Start now on the Civil Aviation Authority
You need a licence from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to be an aircraft maintenance engineer.
There are 2 types of licence:
- European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 66 (for working on EASA aircraft)
- UK National British Civil Airworthiness Requirements (BCAR) Section L (for working on UK National Annex 2 aircraft, also known as ‘non-EASA’)
What you can do
You can, if you have a licence, issue:
- maintenance review certificates
- certificates of release for repairs, replacements, modifications, maintenance, overhauls and inspections
- certificates of fitness for flight
Licences last for 5 years and can be renewed. The CAA will make sure you’re still a fit and proper person to hold the licence.
Fines and penalties
You could be fined up to £2,500 if you do work for which you’re unlicensed.