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Automatic validation of UK EASA flight crew licences - CAP 1705

The CAA have published CAP 1705; Automatic validation of UK flight crew licences issued in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011 as amended.

In response to several ramp inspections outside the territory of the European Union (EU) Member States, when the flight crew members were found operating aircraft registered in a Member State other than the one that had issued their pilot licences, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has amended Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation to cater for automatic validation of licences through Regional Safety Oversight Organizations (RSOOs) agreements.

The ICAO Amendment 174 to Annex 1 - Personnel Licensing - enables, within a group of States, the automatic validation of licences issued by any State of the group when those States are party to a formal agreement under common licensing regulations. Such formal agreements can be implemented in various regions and improve the mobility of licensed personnel. It can be introduced with the support of a regional safety oversight organization, as appropriate.

CAP 1705 states that those affected are all pilots holding a licence issued by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the UK), in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011 as amended, operating commercially for a European Operator, whose aircraft are on the register of an EU Member State which is also a member of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

However, as 'Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1065 of 27 July 2018 amending Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011' does not limit the ICAO amendment to commercial operation only, Nick Wilcock contacted the CAA on behalf of AOPA UK to ask for clarification concerning private flights operated under the same circumstances. For example, if the holder of a UK-issued PPL flew a Spanish registered aircraft to Morocco, or a German registered aircraft to Norway.

The CAA's reply was that if you consider that you are likely to operate under such circumstances, you are recommended to download and print off this form and to keep it with your pilot licence.

As of the 19th August 2018, the Civil Aviation Authority will print an additional remark on all EASA Part-FCL licences that it subsequently issues, stating at Section XIII “This licence is automatically validated as per the ICAO attachment to this licence”.

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