Gaining a UK Pilots Licence from 1st January 2023
As of 1st January 2023, pilots operating G-Reg aircraft (UK registered aircraft) in the UK are required to hold a UK licence. This measure has been implemented as part of the UK’s departure from the European Union and the subsequent changes to aviation regulations. The key aspects of obtaining a UK licence for pilots, including the ability to hold both a UK Part-FCL (Flight Crew licencing) and a Part-FCL issued by an EASA member state or any other ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) licence concurrently are as follows:-
UK Part-FCL and Concurrent Licences
Pilots who wish to fly G-Reg aircraft in the UK are mandated to possess a UK Part-FCL. However, this does not mean you are restricted from holding licences from other countries. According to the new regulations, pilots can maintain both a UK Part-FCL and another PartFCL issued by an EASA member state or any other ICAO member country. This provision allows pilots to operate under both sets of regulations, offering flexibility in their international flying activities.
Third Country Licence conversion requirements
For pilots who already hold a licence issued by a non-EASA member state (referred to as a “third country licence”), there are specific requirements for converting it to a UK Part-FCL licence. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has published detailed guidelines on its website, outlining the process and necessary documentation for third country licence holders seeking to obtain a UK licence. The conversion process ensures that pilots meet the UK’s aviation standards and regulations, facilitating a smooth transition for international pilots operating in the UK.
Obtaining a UK Licence without claiming credits
The CAA offers an alternative pathway for pilots who wish to obtain a UK licence without claiming any credits from their existing licences. This option is particularly relevant for pilots who may have varied flying experiences and qualifications from multiple countries. By following the procedures outlined on the CAA’s webpages, these pilots can apply for a UK Part-FCL based solely on meeting the specific UK aviation requirements. This approach ensures that pilots are assessed on their compliance with UK regulations and standard procedures.
Gaining a UK licence for pilots became a legal requirement from 1st January 2023 for operating G-Reg aircraft in the UK. Pilots are allowed to hold both a UK Part-FCL and a licence from an EASA member state or any other ICAO member country simultaneously, providing them with flexibility in their flying activities. For pilots holding third country licences, the CAA has outlined a clear conversion process to obtain a UK Part-FCL licence. Additionally, pilots with varying qualifications can apply for a UK licence without claiming credits based on meeting the specific UK aviation requirements. These measures have been put in place to ensure safety and compliance with UK aviation standards while accommodating the diverse backgrounds of international pilots operating within the country.