CAA Exams

Austro Control Info & Bookings

Austro Control exams have been disrupted by COVID-19. 

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To keep candidates and staff safe, we require anyone sitting exams at BGS to follow our updated Terms and Conditions, as well as our social distancing measures. Please read them here.


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

What will it mean for me?

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 dates below.

To keep candidates and staff safe, we require anyone sitting exams at BGS to follow our updated Terms and Conditions, as well as our social distancing measures. Please read them here.

2020

August 17, 18 & 19 – Going ahead as planned

September 21, 22, 23 & 24

October 19, 20 & 21 

November 16, 17 & 18 

December 14, 15 & 16

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

  1. Download the relevant application:
    ATPL (A) Application
    ATPL (A) Conversion Application
    ATPL & CPL (H) Application
  2. a) ATPL A, ATPL & CPL H Application – Complete pages 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 pages 1 and 2 of the form electronically (not by hand) and then e-mail directly to Austro Control – examinations@austrocontrol.at

  3. Scan and email the completed form to info@bristol.gs.

  4. Proceed to the booking page below.

Bristol Groundschool students are given priority when booking Austro Control exams, the system is released to non BGS students for booking exams 6 weeks before the exam dates. For non BGS students who have already booked their exams with us these bookings are confirmed.

Please note a new application is required for each set of exam bookings (of the same 10 consecutive days) – ATPL (A), ATPL(H) and CPL(H). This does not apply to Conversion applications.

ECQB 06 or ECQB 2020?

During the booking process, if you are asked which syllabus to use please select ECQB 06.

ECQB 2020 is a syllabus that will become mandatory for those taking their first exams after the end of December 2020 (on the current timeline). It is an option before that date, available only to candidates who have been taught to that syllabus by their ATO from the start of their studies. Assuming that the timeline does not change again we will start teaching new customers only to the 2020 syllabus around August 2020. Anyone who has taken a first exam on the current syllabus (ECQB 06) will stay on that syllabus until they are finished.

For further details please visit our 2020 syllabus web page.

Booking Page

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


How much do the exams cost?

Costs & Terms
The fees are £65 per exam. Bookings, changes & cancellations must be made 8 working days before the start of the exam week. That is the Wednesday a week and a half prior to the start of the exam week, not Thursday or Friday.

In summary:
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.

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.