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Old 10th May 2021, 09:34
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EASA-to-UK pilot licence conversion

Hi all,

Had a look around around PPRuNe but I couldn't find any info regarding waiting times for those of us who have EASA licences and have applied for a UK National ATPL. I applied around a month ago and wanted to know if anyone has received or heard anything further after applying?
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Old 10th May 2021, 10:27
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In February, you posted you had converted from UKCAA to IAA, and now you are (permanently) going back to CAA? Surely just downloading the UK validation of the EASA IAA licence would be preferable? Are any UK employers insisting on conversion to a UK licence? I think I would decline the job offer if they did, at least until there is some clarity on mutual recognition. I was offered a job before Brexit with a UK operator and asked them if I would need to convert to CAA, and they said "God, no - hold fire on that"!
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No, The CAA stated that its possible to hold both licences simultaneously. I intend to keep an EASA and have applied for a UK ATPL. My company is covering all costs…
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Nice. I'd be interested to hear how you get on. When I did the conversion to UKCAA, start to finish was less than a month, so it looks like you have a hold up on one side or the other (I aborted the process just before completion as I decided not to join the UK airline, and stay where I was). I do wonder though that if as you say, the UK are ok with it, the IAA aren't, and they're waiting for you to SOLI out?
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Just about to start this process. It’s not an issue with NAA as you’re not looking to SOLI out, but gain a UK licence alongside an EASA one. This from the CAA:Processing time Once the CAA is in receipt of your application, this will be added to the workflow and processed in strict date order. Due to the nature of this application process, in conjunction with the two-year recognition period, it will not be bound by our standard SLA.

Following the initial assessment, a request will be sent to your EU NAA for verification of the EASA Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL licence, and for confirmation of any current enforcement or revocation action.

Only once we are in receipt of the verification, and your UK medical has been issued, a UK Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL will be issued.

As this application requires that your EASA licence details are verified by the EU NAA that issued your non-UK Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL licence, we are reliant on the cooperation and turnaround of the other authority.

And I’m not expecting it to be quick!
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So they’re asking for the EASA authority to verify the licence that the U.K. CAA initially issued? Seems odd and an increase of their workload for no reason. But their train set I guess.
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They don't do it for free!
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Old 10th May 2021, 16:00
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Applied in April. Not a word.. My experience of the SOLI was that the IAA were pretty good and the UK CAA dreadful. Having also got an FAA license the IAA did that verification within 24 hours of FAA request. I am confident the delay is down to the UK CAA not asking yet. The UK CAA now take the money with no information on times scales while stating it gets complicated if the original UK issued certificates they want to still be within date come up for a EASA revalidation. Fearing the worst for this "streamlined process". Meanwhile I continue to conduct LPC's on UK license holders as an EASA TRE while waiting for the UK CAA to reissue the licenses they issued and still have on their records.
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I have converted my EASA ATPL to UK CAA on last year end. It tooks me more than 2 months to get everything done including postage. I applied on October 2020 and I received my UK licence on Dec. It was a fair process apart from getting verification of initial licence from issue state as it tooks almost one month.
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I've had my application in for a month so far (online portal) The UKCAA have always been a nightmare ,I have gone to Luxembourg for my EASA a breath of fresh air cheaper licence and fees and a human response to emails and calls with a usual 24 hour response time.
The UK have to ask for verification in case you have added or renewed anything ,why they just cant issue our licence as it was when SOLI'd out and then deal with renewals and the like I don't know it would be much simpler, the UK admin fees are disgusting aswell the same price as a new licence application. I would not bother applying but my present company requested to make it easier for LPC's ect . If I get a Licence issued by the end of the summer I would class that as expediated by UK CAA standards.
I'm still waiting for a refund after another licence issue let down from 12 months ago.
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Old 14th May 2021, 16:40
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Obtaining a CAA license if the EASA license was obtained after 2020

Hello all. So I am currently working towards my EASA fATPL and I am hoping to finish this in August. The license I will obtain will be a Spanish license and it will be under EASA. As a UK citizen I also want to obtain a UK CAA license. I was wondering if anyone would be able to advise me on this process? I would only be looking to obtain and hold both simultaneously, rather than giving one up and holding the other. I have heard information which is contradictory on the matter. I have heard that BGS is a good place to do the theory (In my case I would have to do three exams). I was wondering if anyone knows about the practical side of the matter? The skill tests and added hours if any? If anyone has gone through this process and knows a good school to do this/work with please post here.
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Old 14th May 2021, 18:57
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The UK CAA will accept your EASA ATO signing you off for the extra 3 exams. They will also recognise your flight training at the EASA ATO, you may need to be careful about the skills tests. If you can get them done with an examiner approved by both your EASA State and the UK CAA you should get away with one test, two bits of paper.
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Can you apply so you hold both a UK ATPL and an EASA ATPL? When I worked in the UK in the past I did it on my EASA licence without any problems. Now with Brexit, is it possible to hold both even if I never had a UK CAA ATPL before? From what I understand on the CAA webpage, the validation will only be valid up to Dec 2022 and if you try to convert to hold licences from both authorities. It will only be accepted if you held a UK licence in the past? Am I wrong on this bit?
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Old 18th May 2021, 14:39
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Yes. Copy and paste from CAA for form SRG2158. Second para applies. What is this form for?
This form is used by flight crew to apply for a UK Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL Licence and/or examiner/instructor licensing certificate, when either:

•The applicant previously held a UK issued EASA Part-FCL Licence and/or examiner/instructor licensing certificate which was transferred to another EASA member state which issued their current Part-FCL Licence and/or examiner/instructor licensing certificate prior to the end of the EU-UK transition period on 31 December 2020, or

•The applicant has not previously held a UK issued Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL Licence and/or examiner/instructor licensing certificate which was transferred to another EASA member state prior to the end of the EU-UK transition period on 31 December 2020, but they do hold a Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL licence and/or examiner/instructor licensing certificate whose date of initial issue by an EU state is prior to 1st January 2021.


CAA webpage:

https://www.caa.co.uk/Commercial-ind...alent-licence/

Also

https://www.caa.co.uk/uploadedFiles/...%20Holders.pdf

I’ve just started down this road as a previous UK licence holder. Amazingly I found the form quite simple, the equivalent medical form less so. Let’s see how long it takes for the licence issue!

Good luck!

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Old 18th May 2021, 20:19
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Good to hear all this! Thanks.
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Old 20th May 2021, 16:17
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Think I'm going to apply for the UK ATPL while the window is open to have both. My EASA AME is also UK registered - so hopefully one medical check every few years will cover both sign offs...
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If anyone receives any news then please can you give us a heads up. Cheers!
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Old 21st May 2021, 11:45
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Had email from UK CAA saying they were now processing mine and awaiting verification from my new EASA state ,Still some grey area on whether they require another medical, my old UK medical before SOLI last year is still valid I transferred records to new authority but kept my old certificate, My new authority was happy for me to use this until it expires. I checked online portal and now all ID documents and licence certified copy have been checked, Also my old medical so fingers crossed.
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Old 24th May 2021, 11:08
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Just a heads up...

So I applied on the 1st April for the UK CAA ATPL licence. I was previously a UK licence holder but like with the many, transferred over to the IAA. The process is currently very slow. As mentioned above by "deltahotel", the application is fairly pain free, however the medical form states that you need to provide all your medical history since I SOLI'd to the IAA. I questioned this with the CAA as I personally had no medical records other than an ECG. The CAA Medical Dept. said to me "just send in what you have"....so I did!? A few weeks later, I then got an e-mail stating that I needed to send them everything otherwise they'll cancel my application!! So thankfully my AME sent me through everything (Class one medicals, audiograms and ECG) which thankfully the CAA subsequently approved.. (So word of advice, grab all your medical history post leaving the UK CAA before sending the form - even though we are paying the CAA £105 for what, I am not sure...!?) The medical department then transfer approval of your medical to the FCL department who in turn verify the documents and then write to the appropriate authority. As mentioned, mine is the IAA - who in turn charge 75 Euros to provide verification to the CAA. The IAA request you fill out their document to say you are happy for the IAA to provide your details to the CAA. <Maybe I should set up my own licencing authority as this is where the money is>. Once the CAA have heard back, then I believe this is the last stage!! (I hope).

Still yet to receive the blue shiny licence with no valid ratings in it as I have no job but fingers crossed I get it soon.

Good luck to you all....
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Old 24th May 2021, 11:19
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Well, you’re ahead of me - beyond an acknowledgement of my application nothing yet. Fortunately not crucial to employment at the moment so relatively unstressful. Didn’t realise the IAA would get involved especially as I’m still working on the original CAA AoCs!

Again - good luck all
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