Extension to Use of National Licences to Fly EASA Aircraft
The CAA has announce an important policy change following the delay to EASA legislative processes. In effect this permits those pilots currently flying EASA aircraft within LAPL-level restrictions on national licences (UK PPL or NPPL) to continue to do so until 7 June 2018.
Pilots holding national licences issued before 8 April 2018, who cannot readily hold LAPL Medical Certificates, will be permitted to convert their licences to a LAPL using a Pilot Medical Declaration rather than a LAPL Medical Certificate.
The CAA have published the following Offcial Record Series documents:
http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/1260.pdf is a link to ORS4 No.1260, which replaces ORS4 No.1254 by enabling UK National pilot licence conversions (for pilot licences issued before 8 April 2018) to be converted to a LAPL under the terms of a Pilot Medical Declaration rather than the need for a LAPL Medical Certificate. This stems from discussions I have been having with the CAA before ORS4 No.1254 was first released. ORS4 No. 1260 also permits pilots operating under a PMD to fly within the territory of a Crown Dependency, but only for flights within that dependency and with its permission. Thus a pilot operating under a PMD will not be permitted to fly between the UK and a Crown Dependency (IoM / CI).
http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/1261.pdf is a link to ORS4 No.1261, which is a General Exemption in respect of the requirement for holders of pilot licences or certificates issued under the ANO 2016 to hold a Part-FCL pilot licence to operate a UK registered balloon, sailplane or powered sailplane with an EASA Certificate of Airworthiness.
http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/1262.pdf is a link to ORS4 No. 1262, which is General Exemption in respect of NPPL (A) holders with an SLMG class rating from the requirement to hold a Part-FCL Pilot Licence to operate a Touring Motor Glider (TMG) with an EASA Certificate of Airworthiness.
http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/1264.pdf is a link to ORS4 No. 1264, which permits holders of legacy national UK pilot licences to continue to fly EASA aircraft within LAPL-level privileges until 7th June 2018.
AOPA recommends that holders of a legacy national UK pilot licence who wish to fly EASA aircraft, within the associated restrictions of a PMD stated in ORS4 No.1260, should convert their licence to a LAPL without further delay.