UK CAA transition period from EASA ends

The transition period from the UK CAA leaving the EU and EASA system finishes at the end of 2022. From 1 January 2023, the UK will no longer recognise EU-issued approvals, certificates and licences to fly UK registered aircraft.

Anyone wishing to fly a UK registered aircraft will need a UK CAA licence, either by applying for one before the end of the year on the UK CAA website on the strength of an EASA licence issued before 1 January 2020, or by undergoing a conversion process which may include extra examinations both theory and flying.

The impact this has on ATPL students coming to the end of their training and assessing their APS MCC options is that there is less flexibility regarding the approval of their chosen ATO. If a student holds an EASA licence, they will need to do an EASA-approved course, and this will not be recognised in the UK. Similarly, if a UK CAA licence is held, this will have to be done at an ATO holding a UK CAA approved school.

If a candidate holds both CAA and EASA licences and wishes to do an APS MCC course accepted in both jurisdictions, after the end of this year they will have to choose a course at an ATO holding both approvals.

Find out more about dual licensing here (in association with FTA).

Find out more about regulatory changes after 1 January 2023 here.