Flight crew licences for both Aeroplanes and Helicopters are covered under Overseas Territories Aviation Requirements (OTARs). For pilots, OTAR Part 61 is the relevant OTAR and includes requirements for Airline Transport Pilot's Licence (ATPL), Commercial Pilot's Licence (CPL) and Private Pilot's Licence (PPL). OTAR Part 63 covers Flight Engineer licences. Eligibility requirements and privileges for each type of licence and instructor ratings are included, together with detail on Type Ratings and Instrument Ratings.

The requirement for licensing of flight crew is contained in the Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order, principally Article 44, with additional information contained within Schedule 3 Licences.

There are seven categories of flight crew licence recognised within the Overseas Territories:

  • Air Transport Pilot Licence (aeroplane);
  • Air Transport Pilot Licence (helicopter);
  • Commercial Pilot Licence (aeroplane);
  • Commercial Pilot Licence (helicopter);
  • Private Pilot Licence (aeroplane);
  • Private Pilot Licence (helicopter);
  • Flight Engineer Licence.

Requirements for flight crew personnel licensing can be found in:

Licences are issued within the Overseas Territories only to holders of appropriate licences issued by other International Civil Aviation Organisation Contracting States.  Contact the relevant Overseas Territory Civil Aviation Department to find out which licences are issued.

Requirements for the validation of a flight crew licence can also be found in OTAR Parts 61 and 63. A validation enables a pilot to fly an Overseas Territory registered aircraft using a licence and medical certificate issued by another ICAO Contracting State.

Air Law Examinations

If sitting the exam in either the UK or at the Governor’s Office in Anguilla, the BVI or Montserrat the applicant must contact ASSI in the first instance to make the necessary arrangements at licensing@airsafety.aero. Please do not contact the Governors Offices directly.

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Apply for a flight crew validation certificate

Find out more about applying for the initial issue or renewal of a flight crew validation certificate.

Format of ASSI Issued Personnel Licensing Documents

This page provides guidance on the format of ASSI PEL documents, the use of digital signatures and the cessation of hard copy documentation.

Medical Certification and Approved Aeromedical Examiners

Find out more about medical issues for pilots including a list of approved medical examiners in the Overseas Territories.