The UK CAA have advised us at that there may be issues for pilots in training in the event of a hard Brexit on 29 March 2019. In the worst case the UK will cease to be an EASA member State and the UK CAA will no longer be the ‘Competent Authority’ for the UK, as defined by EASA.
Following the UK CAA advice now published at https://info.caa.co.uk/eu-exit/ we want to make sure that pilots studying for theoretical exams are aware of the options open to them. Ultimately you must decide what course of action is better for you, and this will reflect your own opinions on whether continuing UK membership of EASA is likely or unlikely and also your own personal circumstances.
The particular concerns for pilots under training are (i) that, where the records are currently held by the UK CAA, after March 2019 it may not be possible to transfer licences or training records from the UK to another EASA State and (ii) there is a requirement that all theoretical exams be completed in one State, although that need not be the State under which theory training was completed. The risk here is that exams part completed with the UK CAA by March 2019 will not be able to be either completed or transferred to another Authority.
If you take the worst-case view, we would recommend the following for BGS students:
- Students who have yet to take exams are advised to
- start their exams under another Competent Authority and also
- to transfer their licences before the end of March 2019 to another Authority.
- Students who are within sight of finishing are advised to
- complete their exams under the UK CAA as soon as possible and
- to transfer their licences before the end of March 2019 to another Competent Authority. We do not accept EASA’s advice quoted on the CAA website that transferring to ‘another ATO located in the EU’ will be sufficient as we have no confidence that, in the event of a hard Brexit, the UK CAA (then operating outside EASA) will be able to transfer the records or licences of candidates in training to another EASA State according to current EASA procedures.
- Students who fall into neither category will have to choose between:
- Path 1 above, abandoning their earlier attempts
- Doing nothing in the hope that a satisfactory situation will emerge
Austro Control EASA exams starting in January 2019 at Bristol Groundschool
We are pleased to confirm Austro Control are now able to offer EASA exams at Bristol Groundschool from January 2019 in addition to the UK CAA which already offer exams here. For information and details on how to book please visit our EASA Exam Guidance website page
Austro Control exam option was set up by us to protect against any possible effects of Brexit and to provide students with a solution they wish to sit exams under the authority of another EASA State but still in the UK.
In addition, in the event that the UK leaves EASA and starts issuing its own professional pilot licences, the UK CAA have announced that they will recognise EASA examinations for a period. We understand this means that their solution protects the candidate whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
In the event of a ‘hard Brexit’ Bristol Groundschool have put in place mechanisms to help ensure they continue to be an EASA approved ATO.
Transferring licences and training records
The UK CAA advise us that the process of licence transfer starts with the State you choose to hold your records. If you wish to transfer your licence/records, contact your EASA State of choice and follow their application process.