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UK Civil Aviation Regulations

These are published by the CAA on our UK Regulations pages. EU Regulations and EASA Access Guides published by EASA no longer apply in the UK. Our website and publications are being reviewed to update all references. Any references to EU law and EASA Access guides should be disregarded and where applicable the equivalent UK versions referred to instead.

The Government will be publishing all UK aviation law (including retained EU law) on legislation.gov.uk in due course. In the meantime, the CAA has developed this website to support the industry in understanding its rights and obligations under UK law, now that we have left the European system. The CAA is continuing to work with its supplier to improve the format and structure of the documents.

Aviation Law in the UK

Since the UK fully left the European Union, after the end of the UK/EU Agreement transitional period on 31 December 2020, the law that applies to aviation rights and obligations is now all UK law and includes the retained EU Regulations, as amended by an increasing amount of UK law.

EU regulations as published on EU web pages are not an accurate presentation of the law that applies in the UK.  

The CAA adopted the version of Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC), Guidance Material (GM), Certification Specifications (CS) adopted by EASA up to 31 December 2020, but has since adopted amendments to that AMC, GM and CS. 

On these pages we publish

  • CAA procured versions of UK aviation law currently in force.
  • The CAA adopted versions of the law do not contain the statutory forms. They are available to view and download using the Forms page of this website.
  • The AMC, GM, CS and other information applicable to UK registered aircraft, pilots, aircraft engineers, other persons involved in UK aviation and organisations.
  • UK AltMoC proposed and accepted by CAA prior to 31 December 2020 continues from 1 January 2021 to be means by which the requirements in the applicable EU Retained legislation, now UK law, can be met. This AltMoC is published in CAP 1721.

Note (1): in due course official HMG publications of UK aviation law will be published, with no charge or fee to access, on legislation.gov.uk. Until those are available the CAA has published CAA procured versions. Please note these are not official HMG Stationery Office versions.

Note (2): Stakeholders should no longer refer to EU or EASA websites for a description of their rights and obligations under Aviation law (including AMC, GM, CS and other information) as this may be out of date from 1 January 2021 either because the UK position has changed or because the EU or EASA position has changed.