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Non-Commercial Flights - 3rd Country Licenses & 3rd Country Registrations.

The CAA have published Information Notice IN 2016/036 which may be of interest to individuals using Third Country Licences for Non-Commercial Flights in Aircraft Registered in a Third Country and individuals using Third Country Licences for Non-Commercial Flights in Aircraft Registered in the United Kingdom.

It is reproduce in full below. Please take note of paragraph 2.3.

1 Introduction

1.1 This IN is intended to notify publication of ORS4 No. 1163 “UK Licence Validation Requirements for Holders of ICAO Annex 1 Flight Crew Licences” which provides a general exemption from the requirements of Annex III to Regulation (EU) No. 1178/2011.

1.2 Due to pressure on the EU legislative programme, there has been a delay in the actions necessary to permit the UK CAA to extend the derogation from Annex III to Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1178/2011, which expires on 8 April 2016.  The UK has therefore issued a general exemption, under Article 14(4) of Regulation (EC) No. 216/2008 for the period 8 April – 7 May 2016, in the terms outlined below.  After this period, European Legislation will be in place permitting the UK to derogate from Annex III to Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1178/2011 into 2017.

2 Scope

2.1 The Civil Aviation Authority, on behalf of the United Kingdom, pursuant to article 14(4) of Regulation (EC) No. 216/2008, has exempted any holder of a pilot  licence issued by a third country in compliance with the requirements of Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention who intends to operate a non-commercial flight in an aircraft registered in a Third Country from the requirements of paragraph A of Annex III to Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1178/2011. 

2.2 The Civil Aviation Authority, on behalf of the United Kingdom, pursuant to article 14(4) of Regulation (EC) No. 216/2008, has also exempted any holder of a pilot licence issued by a third country in compliance with the requirements of Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention who intends to operate a non-commercial flight in an aircraft registered in the United Kingdom, from the requirements of paragraph A of Annex III to Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1178/2011.

2.3 The exemptions outlined at 2.1 and 2.2 above are restricted to UK airspace. Individuals and operators are responsible for ensuring that, if a flight will enter  non-UK airspace, the competent authority for that airspace has enacted provisions which ensure that the flight will be legal.  The Exemption is published as part of the Civil Aviation Authority’s Official Record Series 4, “UK Licence Validation Requirements for Holders of ICAO Annex 1 Flight Crew Licences”,  dated 8 April 2016.

3 Queries

3.1 Any queries or requests for further guidance as a result of this communication should be addressed to:

ISP
Civil Aviation Authority
2W, Aviation House
Gatwick Airport
RH6 0YR 
E-mail: ISPTechnicalSupportTeam@caa.co.uk 

4 Cancellation

4.1 This Information Notice will remain in force until 7 May 2016.

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