UK Pilot License
Switchover, The Countdown Begins
By Daniel Baxter
June 15, 2011 - The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
has started contacting all UK pilots with details of the
EU legislation that will usher in a new Europe-wide
flight crew licensing regime in April 2012.
The move will see the European Aviation Safety Agency
(EASA) become responsible for standardizing pilot
licensing across the EU. National authorities, such as
the CAA, will still issue licenses to pilots but in
accordance with the new European rules.
Most pilots, private and commercial, will be affected by
the switchover and will have to obtain new EASA licenses
in order to enable them to continue to fly aircraft that
have EASA airworthiness certificates.
some pilots, such as those flying micro-lights, ex-military and
kit built aircraft, will be able to continue to use their
existing licenses. This is because EASA does not regulate these
categories of aircraft.
Head of the CAA?s Licensing and Training Standards Department,
said: ?This will be the biggest licensing change in European
aviation for over a decade. We are in the process of writing to
all 55,000 license holders in the UK to notify them that these
changes are going to take place and where to find further
countries in which the new European rules apply include many
more countries than the membership of the European Union. The
new European legislation for pilot licensing is legally binding
on all Members of the European Union.
It follows that the new rules will apply to the same countries as JAR-FCL currently does. The full set of participating States (EU and non EU) is sometimes referred to as the "EASA Member States". One important change will be that EU Member States that had not achieved "mutual recognition" status under JARFCL will have the new licenses that they issue under Part-FCL recognized by the other States. All States will be audited by EASA "standardization" teams.
A JAA or JAR-FCL
license means a license marked "Joint Aviation Authorities" that has
been issued by a mutually recognized JAA member in accordance with
JAR-FCL, and is not restricted to aircraft registered in any particular
The term "United
Kingdom license" as used by the CAA and in the Air Navigation Order
means a license issued by the CAA that is not a JAA/JAR-FCL license and
is not a National Private Pilots License (NPPL). When the European
regulations are fully implemented, United Kingdom licenses will not be
valid for the piloting of EASA aircraft.
The UK National
Private Pilots License (NPPL) is a license issued by the CAA that is
valid in UK airspace for the piloting of UK registered aircraft only.
(The NPPL may only be used in another country with the permission of the
relevant authorities of that country). Depending upon the class ratings
included in the NPPL it may be used to fly microlight aeroplanes,
Self-Launching Motor Gliders (SLMG5), and/or Simple Single Engine
Aeroplanes (SSEA). When the European regulations are fully implemented,
NPPLs will not be valid for the piloting of EASA aircraft.
in European regulations and associated materials, a "national license"
is any license issued under national law rather than European
regulations. This means any license that is not issued in accordance
with the new Part-FCL is a national license.
Under the proposed
legislation, JAR-FCL licenses issued fully in accordance with JARFCL by
mutually recognized JAA States will be deemed to have been issued under
the new Part-FCL, and so will be European licenses. In the UK context,
this means that "United Kingdom" licenses, NPPLs, and UK-issued JAA
licenses that are marked "Valid for United Kingdom registered aircraft"
(because the holders did not fully comply with JAR-FCL) are national
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