EASA licences in the UK

This page details what's required for EASA licence holders who live in the UK and are required to keep their licence and ratings current. We also explain what is required to gain a UK licence if you hold an EASA licence.

Medical - There are UK based AMEs that can conduct EASA medicals. Many can conduct both UK and EASA medicals. The cost is slightly higher if you require both. Use the following CAA link to search for AMEs near you. It shows if they are also EASA approved. Link doesn't work in Safari. CAA MEDICAL EXAMINER DATABASE

Licence: The following is a CAA guide to EASA licences:

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The slide below explains the route to revalidating or renewing your IR in the UK

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You can revalidate or renew both an EASA and UK rating during the same test. This applies to both aircraft and simulator providing the above conditions are met.

UKFlying have both UK and EASA examiners that can assist with revalidating or renewing ratings in the UK for both CAA and EASA licence holders. More details on ME-IR revalidations and renewals can be found here: INSTRUMENT RATING

EASA Pilot application for a UK CAA licence

Previously held UK CAA / EASA licence which was issued prior to 31 Dec 2020:

  • All EASA licence holders whose licence date of initial licence was issued before 31 December 2020;

  • EASA licence Pilots, instructors and examiners who previously held a UK issued Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL before 1 January 2021 and have not had a licence issued at a higher level since 1 January 2021

All applications for the conversion of an EU licence to a UK Part-FCL must be submitted by 31 December 2022. No consideration will be given to any application submitted beyond this deadline. 

The UK CAA recommends that applications are submitted at the pilot’s earliest convenience to reduce the risk of any potential interruption to privilege or ability to operate a UK registered aircraft from 1 January 2023.

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

Link to CAA re-joiners page: CAA Re-joiners

This is a paperwork process plus UK medical. 

 

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

You will need to contact the CAA and they will determine what is required to have a UK CAA licence issued. Often a MEP and ME-IR Skill test will be required. This will depend on the following:

  • Full details of your theoretical knowledge results including where sat, dates, series and attempts etc.

  • Full details of the flight training including, ATO, and when the ATO’s approval was issued etc

  • Confirmation of when and where the skill tests will be or has been undertaken, including if this was/ will be with a non-UK Examiner

  • Confirmation of when your licence was issued by EASA

The CAA will require copies of your theoretical knowledge examination results, course completion certificates for training towards licence issue, copies of your examiner report forms for the skill test and copies of your EASA issued licence.
 
Certificates for theoretical knowledge examinations completed with an EASA member state, where the pass has been gained by 31st December 2020, may be recognised by the CAA, as long as these are still valid. 

Once you have the reply from the CAA detailing what is required, contact UKFlying and we will be able to assist.

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. 

CAA Link

From 1 January 2023, the UK will no longer be able to recognise EASA-issued certificates, approvals and licences for the operations and/or maintenance of UK registered aircraft. The CAA is encouraging holders of EASA approvals and personnel licences to begin the process of obtaining their UK equivalents now by applying to the CAA as soon as possible.

Link to page: https://info.caa.co.uk/uk-eu-transition/