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Aviation: EU Countries

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 16254, tabled on 15 June 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the European Union Aviation Safety Agency System on young trainees in the aviation industry who want to (a) undertake training and (b) obtain relevant qualifications in Europe; and whether the Government has come to a reciprocal agreement on recognition of (i) flight crew licenses and (ii) medical certificates with the EU.

Answered on

23 June 2021

The CAA have published information about the impact of leaving EASA on training organisations and trainees on their EU Exit Microsite. Trainees undertaking or considering commencing a course of training are recommended to contact their training organisation to understand what approvals the organisation holds and intends to seek. UK Approved Training Organisations may need to decide whether they wish to retain a national approval and also seek an European Aviation Safety Agency approval, in order to allow students to train for an EU licence and obtain an EU licence.

In terms of reciprocal agreements with the EU, following EU Exit, the UK and EU agreed a high-level Aviation Safety Agreement, with an annex on Airworthiness.