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Implementation of Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/539 Of 6 April 2016 (Amending Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011) as Regards Pilot Training, Testing and Periodic Licence Proficiency Checking For Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Privileges.

Article 4a - Performance-based navigation instrument rating privileges

1. Pilots may only fly in accordance with performance-based navigation (“PBN”) procedures after they have been granted PBN privileges as an endorsement to their instrument rating (“IR”).

The deadline for compliance by instrument rated pilots of the above regulation has been extended to 25 April 2021 (See AN P34).


Following that date, holders of an IR without a PBN endorsement may nor exercise the privileges of an IR.

Article 4a - Performance-based navigation instrument rating privileges

5. IR pilots without PBN privileges may only fly on routes and approaches that do not require PBN privileges and no PBN items shall be required for the renewal of their IR, until 25 August 2020*; after that date, PBN privileges shall be required for every IR.”

*extended to 25 April 2021 per above


Personnel Licensing Advisory Memorandum (PLAM) 009 - TITLE: PROCEDURES FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2016/539 OF 6 APRIL 2016 (AMENDING REGULATION (EU) NO 1178/2011) AS REGARDS PILOT TRAINING, TESTING AND PERIODIC LICENCE PROFICIENCY CHECKING FOR PERFORMANCE BASED NAVIGATION (PBN) PRIVILEGES available here, outlines the process required to attain a PBN endorsement. The associated form related to PBN may be accessed here.


Use of UK issued EASA LAPL or PPL licence without supporting Part MED medical Certificate


The UK CAA recently published an exemption (E 4655) relating to the requirement for holders of Part-FCL Private Pilot Licences and Light Aircraft Pilot Licences to hold an EASA Part-MED medical certificate when operating EASA aircraft.

This exemption does not apply to pilots flying in Ireland. Any holder of an UK issued EASA LAPL or PPL, who wishes to fly in Ireland, must be in possession of the appropriate valid EASA Part MED medical certificate.

Note that following the decision by the UK to leave  the EU Single Market and Customs Union, as well as all EU policies and international agreements, the UK is now a 3rd country.

UK licences do not enjoy mutual recognition of same as had been the case prior to the exit by the UK from the EU.



The "Aircrew" Regulation

NOTE: Since April 8th 2018, JAR-FCL pilot licences are no longer valid for use on EASA aircraft. JAR-FCL holders must contact their own State of Licence issue to discuss conversion arrangements. JAR-FCL licences may not be transferred in Ireland for issuance of a Part-FCL licence.

Please check the EASA website here regularly for links to the latest amendments to the Aircrew Regulation

EASA Member States


The latest list of EASA Member States can be viewed here


The relationship that other countries have with EASA can be seen here

The United Kingdom is now a Third Country. 

Other European countries such as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia have various relationships with EASA but are not EASA Member States and continue to be recognised as Third Countries.