FAQ Answer

FAQ Answer

I have a licence issued by a non-EASA country (e.g. USA), how will the changes affect me?

Currently the UK Air Navigation Order gives a permanent validation of non-UK ICAO licences that allows the holders of those licences to fly UK-registered aircraft for private purposes only. With the implementation of European regulations, including the use of the derogations by the UK, this UK validation will remain for private flights until April 2015. From that date forward the UK validation will be valid only for non-EASA aircraft registered in the UK.

For any commercial flight in a UK-registered aircraft, the holder of a licence that is not a UK or JAR licence must hold an individual validation issued by the CAA.

Under European regulations there is no general validation for private flying. An individual validation will be required in every case. However, the rules will include a two-year transition period for private flying. This means that from April 2015 onwards, the holder of a licence from a non-EASA State must hold an individual validation certificate issued by the EASA Member State where the pilot or the “operator” of the aircraft is based, if the aircraft is to be flown for any purpose. For any commercial flight where application for validation is to be made to the UK CAA, an individual validation in accordance with the Aircrew Regulation is required from 17th September 2012. Before that date a validation issued under the Air Navigation Order is required, but will be valid for UK-registered aircraft only.

There are some other significant changes to the validation rules being introduced under EU regulations:

Under current national provisions a validation (general or specific) is required for a non-UK or non-JAR licence holder to fly a UK-registered aircraft. Under EU regulations a validation will also be required for such a pilot to fly an aircraft registered outside the EU if the operator of the aircraft is based in the EU. For example, if the operator of an N-registered aircraft is based in the UK, the holder of an FAA licence will have to hold a validation issued under EU regulations by the CAA to fly the N-registered aircraft in Europe. (Again, this is deferred to April 2015 for private flying).

Under European regulations an individual licence holder may only be granted a validation once. Repeat validations are not permitted. A validation is issued for one year. If the pilot is training to gain an EASA Part-FCL licence the validation may be extended once by the State that issued it to allow a reasonable time to obtain the Part-FCL licence.


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?