Is there a difference between UK issued PPL and UK issued LAPL regarding their recognition for the purpose of flying on aircraft registered in an EASA Member State?
After the December 31, 2020, the UK Part FCL licences (both PPL and LAPL), issued by the UK CAA in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 are no longer recognised as Part FCL licence for the purpose of flying on aircraft registered in an EASA Member State.
In order to continue to exercise the privileges associated with those UK issued licences they should have been transferred to an EASA Member State before January 1, 2021. Alternatively, as of January 1, 2021, UK issued PPL licences may be temporarily validated or converted into Part FCL licenses upon application submitted to an EASA Member State under Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 2020/723. As LAPL licence is not an ICAO compliant licence it cannot be validated or converted following the above-mentioned provisions