Pilots with UK licence cannot fly EASA aircraft from 8 April

UK pilots with a non-EASA pilot licence will not be able to fly an aircraft with an EASA Certificate of Airworthiness from 8 April 2020.

The CAA has today issued an alert saying this privilege will cease on that day.

“UK national private pilot licence holders are not able to fly an aeroplane with an EASA certificate of airworthiness from 8 April 2020 due to a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) derogation expiring on 7 April and not being renewed,” says the CAA alert.

“The change does not affect balloons or sailplanes including powered sailplanes.

“This change arises as a result of the derogation contained in Article 2a of Regulation (EU) 1178/2011 (the EASA Aircrew Regulation) ending on 7 April 2020.”

The CAA has a micro-site dedicated to Brexit and its effect on aviation. It says” “To continue operating EU-registered aircraft in the event of such an outcome, you could seek a licence validation from any EASA Competent Authority, which would be valid for aircraft registered in any EASA member state.

“The European Commission has previously said you cannot seek this until after the UK is no longer an EASA participant.

“Alternatively, you could undertake a State of Licence Issue transfer before the end of the transition period. This means transferring your licence and medical from the UK to another EASA member state prior to EU exit.”

Information on a State of Licence Issue (SOLI) transfer is here.


  1. You know, I’m getting a bit fed up of being told what I can and cannot do by the faceless ones, particularly if they are anything to do with Brussels !
    First it’s straight bananas and pink, straight sausages. Now it’s removing my right to fly any SEP that I am qualified to operate.

    1. Well you know the answer, carry on and ignore the bloody Europeans …..
      (and the CAA as well!).

  2. The CAA should reciprocate and curtail EU pilots from using their EASA licences to fly in the UK. Equivalence is what is required so that the EU recognises UK licences and airworthiness and the UK recognises theirs, rather than being bullied into accepting theirs only because of the audacity of wanting to become a sovereign nation state again.

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