• How to check whether you require an exemption

    AOC and NCC Operators, do your flight crew hold PBN privileges on their licence?

    • Are your aircraft types certified for RNP APCH?
    • Is there an appropriately equipped FSTD available for flight crew training/checking?

    If your answer to either question is yes

    Flight crew are required to hold PBN privileges on their licence before 25 August 2018 to operate on PBN routes and procedures.

    If your answer to both questions is no

    Operators can apply, on behalf of their crew, for an exemption under Article 14-4 of the Basic EASA Regulation against the requirement for conducting a check of an RNP Approach under Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011, “the EASA Aircrew Regulation” (as amended), if they intend to operate on PBN routes and procedures after the 25 August 2018.

    If you intend to remain outside of PBN airspace at all times, no exemption will be required.

    The exemption will not be transferable between Operators or between different aircraft types. A separate exemption will be required for each type that is needed. 

    This will then allow the Operator to issue an internal certificate to each of their flight crew showing that they hold PBN privileges (Restricted). As this ‘restricted’ privilege will not be entered onto a flight crew’s licence the Operator is to ensure that their internal certificates are always carried on board by each flight crew together with a copy of the exemption. The Operator is also to ensure that their pilot’s do not attempt to apply for a PBN endorsement to be added to their licence as this will be refused.

    Important information

    The Operator must continue to ensure that they maintain compliance with CAT.OP.MPA.126 which includes the continued airworthiness of the area navigation system for PBN operations and ORO.GEN.110(d) where the Operator must ensure that its aircraft are equipped and its crews are qualified as required for the area and type of operation.  That means that the operator must establish what requirements apply to the route, procedure and airspace as a factor in planning their operation.

    The Operator must continue to comply with all airworthiness and air space requirements. No exemption is being offered with regard to theses aspects.

    How to make an application

  • Do you know who your Flight Operations Inspector (FOI) is?

    If yes, please contact them directly for guidance, the Inspector will provide you with a compliance check list.

    Please have available the following information available when you call:

    • AOC Operator and number
    • NCC Operator 
    • Aircraft types affected

    If you don't know who your FOI is please email apply@caa.co.uk to have a Flight Operations Inspector contact you.

    Please have available the following information available when you call:

    • AOC Operator and number
    • NCC Operator
    • Aircraft types affected

    When you have received guidance from your Flight Operations Inspector continue to step 2.

    AOC and NCC Operators

    To apply, for an exemption to Performance Based Navigation (PBN) - Exemption Under Article 14-4 against Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011 as amended “The EASA Aircrew Regulation”.

    Operators can apply on behalf of their crew, for an exemption from The EASA Aircrew Regulation and the requirement for conducting a check of an RNP Approach if you intend to operate on PBN routes and procedures after the 25 August 2018 if both of the following criteria apply:

    • their aircraft types are not RNP APCH equipped
    • an appropriately equipped FSTD is not available for flight crew training/checking. 

    Please complete the exemption form SRG2137 together with the fee of £154.  The completed application must be sent to apply@caa.co.uk.

    You will also be required to provide the following information with your application:

    • Completed Compliance Checklist - that is provided to the Operator by their Flight Operations Inspector
    • Operator's Safety Case.

    The deadline for exemption applications is 2 July 2018.

    • After the application is submitted you will receive an acknowledgment receipt.
    • Following this you will only be contacted by your FOI if they require any further information.
    • The payment will be taken when the completed application is first received.

    Our process

    After payment is taken the application will be processed, this will take approximately 30 working days.
    Once the exemption is issued the Operator will receive an email with the exemption notification, together with an accompanying letter with any specific requirements. 

    A copy of the exemption certificate is to be carried on board the aircraft at all times during the exemption period.

    The above exemption can only be valid until 24 August 2020.Thereafter all IR holders will need to hold PBN privileges as required by (EU) Commission regulation 2016/539.

  • Further guidance

  • Instrument ratings

    EU Regulation 2016/59 Article 1 (5) - IR pilots without PBN privileges may only fly on routes and approaches that do not require PBN privileges and no PBN items shall be required for the renewal of their IR, until 25 August 2020; after that date, PBN privileges shall be required for every IR.

    While it is considered that the PBN endorsement is a generic privilege to a pilot's IR, Part FCL states to 'maintain' the privilege the pilot must revalidate their PBN privileges every LPC. This requirement applies to each IR that is held.


    A complete review of all documents including the examiner handbook and examiner differences document is taking place and future amendments will include information regarding PBN. 

    Implications for EIR and IMC/IRR

    EIR is not included.

    IRR(IMC) is not currently included. Any changes to the IMC will require additional legislation.

    Pilots who have completed PBN training with a non UK EASA approved ATO

    Pilots must provide confirmation that the non-UK EASA ATO is approved by their own NAA to conduct PBN training and a Course Completion Certificate stating that you have received PBN training.

    Pilots who have been PBN assessed by a non UK EASA examiner

    As well as the Examiner Report form annotated by the examiner to say that PBN has been assessed, the EASA Examiner would also have to provide documentation to show that their NAA has authorised him/her to conduct PBN checks.

    This document could be their licence, examiners authorisation or a separate authorisation depending how their particular NAA has implemented EU Regulation 2016/539. The non-UK examiner will need to follow the required procedure stated in the EASA Examiners Differences Document as amended. The test notification emails will be amended to mention PBN.

    Course completion certificates

    UK approved ATOs will be required to amend their Course Completion Certificate once their amended IR syllabus has been accepted by the CAA.

    EU Regulation 2016/539 states - The PBN endorsement should not create additional administrative burden for the competent authority.  

    Cross crediting for PBN - aeroplanes and helicopters

    Flight training and theoretical knowledge can be cross-credited but a proficiency check would still be required.


    The UK CAA does not wish to re-issue licences solely for the addition of the PBN endorsement as Information 2017/026 allows Examiners to undertake this administrative task.

    EU Regulation 2016/539 states - The PBN endorsement should not create additional administrative burden for the competent authority.