We have heard many rumours about the Brexit and its impact on the aviation business, however we have still not seen something like such a statement: whatever has been previously done by the CAA-UK, will no longer be considered valid by the EU. Sounds it weird? well this is what a letter of the European Commission dated 13 April 2018 seems to say.

Let us recap about the Brexit: as far as we know, the UK will leave the EU the 30th of March 2019, which is the current official date of the so called Brexit.
The European Union will then lose one of its respectable member, reducing its “club” from 28 to 27 members.

I was truly convinced by the fact that nobody would have tried to dare with predictions until the negotiations between the EU and the UK were still on-going but I had to change my mind after reading this “Notice to stakeholders” issued by the European Commission (something higher than the EASA, I mean).


Such a document depicts the Brexit related legal consequences on the EU aviation rules and believe me, there are things that might require some business to make its due-diligence before it is too late.

Few examples:

It really seems that Type Certificates for products (such an Engine) issued by the EASA to holders located in the UK, will no longer be valid in the EU as of the withdrawal date.

Maybe this is why Rolls Royce is considering relocating the technical department in charge of approving its engines in Germany, to make sure it remains within the legislation of the EASA.

Moreover, Design Organizations (Part 21/J) certified by EASA in the UK will not be recognized anymore. Not only Rolls Royce but BAE Systems will also be affected, along with many others.

The same will happen to Maintenance Organizations (Part 145), Maintenance Training Organizations (Part 147) and Production Organizations (Part 21/G), so watch out !

EASA Form 1 issued  by legal and natural persons certified by the competent authorities of the UK will not be valid any longer, unless they are referring to parts or appliances which have already been installed before the Brexit onto aircraft with a valid Certificate of Airworthiness issued prior to the withdrawal date by any EU27 National Authority (therefore, not by the UK).

So better you to check whether you still have some UK-CAA Form 1 part in your store.

The document also clarifies that the UK Aircraft Operators will need to be “approved” in order to fly the EU airspace. Furthermore, the Certificates of Airworthiness, the Pilot Licenses and the Certificate of Air Operators issued before the withdrawal by the CAA UK, will no longer be valid.

It really looks like an hard Brexit, isn’t it? but the one described in the document of the DG Mobility & Transport may just be the description of an initial situation before a transition period where further discussions may still lead to a better agreement. Perhaps something like the one which is for example in place between Switzerland and EU.

If not, things may get really complicated and in any case, better you to know what may be.

If you want to learn more, have a close look to the original document this article is based on (here). In the website of the “Directorate General for Mobility and Transport” (here the link), a dedicated Brexit section will provide you with all the further information that have been made public up to now.

From the UK side the CAA-UK stated its willingness to be part of the EASA in this feedback to the above mentioned Notice to Stakeholders / ref: http://www.caa.co.uk/Our-work/Newsroom/Hot-topics/

Let us wait and see.