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Published on October 1st, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer

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CAA Publish Guidance to UK Licence Holders after Brexit

Lots of pilots in Ireland continue to fly on EASA Private Pilot Licences issued by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Post Brexit, whenever that may be, there will be some significant changes to licence privileges so it’s important that any pilots flying light aircraft in Ireland on a UK issued licence understand what they can and can’t fly. The full guidance from the CAA is published here, but we’ve produced the main points below. It’s worth noting that this only applies to EASA licences, other licences such as the NPPL already fall outside EASA and are not affected.

Would I be able to continue operating EU-registered aircraft?

The European Commission has said that it would not recognise UK-issued licences. To continue operating EU registered aircraft, you could seek a licence validation from any EASA Competent Authority, which would valid for aircraft registered in any EASA member State. The European Commission has said you cannot seek this until after the UK has formally withdrawn from the EU. Alternatively, you could undertake a State of Licence Issue transfer before the UK leaves the EU. This means transferring your licence and medical from the UK to another EASA member state prior to EU exit. Further guidance on State of Licence Issue transfers.

Would I be able to continue operating UK-registered aircraft?

Yes, as a signatory state to the Chicago Convention, UK private pilot licences would continue to be legally valid for the operation of UK-registered aircraft. The CAA will continue to issue and reissue pilots’ licences when they are lost, damaged, when details need to be changed or pilots’ privileges updated as we do now. Over time, this would include removing references to EASA.

Would I be able to fly my UK-registered aircraft to Europe?

Yes, as a signatory state to the Chicago Convention, UK private pilot licences would continue to be legally valid for the operation of UK-registered aircraft.

Would UK pilots’ medicals remain valid?

Yes. Medical certificates issued before the UK’s exit from the EU would remain valid, even if issued by a non-UK EASA Aeromedical Examiner (AME) or Aeromedical Centre (AeMC).

At the first medical after Brexit and thereafter, medicals would have to be issued by UK AMEs and Aeromedical Centres, both would retain their permissions and approvals under UK law. No action required.

For UK pilot licences, existing medical certificates would retain validity and UK AMEs and Aeromedical Centres would retain their permissions and approvals under UK law. No action required.

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Mark Dwyer

Mark is an airline pilot by profession flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He also instructs on them including tailwheel differences training and is a UK CAA Examiner. He also flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.



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