The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has introduced a further exemption allowing UK general aviation pilots to continue flying EASA GA aircraft under existing national pilot licensing and medical arrangements until at least 7 April 2019.
The exemption does restrict pilots to LAPL privileges only. If a pilot wishes to fly an EASA aircraft with PPL privileges then they will need to hold a valid EASA PPL. Pilots towing or flying aerobatics within LAPL privileges may continue to do so.
This mostly affects fixed-wing pilots as an EASA helicopter type rating can only be added to a EASA pilot licence and not a UK national licence.
LAPL privileges are restricted to:
- for aeroplanes: to act as Pilot in Command (PIC) on single-engine piston aeroplanes-land or Touring Motor Gliders (TMGs) with a maximum certificated take-off mass of 2 000 kg or less, carrying a maximum of 3 passengers, such that there are never more than 4 persons on board of the aircraft.
for helicopters: to act as PIC on single-engine helicopters with a maximum certificated take-off mass of 2 000 kg or less, carrying a maximum of 3 passengers, such that there are never more than 4 persons on board.
The new exemption follows a delay to the EASA amendment to the Aircrew Regulation, which is now expected to include an option for Member States to continue with this latest exemption arrangements for general aviation until 2020 by a derogation. This latest exemption will 'bridge the gap' until the delayed regulation comes into force and the derogation adopted, (this will not affect the conversion terms as published in CAP804, Part I, Section 4, Part P). This new exemption, with the support of the Department for Transport, allows pilots to continue to fly EASA GA aircraft as they do now.
The CAA has published the UK exemption on its website as an official record and pilots are strongly recommended to read the exemption here.
GA pilots already holding EASA PPL and LAPL pilot licences are reminded of the recent exemption arrangements allowing them to operate certain EASA aeroplanes, helicopters and TMGs up to LAPL privileges in the UK with a medical declaration. Details are here. This exemption has recently been updated with agreement from the Department for Transport to also allow UK National licence conversions to Part-FCL using a medical declaration, allow flights within the Crown Dependencies (with their permission) and medical declarations to be used with Part-FCL PPL and LAPL pilot licences issued before 8 April 2018.