1.1 The United Kingdom has given notice of its ceasing to be a member of the European Union. Although much remains uncertain, the UK could leave on 31st October 2019. The current draft agreement between the UK and the EU includes a 2-year transition period during which certain arrangements will continue to apply but it is uncertain whether that agreement will come into effect. While the future relationship between the UK and the EU, including the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), remains unclear at present, this Circular aims to provide guidance and information. Although the situation may change at short notice, the general principles set out below will apply.
1.2 Although the Territories have never been full members of the EU, there will be some effect on Territory operators, and individuals and organisations who rely on holding EASA licences and approvals.
1.3 The UK Civil Aviation Authority has published guidance on its website https://info.caa.co.uk/eu-exit/ which holders of CAA-issued approvals, licences and certifications should consult. Generally, the CAA is continuing to recognise EASA-issued documents during the transition period of up to two years but it is less clear whether reciprocal arrangements will apply.
1.4 Under the OTAR system, the general principle will be to continue to recognise EASA approvals where they are currently accepted and to accept UK CAA equivalent approvals as well if it becomes necessary for the CAA to issue them outside the EASA framework. This is described in respect of particular requirements below. Once future arrangements become clearer, amendments to some OTAR Parts will be made to take account of this approach.