FAQ Answer

FAQ Answer

I have a UK-issued JAA licence, how will the changes affect me?

If your JAA licence is not marked “Valid for United Kingdom registered aircraft”, you have a JAA licence that is compliant with JAR-FCL. On 8th April 2012 all JARcompliant licences became EASA licences. All ratings included in those licences that appear in Part-FCL will remain as Part-FCL ratings.

If you have a JAR-compliant licence and a valid JAR-FCL 3 (or Part-MED) Medical Certificate of the appropriate class, you may continue to exercise the privileges of the valid ratings included in the licence to fly EASA aircraft until the calendar expiry date of the licence. The licence will also be valid for UK-registered non-EASA aircraft within the ratings on the licence, subject to the continued validity of the ratings and medical certificate.

The CAA will continue to administer JAR-FCL licences, including calendar renewals until 16th September 2012. The CAA will start to issue EASA licences from 17th September 2012. From 17th September 2012 onwards application must be made to the CAA for replacement of a JAR-FCL licence with a Part-FCL (EASA) licence. If the JAR licence has expired, the requirements for re-issue must be complied with before the Part-FCL licence is issued.

If the JAR licence contains only JAR-FCL ratings, an equivalent non-expiring Part-FCL licence will be issued with the ratings that are valid on that day. With the 2012 amendment of the Air Navigation Order aircraft ratings contained in a Part-FCL licence will be valid for the piloting of non-EASA aircraft within those ratings. If the JAA licence contains UK-specific ratings, such as a microlight rating, the licence holder may also be granted a non-expiring UK licence containing those ratings. If you have a JAA licence that is marked “Valid for United Kingdom registered aircraft”, then, for the purposes of EU legislation, with effect from 8th April 2012 your licence is a UK licence, not a JAA licence. Please see the FAQs for UK licences.


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?