FAQ Answer

FAQ Answer

I have an instructor rating, how will the changes affect me?

If you have instructor ratings on a JAR licence for EASA aircraft (e.g. FI, CRI, SFI, or TRI for an EASA type), the ratings will remain valid subject to the existing renewal/revalidation rules for the ratings. Subsequently, the ratings may be revalidated/renewed in accordance with Part-FCL. Any instructor ratings specific to non-EASA aircraft (e.g. microlight instructor, or TRI for a non-EASA type) will also remain valid, but cannot remain on the licence when it is physically replaced by an EASA licence. You will need to have a UK national licence with the specific non-EASA rating(s) at that time.

If you have a non-JAR UK licence with instructor ratings that include privileges to instruct for JAR licences or ratings, these will still be usable along with the national licence until 2014 or 2015; see the FAQs - “I have a UK ATPL / CPL (pre-JAA), how will the changes affect me?” and “I have a UK PPL (pre-JAA), how will the changes affect me?”

If you choose to fly non-EASA aircraft only in the future, and so do not obtain an EASA licence, your instructor ratings can continue as before, except that Part-FCL rules will apply for revalidation/renewal. If/when you apply for an EASA Part-FCL licence based on your UK licence, the instructor ratings that apply to instruction for JAR/Part-FCL qualifications will be carried over onto your EASA licence, provided that you comply with the experience requirements for the instructor rating that are specified in Part-FCL.

Note 1: There has been some confusion over whether current UK FI ratings will be convertible to equivalent EASA ratings because Part-FCL requires CPL theoretical knowledge examination for the FI, and this was not required for the existing ratings. The position is that CPL theoretical knowledge is required to obtain a new FI on an EASA licence; but it is not required if the FI is granted under the conversion rules to a pilot who already holds a valid FI under national rules who complies with the Part-FCL experience requirements.

Note 2: Under Part-FCL the holder of a PPL with FI rating may be paid to give instruction for the PPL and LAPL. The 2012 amendment of Schedule 7 of the Air Navigation Order allows the holder of a UK PPL(A) with FI to be similarly remunerated for providing instruction.


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?