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Prepare to work and operate in the European aviation sector after Brexit

What you need to do to work and operate in the aviation industry after the UK leaves the EU.

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Requirements for aviation businesses operating in Europe after the UK leaves the EU

Aerospace businesses, airlines and aviation personnel may need new or changed certification, licences and documentation to design, produce, maintain and operate aircraft between the UK and the EU, EEA and Switzerland.

When the UK leaves the EU, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will take over many functions currently performed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in relation to aviation safety approvals and certifications.

Aviation personnel safety licences

Personnel working in the aviation industry may need to take action to ensure they continue to hold appropriate safety certificates in a no-deal Brexit. This applies to the operation of aircraft registered in any EASA member state. Actions required would depend on individual circumstances. Each business and individual should consider the possible actions for:

Airline operating licences and certificates

Holders of airline operating licences and air operator’s certificates (AOC) would need to take action to ensure they can continue to operate in and out of the UK and the EU. Actions required would depend on individual circumstances. Each business and individual should consider the possible actions for:

  • flight operations permissions, approvals, variations and exemptions (PAVEs)
  • market access
  • national and UK AOC
  • operational, route and air transport licences
  • ownership and control requirements of UK and EU airlines
  • requirements for passenger information
  • security arrangements for cargo and mail carriers and supply chain entities
  • security screening arrangements for passengers transferring between flights at EU airports
  • third country operators (Part-TCO)
  • wet-leasing aircraft
  • applying for a foreign carrier permit
  • declared entities
  • drones

Aircraft certification

Aerospace design, production and maintenance organisations might need to take action to ensure they continue to hold appropriate safety certificates. Actions required would depend on individual circumstances. Each business and individual should consider the possible actions for:

Airports

The certificates issued to airports by the CAA would remain valid if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Airports and aerodromes should be largely unaffected by the changes to the safety regulatory regime.

Prepare for possible aviation changes

Register for updates on GOV.UK and via the CAA notification system.

Consider the possible Brexit actions outlined by the CAA

More about possible aviation changes

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Published 14 January 2019