As 2011 is approaching does anybody agree that a photo style licence is overdue?
My very fist CAA licence (1974) contained a photograph, so did the replacement in 1979 however; by 1989 the photo had been dropped. Photo licences were accepted for entry into the UK in lieu of a passport however; when the Home Office ceased to accept this as an entry document, the photo was no longer included in the licence.
The GA apron at Liverpool has had a recent visit from the Department of Transport and they have demanded that all staff are issued with security passes and all pilots visiting there shared or owned aircraft carrie there pilots licences as id, All the money that Peeles have to spend on new gates, fences, intercom systems, etc...
I just had my passport renewed with those new fangled biometric photos which included all sorts of positioning and lighting requirements.... as I look like one of the living dead in it I have to disagree with chris-h
As a professional mariner, my Certificate of Competency (License), looks identical to a passport with all the limitations printed inside, and a photo page. Easy to keep in a pocket when its the same size as the passport, and something to be proud of. It looks very British. Then I have the big chunky pilots license with only 3 out of the 10 sleeves used. A photo card or something similar to my CoC would be much preferred.
the German pilot's licence had a photo up until JAR-FCL came along. I think it should continue to have one. It's always fun to look at how someone looked like way-back-when... unless the photo has to be updated alond with each renewal