CAA update on the end of the Brexit transition period

The CAA has published a 23rd September 2020 update on CAA readiness for what the end of the ‘transition period’ will mean, including:

Amid the continuing negotiations about the UK’s future relationship with the EU, there is one thing we know for sure: the UK will no longer be part of the EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) system after 31 December this year.

That is just over three months away and we understand that some businesses want clarity over a future UK-EU aviation safety agreement and whether mutual recognition of licences, certificates and approvals will be included in it. We don’t yet know what the final outcome of the negotiations will be. What we do know is that we in the CAA and many stakeholders in industry have been working out what a ‘non-negotiated outcome’ would look like, and preparing for it, for the last four years.

Our aim has been to create as much stability as possible for businesses and consumers within the overall framework of the UK’s relationship with the EU. That is why, in partnership with the Department for Transport, the steps we have taken will mean that after 31 December:

all current technical requirements will be retained in UK domestic regulation

all type certificates and certificates of release to service for aeronautical products and parts issued on or before 31 December remain valid;

all other certificates, approvals and licences issued in accordance with EASA requirements that are in effect on 31 December will remain valid under UK law for two years unless they expire sooner;

the UK’s existing safety arrangements with countries beyond the EU will continue;

new CAA systems for approving aircraft parts and licensing overseas airlines will come into effect;

consumer protection for air travellers will be as strong as before; and

aviation security standards will be maintained as rigorously as before.

As expected, for gliding this means that existing EASA sailplane rules, eg operations, licensing and airworthiness, will continue under UK law from 1 Jan 2021.

The BGA is positively and proactively engaged with the CAA to ensure continued proportionate implementation of regulation and to maximise opportunities, including use of existing derogations, exemptions, opening the UK pilot medical declaration process to all, and delegated responsibility.

As soon as we know more about any relevant bilateral agreements including those relating to mutual recognition of certificates issued after 1 Jan 21, we will advise through the normal channels.

Our previously published guidance remains valid, including the ongoing pilot licence conversion process that ends in October 2021.