pilot can obtain:
- a JAR-FCL 3 Class 1 Medical Certificate;
- a JAR-FCL 3 Class 2 Medical Certificate; or
- a Medical Declaration (through his/her GP).

For ATPLs and CPLs a Class 1 Medical Certificate is required.
For a PPL(A) or PPL(H) the minimum standard is a Class 2 Medical Certificate.
For the NPPL(aeroplanes/SLMG/Microlight), PPL(Gyroplanes) and PPL(Balloons) the minimum standard is a Medical Declaration.

Under the new regulations Part-MED applies, which makes provision for:
- a Part-MED Class 1 Medical Certificate;
- a Part-MED Class 2 Medical Certificate; and
- a Part-MED LAPL Medical Certificate.

For ATPLs and CPLs a Class 1 Medical Certificate is required.
For a PPL(A), PPL(H), SPL and BPL the minimum standard is a Class 2 Medical Certificate; this is still the case where any instructional privileges are added to the licence.
For any LAPL the minimum standard is a LAPL Medical Certificate.

Part-MED Medical Certificates of the appropriate class are acceptable for JAR, EASA and UK licences in place of JAR-FCL 3 Medical Certificates. In addition, the LAPL Medical Certificate is an acceptable alternative to the Medical Declaration for UK licences that can be sustained with an NPPL Medical Declaration. The UK NPPL Medical Declaration will continue to support the NPPL and UK PPL(Gyroplanes). However, the UK NPPL Medical Declaration is not acceptable to support an EASA licence in place of a APL Medical Certificate.

On 8 April 2012 all JAR-FCL 3 Medical Certificates became EASA Part-MED Medical Certificates. On revalidation on or after 17 September 2012 Part-MED certificates will be issued.


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?