Austro Control exams have been disrupted by COVID-19.
Should I choose Austro Control exams?
With the uncertainty of Brexit we are frequently being asked by students which exams they should sit.
The problems are caused by:
- The EASA rule which says you must sit all your theory exams with the same Authority
- The UK leaving EASA at the end of 2020
- The EASA statement that UK CAA EASA exam passes will not be recognised
If you have yet to start your examinations, we recommend that you consider doing them with Austro Control (or another EASA member state). This is because:
- They will be unaffected by Brexit
- Cost quite a lot less than the UK CAA exams
- Can be sat in the UK with Bristol Groundschool
- Will enable you to gain an EASA licence whatever the Brexit outcome
Note, the UK CAA have said that they will recognise EASA licences and allow them to be converted to UK CAA licences for at least 2 years.
The UK CAA have also said that they will allow EASA theory exams passes to be used to gain a UK CAA licence.
Conversely, EASA have said they will not recognise UK CAA licences nor allow an easy conversion route, instead applying standard rules for converting ICAO licences.
Qualified Military Pilots:
The CAA have said that if you are a qualified military pilot relying on exemptions, you will need to sit your examinations with the UK CAA, and you are also required to do your flight tests with an ATO that holds a UK CAA approval.
The UK will be leaving EASA at the end of 2020
Austro Control exam dates
Now the UK CAA have confirmed that they have no objection to the arrangement we are pleased to confirm the Austro Control EASA exam sitting dates at the BGS premises in Clevedon on the following dates:
Feb 3, 4 & 5
Feb 17, 18, 19 & 20
Mar 16, 17 & 18
Apr 20, 21, 22 & 23 – Cancelled May 18, 19 & 20 – Cancelled
June 15, 16 & 17
July 20, 21 & 22
August 17, 18 & 19
September 21, 22 & 23
October 19, 20 & 21
November 16, 17 & 18
Austro Control exams have been disrupted by COVID-19. Please see this webpage for more details.
To see availability for these dates, visit the booking page below.
Book exams with Austro Control
- Download the relevant application:
ATPL (A) Application
ATPL (A) Conversion Application
ATPL & CPL (H) Application
a) ATPL A, ATPL & CPL H Application – Complete only Part 1 and 2 of the form electronically (not by hand) and then electronically sign or print and sign Part 2. (Please note – if you have not studied with Bristol Groundschool, you will also need your ATO to complete and sign Part 3).
b) ATPL A Conversion Application – Complete only pages 1 and 2 of the form electronically (not by hand) and then e-mail directly to Austro Control – email@example.com
- Scan and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Proceed to the booking page below:
Once you’ve completed the form you can make a booking via this page: austro.bristol.gs
Please do not make any bookings until you have sent us your form. This is only required for your first time sitting with Austro Control.
How much do the exams cost?
Costs & Terms
The fees are £45 per exam. Bookings, changes & cancellations must be made 7 working days before the start of the exam week.
Exams are taken on iPads provided at the exam centre with the results available immediately after the exam. They are also sent by email the following week to the candidate from Austro Control.
- Questions are drawn from the whole of ECQB 6*
- The new Jepp is in use, PBN is included.
- There are no ‘quadrant’ style questions
- Annexes are viewable on screen and printed if the question requires it
- Results are available instantly
- Most appeals can be resolved on the spot (within reason)
- There is no charge for appeals
- Retakes in the same sitting are not allowed
The Austro Control exams will be offered at BGS at least once a month. This will continue for the foreseeable future, whatever happens with Brexit.
* ECQB 6 is the current EASA question bank. The way the UK CAA appear to operate is to pull out roughly 200 questions per subject, then use only them for a period of six months to a year. This has the advantage that we get to know the current questions quickly. The students know this too, and pull the most recent 200 questions only from the question bank.
Austro Control take a batch of roughly 200 per subject for each sitting, which means that if you take an exam in, Instruments, the chap sitting next to you in that sitting will have a similar exam, but the people in the next sitting will have a different batch of questions. We therefore think the ‘last 200’ concept will be of less use in revision.
Frequently asked questions
UK Military Pilots
The CAA say any UK military pilots relying on exemptions need to do their ATPL exams with them and their flight tests etc at ATOs with UK CAA approvals
Can I swap if I’ve already started with UK CAA?
Yes, but you will lose your UK CAA passes and will be starting again with Austro
If I have already started doing my exams with the UK CAA and wish to swap to Austro Control do I have to wait for my 18 months to run out before I start with Austro Control?
No, this is a UK specific ruling and so cannot be applied when starting in another state.
What are the benefits of sitting my exams with Austro Control?
Aside from the obvious cost and convenience. The benefit is that you are keeping your options open to the possibility of gaining an EASA licence, should the UK become a non-EASA state and there being no process of recognition/conversion of UK licenses to EASA licenses.
Are the exams with Austro Control going to continued to be offered at Bristol Groundschool after Brexit?
Yes, it will continue for the foreseeable future, whatever happens with Brexit.
Is the process the same for conversion students?
The conversion students can use the same application form without the need to fill in point 3 on the form.