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.