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UK CAA Flight Crew Licensing Records

Old 29th Dec 2020, 07:33
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UK CAA Flight Crew Licensing Records

Does anyone know how long the UK CAA hold Flight Crew Licensing records for the issue of the UK PPL, CPL and ATPL and associated ratings or is there a time limit similar to that is applied in medicine, accounting or the law?

Secondly, how easy is this to request you records by a straight forward request to the UK CAA, or is it easier to request this information by a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request?

Finally on the subject of FOI, has anyone made other requests under FOI to the UK CAA and with what success?
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Old 29th Dec 2020, 10:01
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When I went to Gatwick for my initial issue Class 1 in 2006 the guy checking my eyesight used a microfiche to check the lantern test I took in 1982. Later on, the CAA sent me the microfiche for me to keep. I've no idea what dates it runs to as I can't read it, but presumably everything about me and the CAA up to a certain date are on it. I've still got my original PPL issued in 1983 but not all my medical certificates. Of course, I've still got all my log books showing a continuous record of flying including tests and in the old days, logbook signatures and stamps. I wish I'd kpept a more continuous record of medicals, as I don't think the CAA necessarily had a complete return from AMEs back when they just issued local certificates.

There was a period when the CAA hadn't a record of IMC renewals, so couldn't provide data relating to the current number of IMC-rated pilots to help with the safety case for keeping the rating. This has now been addressed as examiners now have to make a return on revalidation/renewal.

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Old 29th Dec 2020, 10:25
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When the CAA operated the Microfiche system, everything including scans of all past paper communications you had ever had with them in relation to a licence or medical was contained on that fiche. About 16 years ago the microfiche data was migrated into electronic (pdf) format and is now held in a large electronic pot. In theory they still have everything however; in the early stages of migration some of the tagging was not that good and I have heard that not everything comes out when they search.
If you ask for a copy of your records they are obliged to supply them.
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Old 29th Dec 2020, 11:37
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Seems like UK CAA need to computerise and update their records PDQ. means to sat pretty,,, quickly.
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