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Operation of "EASA Aircraft"

Ireland has availed of an "Opt-out" which grants holders of third country licences certain permissions under Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 (as amended). 

The exemption allows a pilot holding a licence and associated medical issued by a third country involved in the non-commercial operation of aircraft as specified in Article 2(1)(b), points (i) or (ii), of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 to continue to operate in non-commercial operations on the said aircraft and with the said licence and associated medical until 20 June 2022.

Further extensions to this derogation are not expected.

The IAA has published Aeronautical Notice P28 to notify stakeholders of the exemption. Note that the derogation in P28 expires on 20 June 2022. Please see PLAM 036 for more information.

Pilots availing of this exemption shall be subject to the restrictions outlined in article 5(10) of S.I. No. 333/2000 - Irish Aviation Authority (Personnel Licensing) Order, 2000.

An agreement has been reached between the United States of America and the European Union on Cooperation in the Regulation of Civil Aviation Safety (the Agreement) with its Pilot Licensing Annex (Annex 3 of the TIP-L Agreement) which permits reliance on each other’s licensing and oversight systems, within the scope of the Annex. More information on this may be viewed here, on the EASA website and from the FAA.

Operation of Annex I* aircraft.

Please refer to Aeronautical Notice P21 - Acceptance of Flight Crew Licences

Please complete this form to make the notification.

P21 Notification (

Remember a notification is valid for a maximum of 1 year. You are responsible to monitor the time elapsed since a notification was lodged.

Please note that a LAPL Licence is not an ICAO Annex 1 compliant licence and such licences issued by the UK CAA are subject to the requirements of AN P21.

*Annex I of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2018 on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency, and amending Regulations (EC) No 2111/2005, (EC) No 1008/2008, (EU) No 996/2010, (EU) No 376/2014 and Directives 2014/30/EU and 2014/53/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, and repealing Regulations (EC) No 552/2004 and (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Council Regulation (EEC) No 3922/91.