UK CAA & EASA 2021 - Post Brexit Update
A significant number of students who had previously taken a number of examinations under the regulatory authority of an EASA member state, intending to apply for an EASA licence, are now opting to complete the remaining exams under the the regulatory authority of UK CAA, in order to apply for a UK licence.
This information is offered under the caveat that it is accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication, and we cannot be held responsible for any errors contained within. It is your personal responsibility to check the procedures to be followed with the appropriate authority. Any questions should be addressed to the regulatory authority.
Also note that, in due course negotiations between the UK and EU authorities may result in changes to the following processes. We shall attempt to keep you appraised of those changes as we are made aware of them.
CAA E-Exams Service
Cat3C students who have commenced an examination series under the regulatory authority of Austro-Control and now wish to change over to the UK CAA to complete the series need to advise us by no later than 28th February 2021 before registering with the CAA by sending an email to Cat3C Office.
You then need to register on the CAA e-exams service at:
Please take some time to read the information at:
Your ATPL theoretical knowledge ATO must hold a UK CAA approval for the purposes of authorising students to take CAA exams.
When you register, you will be asked to nominate your ATO – at this point select the appropriate ATO. That will automatically generate an email application to the ATO, whereupon the appropriate person will check and approve your application. This will be notified to you by email.
At that point, you will be eligible to book and take CAA exams in accordance with your ATO’s approved training procedures.
UK Licence Issue
Any EASA exams passed before 1 January 2021 will be valid for UK licence issue until 31 December 2022, but please note that any exams taken after 31 December 2020 must be taken with the CAA.
Furthermore, note that the 31 December 2022 is an ISSUE date not an application date, so please ensure you submit your licence application in plenty of time.
EASA Licence Issue
UK exams are not valid for EASA licence issue.
If you want to apply for an EASA licence you need to complete your exams under the regulatory authority of an EASA member state.
If you have already taken some EASA exams you must complete the remainder with the same national aviation authority.
ECQB 6 v ECQB 2020 (New Syllabus)
Please note that, ECQB 6 and ECQB 2020 are not official terms for the ‘old’ and ‘new’ syllabus, and are used merely for ease of understanding, as most students link the syllabus to the question bank used for assisting studies.
In order to take exams under the ‘old’ EQCB 6 syllabus, you must take at least one exam with:
* For UK exams, the CAA by 31 March 2021
* For EASA exams, Austro-Control by 31 March 2021
Subject to confirmation, it appears that the extension to 31 March 2021 for registering for ECQB 6 examinations has been offered by Austro-Control only; and if you are taking your exams under the regulatory authority of any other EASA national aviation authority, the final date for registering for and taking your first ECQB 6 exam was 31 December 2020.
In either case, all EASA exams taken after 31 January 2022 must be taken under the ‘new’ ECQB 2020 syllabus.
State of Licence Issue
There has been some misleading information promulgated on social media platforms regarding the final date for applying for a transfer of state of licence issue being extended to 31 March 2021.
That information is incorrect – the final date for SOLI applications was 31 December 2020 – and has possibly resulted from misreading a document published by the UK CAA.
Originally, the UK CAA stated that it would undertake a simple administrative process for the issue of UK licences on the basis of an equivalent EASA licence, which had been issued by 31 December 2020. It is this date that the CAA has extended to 31 March 2021.
As such, any person holding an EASA CPL MEIR, issued no later than 31 March 2021, plus a UK CAA Class 1 medical certificate may apply to be issued with a UK CAA CPL MEIR under a simplified administrative process and will not be required to undertake any further training or testing.
The final date for issue of a UK CAA CPL ME-IR under this arrangement is 31 December 2022.
An application for a UK licence based on an EASA licence issued after 31 March 2021 needs to follow the ‘Third Country’ application process, with training as deemed necessary by the Head of Training at a UK approved ATO with skill tests being conducted by a UK CAA approved examiner. Up to 31 December 2022, EASA ATPL theory exams passed before 1 January 2021 are acceptable, but exams taken after 31 December 2020 must have been taken with the UK CAA. Similarly, only UK exams will be acceptable for UK licence issue after 31 December 2022.