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UK – EU Transition, and UK Civil Aviation Regulations

To access current UK civil aviation regulations, including AMC and GM, CAA regulatory documents, please use this link to UK Regulation. Please note, if you use information and guidance under the Headings below, the references to EU regulations or EU websites in our guidance will not be an accurate information or description of your obligations under UK law. These pages are undergoing reviews and updates.

As of 1 April 2021, a new licence application process became available to pilots, instructors and examiners who previously held a UK issued Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL Licence to regain a licence. The process also applies to EASA licence holders whose date of initial licence issue is prior to 31 December 2020, to gain a UK Part FCL licence off the back of their EASA licence. This process will remain in place until December 2022.

Eligibilty for application

Licence holders who fit the below criteria can apply for a UK PART-FCL licence using this application route:

  • pilots, instructors and examiners who previously held a UK issued Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL and have not had a licence issued at a higher level since 1 January 2021
  • EASA licence holders whose licence date of initial licence issue is prior to 31 December 2020

Licence holders who fall into the below criteria cannot use this route and must instead email FCLweb@caa.co.uk (subject heading ‘Attention Tech: EU Conversion’) for further advice:

  • pilots, instructors and examiners who previously held a licence with the UK CAA and have had an EASA licence issued at a higher level since 1 January 2021
  • EASA licence holders whose licence was issued after 31 December 2020

Previous UK Licence holders

The CAA understands that there are a number of pilots who transferred their licences to an EASA Member State before 31 December 2020, however their EASA Flight Crew Licence has been issued after 1 January 2021.

The following will apply in these instances

  • Pilots that already have their EASA Flight Crew licence issued can apply using this process
  • Pilots that are midway through the transfer will also be able to follow the process below, to obtain a UK Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL licence, once their EASA Flight Crew Licence has been issued.

To allow these pilots to continue operating UK-registered aircraft, the CAA issued a Validation to grant pilots who obtain their EASA licence between 1 January 2021 and 31 March 2021 the ability to do so.

If you hold a non-UK CAA EASA licence or have transferred your licence to a EASA member state and wish to operate G-reg aircraft, please refer to our microsite for information on how to do so. The general validations can be found on the Downloads page.

Medical requirements

Before we can issue a UK Part-FCL licence, the pilot must hold a UK PART-MED medical certificate with medical records supporting UK Part-MED certificate must be held on the United Kingdom CAA Medical Records System. We are unable to accept EASA medical certificates.

Applying for a UK medical certificate if you have SOLI transferred from the UK

How to apply

Private licence holders will need to submit an application for the UK Part-FCL licence issue where a private pilot’s licence and/or examiner/instructor certificate is held.

Applicants for a UK National licence wishing to operate non-Part 21 aircraft are required to submit their request in writing by e-mail to fclweb@caa.co.uk (Subject heading: “National licence”).

Online application

Applicants selecting this application method are required to upload the following documents to support their application:

  • A certified copy of your passport
  • A copy of your EASA Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL licence
  • A copy of your EASA Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL Examiner/Instructor certificate (if applicable)

How to get copies of your documents certified.

The video below includes the following guidance:

(Please note these links will open in a new window)

Eligibility 00:14
Documentation 01:14
Filling in the application form 03:29
The application assessment process 06:47
Contact details 09:36

Application forms and additional guidance

Application form SRG 1217
Application form SRG 2158
Guidance on EU UK examiner and instructor privilege conversion

Special guidance for 'Current & Expired Examiners/Instructors privileges' section

'Type endorsed' is the type you hold the certificate for, e.g. SEP/MEP.

'Privileges' field requires the privileges as per Part-FCL and shown on page 4 of your licence, e.g. FCL.1005.FE applies, (a)(1), (a)(2), (a)(3).

The fee

The fee for issue of each licence is:

  • ATPL/CPL/MPL £256
  • PPL £196
  • LAPL £161
  • SPL £161
  • BPL £161

If you are applying for a licence and an examiners/instructors certificate, there is no additional fee for the examiners/instructors certificate.

If you are applying for an instructors certificate without a current licence there is a fee payable for issue of the certificate:

  • SFI £127
  • MCCI £212
  • STI £356

In addition to the above, there is also a mandatory £46 fee payable for verifying your entitlements with the NAA which issued your non-UK Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL.

An additional fee applies if you would like your documents returned by secure courier.

Making sure your documents are safely returned.

Processing time

Once the CAA is in receipt of your application, this will be added to the workflow and processed in strict date order. Due to the nature of this application process, in conjunction with the two-year recognition period, it will not be bound by our standard SLA.

Following the initial assessment, a request will be sent to your EU NAA for verification of the EASA Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL licence, and for confirmation of any current enforcement or revocation action.

Only once we are in receipt of the verification, and your UK medical has been issued, a UK Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL will be issued.

As this application requires that your EASA licence details are verified by the EU NAA that issued your non-UK Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL licence, we are reliant on the cooperation and turnaround of the other authority.

Conversion of National and Restricted Ratings

The UK CAA is unable to convert any National Ratings held on Non-UK EU Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL Licences. Additionally, we cannot issue ratings that are restricted to specific countries or airlines, and these will not be endorsed on the UK Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL.

What will be issued on the UK Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL Licence

All privileges endorsed on your licence at the time of transfer from the UK will be endorsed onto the UK Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL licence. Any additional privileges from the EU Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL will also be endorsed onto the UK Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL, excluding any National or Restricted Ratings. Any valid ratings will be annotated on the certificate of revalidation, with any expired ratings being removed to the back of the licence.

File size limit

Please note that there is currently a 50Mb size limit for files uploaded to our forms.
If your attachments exceed 50Mb, you should send all supporting documentation to fclweb@caa.co.uk quoting your application number.

All documents should be uploaded with a different filename clearly stating the content of the file attachment for example Passport, Licence copy etc.

Submitting documents with the same filename may result in the loss of information in the system and added delays to the application assessment.

Contact us

Applicants are now able to receive an automated update on the status of your application, and you can do so by sending an email to application.status@caa.co.uk. In the subject line, please type the word RTN and in the main body of the email please type your licence reference number. Please remove all other text from the email before sending.

If you have any questions please contact our licensing team, preferably via email:

Flight crew: fclweb@caa.co.uk
Instructors: instructors@caa.co.uk
Examiners: examiners@caa.co.uk

Phone 0330 022 1972 (Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:30)

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