FAQ Answer

FAQ Answer

I have a UK ATPL / CPL (pre-JAA), how will the changes affect me?

Subject to compliance with the revalidation/renewal requirements your licence and ratings will remain valid for non-EASA aircraft only into the future. If you intend to fly EASA aircraft after the EU rules are fully implemented you must obtain an EASA licence. The European regulations allow a transition period for this. A UK ATPL or CPL may be used to fly EASA aircraft that are within the scope of the licence and the valid ratings in the licence until 7th April 2014. The transition arrangements for the introduction of the LAPL mean that a UK licence may continue to be used until 7th April 2015 to fly EASA aircraft under 2,000 kg MTOM and with not more than 4 occupants, in VMC, for private purposes only.

To continue to fly EASA aircraft after the relevant end date, the holder of a UK ATPL / CPL must apply to the CAA for a Part-FCL licence, with evidence that he complies with the conversion requirements set out in Annex II of the “Aircrew” licensing regulation. See also CAP 804. Assuming that compliance is shown, the licence holder will receive a non-expiring EASA Part-FCL licence with the Part-FCL ratings that are valid on the date of issue. With the 2012 amendment of the Air Navigation Order the ratings contained in a Part-FCL licence will be valid for the piloting of non-EASA aircraft within those ratings. If the UK 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 the UK licence has expired, the requirements for re-issue must be complied with before the Part-FCL licence is 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?