• If you are the holder of a current and valid licence, rating and medical, you may exercise the private privileges of your ICAO licence/certificate in UK if you have declared to us and your licence has been verified directly by the issuing Authority airspace until you need to convert to a European licence.

    The airspace of the States of Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man, whilst Crown Dependencies, are excluded from the area considered UK airspace.

    Private privileges here mean that the pilot cannot be remunerated or do aerial work for example.

    As an ICAO licence holder, your privileges on G-registered aircraft are restricted to day VFR regardless of the medical held, as stated in ORS4 no.1228.

    Due to the BASA negotiations, the terms offered vary depending on whether your licence/certificate is issued by the FAA or another 3rd country ICAO country.

    FAA Certificate holders in current flying practise with a valid IR flying N-registered aircraft may continue to exercise IFR privileges in UK Airspace. 

  • Whether you have already declared or have yet to make a declaration to the CAA, the same process applies as detailed below:

    • Be in current flying practice on the class or type of aircraft you wish to fly in UK airspace
    • Reside permantly in the United Kingdom
    • Purely flying for pleasure, private flying, no remuneration, no Part-NCC aircraft (complex motor-powered aircraft), no instruction or examination
    • Meet the requirements of, complete and submit forms SRG2140 and SRG2142.  There is a fee associated with SRG2142, more information can be found in the hyperlinks at the bottom of this page

    You must retain the declaration you have made to the CAA.  Once you have received email confirmation from the CAA, you can fly in UK airspace. Please note the expiry date of your declaration is stated on your confirmation email from the CAA.

    The declaration cannot be renewed. You will need to re-apply should your declaration expire before the BASA agreement is finalised.

    From April 2019, the applicant's assessment knowledge of Part FCL Air Law and ATC procedures must be conducted by a UK examiner.

    This declaration allows the holder to fly for a maximum of 28 days per year. If you come to the UK every year and wish to fly for pleasure, you will have to follow this process every year.

    • Be in current flying practice on the class or type of aircraft you wish to fly in UK airspace- an acclimatisation flight must be conducted 

    • Purely flying for pleasure, private flying, no remuneration, no Part-NCC aircraft (complex motor-powered aircraft), no instruction or examination

    • Meet the requirements of, complete and submit forms SRG2141 and SRG2142.  There is a fee associated with SRG2142, more information can be found in the hyperlinks at the bottom of this page

    You must retain the declaration you have made to the CAA.  Once you have received email confirmation from the CAA, you can fly in UK airspace. Please note the expiry date of your declaration is stated on your confirmation email from the CAA.

    The declaration cannot be renewed. You will need to re-apply should your declaration expire before the BASA agreement is finalised.

    From April 2019, the applicant's acclimatisation flight must be conducted by a UK examiner.

  • Your licence will either need to be validated (short term) or be converted into a European licence under the Part-FCL regulations if you wish to:

    • exercise more than private privileges
      or
    • do a specific activity such as aerial photography
      or
    • fly complex powered aircraft which fall under Part-NCC
      or
    • ferry an aircraft under IFR
      or
    • any other specialist activity

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