Under which conditions can a holder of a UK issued pilot licence operate an aircraft registered in an EASA Member State?
After December 31, 2020, holders of Part-FCL licence previously issued by the UK CAA cannot be longer considered holders of a Part-FCL licence issued in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 subject to mutual recognition within the EASA Member States. Such licenses are considered as third-country licences in the EU after that date.
If a pilot was not able to transfer his/her license to an EASA Member State before January 01, 2021, the pilot still has an option to convert a UK-issued license into a Part-FCL licence in accordance with Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/723 laying down detailed rules regarding the acceptance of third-country certification of pilots.
In accordance with that Delegated Regulation, an EASA Member State may issue Part-FCL licences to applicants who already hold an equivalent licence, rating, privilege or certificate issued in accordance with Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention by a third country, provided that those applicants comply with certain additional requirements and taking account of any credit based on a recommendation from an approved training organisation or a declared training organisation under oversight of an EASA Member State or EASA.