Brexit No-Deal possibility prompts CAA action

With Brexit negotiations seemingly stuck, where does that leave aviation should the UK exit the European Union next year without a deal in place?

The CAA has launched a Brexit No-Deal microsite to help pilots, aircraft owners and the aviation industry prepare.

Some examples given by the CAA:

  • UK aviation will be as safe after we leave the EU as before. In the no-deal scenario, we would recognise EASA certificates, approvals and licences for use in the UK aviation system and on UK-registered aircraft at least for a period of two years following Brexit. It would, in the UK’s view, be in the EU’s interests to recognise UK certificates, approvals and licences in the same way. To date, the EU has publicly stated it would not do so.
  • Global aviation rules (ICAO) mean that UK issued pilot licences would be valid for use on UK-registered aircraft, regardless of the negotiation’s outcome.
  • Pilots with UK licences who want to fly EU-registered aircraft post-Brexit would need to transfer their licence to another EASA member state before Brexit, or seek a second licence from an EASA member state.
  • If pilots currently hold a commercial licence from another EASA member  state, they would need to seek validation from the CAA to operate UK-registered aircraft if they want to fly outside the UK. The CAA is currently developing processes to make this as seamless as possible.
  • UK registered engineers would be able to continue to maintain UK-registered aircraft, but not EU-registered aircraft unless the EU decides to recognise UK engineer licences. The UK CAA would allow engineers licensed by other EASA member states to maintain UK aircraft for up to two years after Brexit.

The CAA’s views are based on the Government’s technical notices, and are subject to current understanding about the Government’s policy and how it would incorporate the EU aviation body of law into UK law under the Withdrawal Act.

“Any changes to the Government’s policy or legal framework could lead to changes to the information,” says the CAA.

“The microsite will be updated frequently with new information for our stakeholders. We urge you to keep abreast of relevant updates.

CAA Brexit No-Deal microsite


  1. This really annoys me. There are probably more airlines recognise CAA FAA and the ICAO license than any other. The CAA have probably contributed more towards EASA standardisation than the whole of the other 27 countries put together. So in this international business why are there suddenly these problems. They are just trying to be funny over Brexit. My advice would be to keep Your ICAO license and if you were to get any other license get an FAA with the CAA FAA ICAO you’re probably recognised more world wide than with any other license.

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