Introduction The big question I am often asked as CFI and head of training at a UK ATO is “Should I get a UK or EASA licence?” My answer is always the same rather guarded “Well it depends” and here’s why. When the UK left the EU on 31 December 2020 we also left EASA, the body which wrote all the rules for flying. Rules of the air, medical, maintenance, licensing, everything. Each “department” was called Part Something so licensing was Part FCL standing for Flight Crew Licensing. Rules, rules, rules Existing UK EASA licences and new ones became UK
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As CFI and head of training at a busy ATO I have made a mental pie chart of how much time I spend on advising callers and customers. A major slice is the same thing. Currency and recency. The UK has many different pilot licences. Let's just stick to aeroplane ones for this briefing. NPPL (National Private Pilot Licence) This covers microlight and SSEA ratings and is UK only PPL (UK national) This is a non EASA UK pilot licence PPL (EASA) Your bog standard PPL PPL (UK part FCL) The 2021 version of the above ATPL See above! Let's
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