Boris's Christmas Present - EU Agreement Text regarding FC Licences & Subsequent Announcements

24th December 2020   
Boris's Christmas Present - EU Agreement Text regarding FC Licences & Subsequent Announcements



December 2020 


Title II - Aviation safety 

103. The Agreement is largely in line with precedent and sets out a framework for cooperation on aviation safety, and a process for agreeing Annexes to the agreement that will facilitate recognition of UK and EU certificates, approvals and licences. Areas where the UK and EU could agree Annexes in future include: monitoring of maintenance organisations; personnel licences and training; operation of aircraft; and air traffic management. 


From Whole Agreement Text, Page 238 “Aviation Safety”.


  1. Certificates of airworthiness, certificates of competency and licences issued or rendered valid by one Party and still in force shall be recognised as valid by the other Party and its competent authorities, for the purpose of operating air services under this Title, provided that such certificates or licences were issued or rendered valid pursuant to, and in conformity with, as a minimum, the relevant international standards established under the Convention. 


Pathway Comment:

Although there will be no immediate change to the fact that the UK CAA is definitely leaving EASA on 1 Jan 21, the above agreement gives an indication that common sense is prevailing about the mutual recognition of personnel licences and training in the future.  Watch this space!


From CAA Website 29 Dec 20:

General validation for EU pilots

Under ICAO rules, a pilot wishing to operate an aircraft which has a different State of Registry to the state that issued that pilot’s licence must have a validation from the relevant authorities.

This means that flight crew carrying a non-UK CAA licence, issued by an EASA Member State, who operate UK-registered aircraft must carry a ‘general validation’ with their licence. This is issued by the UK CAA. This is available here for download:

The general validations are valid for two years under UK law.


Update to CAA Microsite 31 Jan 20

The UK-EU trade deal, announced on 24 December 2020, includes agreements on air transport and aviation safety which are due to come into effect at 23.00 GMT on 31 December 2020 when the UK ceases to take part in the EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and other EU institutions.

While the agreements involve some elements of continuity, they do not constitute a replication of the UK’s regulatory arrangements as part of the EASA/EU framework. Many sections of the aviation and aerospace industries will face changes after 31 December, as this microsite sets out.

We will study the detail of the new agreements and will update relevant pages of the microsite as information becomes clearer about how the new arrangements will work in practice.