Following the introduction of harmonized European pilot licences, pilots holding a UK ‘National’
or EASA licence, who also hold an ‘FAA Certificate’ allowing them to fly in the United States, must
have the document reissued by the FAA to retain its validity. This is an FAA requirement, following
format changes to European licences.
This arrangement avoids the need for pilots to travel to the US for verification of identity, as
the FAA has confirmed that pilots can have the certificate reissued outside the United States.
Pilots should contact the UK CAA's licensing service to arrange the re-issue.
Under normal circumstances, pilots with an FAA Certificate would have been required to travel to
an FAA Flight Standards District Office in the United States to comply with identification
requirements. The CAA recognizes the cost and inconvenience this will cause to pilots and
therefore, in conjunction with the FAA’s Flight Standards Service, has decided to grant a deviation
from this particular requirement in certain instances.
This process only applies to pilots who:
Pilots have until October 2018 to have their FAA Certificate reissued.
The FAA has instructed the UK CAA that personal identity must be verified in person.
To do this, pilots must visit the Gatwick over-the-counter service by visiting our office
South Area Gatwick Airport
West Sussex RH6 0YR
The Gatwick counter is open from 08.30 – 16.30 between Monday and Friday.
The CAA will then send the relevant paperwork to the FAA licensing centre in Oklahoma City.
The FAA in USA will then issue a new FAA certificate directly to the pilot.
This process will not be available if:
Pilots will be refused the FAR61.75 if the old UK licence number quoted does not match the UK licence number that is held on the FAA system. In these cases please contact the UK CAA.
If any of the exceptions above apply, please follow the standard licence verification process.
For more information please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
or email the FAA on email@example.com.
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