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Brexit Notice: Personnel Licensing

01 Jan 2021

Important information on licences and training from the UK

The transition period in effect since the UK left the European Union has ended. The UK has left the EU Single Market and Customs Union, as well as all EU policies and international agreements. The UK is a third country.

On 24 December 2020, the European Commission reached an agreement with the United Kingdom on the terms of its future cooperation with the European Union. This agreement is provisionally applicable since 1 January 2021. 

In the agreement, Article AVSAF.3 identifies that Personnel Licensing will be an area where the Parties may cooperate. At this time, there are no agreements or associated Annexes in place between the EU and the UK in this area. Licensing and Training under the oversight of the UK CAA is now considered as third country licensing and training. 

More information on the impact on Aviation Licensing and Training of the UK leaving the EU may be viewed here.

Holders of UK issued Part-FCL licences may not change their Competent Authority to Ireland since 23:00 Irish Time on 31 December 2020. 

Valid original applications received prior to that will be processed, however significant processing times should be expected. Applicants should familiarise themselves with the submission deadlines published by the UK CAA here. The UK CAA also issues updates via Skywise.

Note that the IAA set 4 September 2020 as the administrative cut-off for receipt of applications.

Applicants should note that applications that have not completed prior to Brexit may no longer be valid within the EU. Please refer to the guidance documentation issued by the EU Commission here