CAA launches huge consultation on pilot licensing proposals


The drive to simplify pilot licensing in the UK is coming to a head with the start of a huge consultation on proposals published today (Wednesday, 13 March 2024) by the CAA.

The changes include consolidating the number of licences on offer, reducing the number of examinations and changes to the class rating structure including requirements for maintenance of competence.

The proposals cover licensing for aeroplanes, sailplanes, helicopters, gyroplanes and balloons and airships.

Five consultations on different types of flying

Five consultations on different types of flying

Michael Macdonald, Head of General Aviation at the CAA, said, “We’re looking to simplify the system to make it easier for new pilots to choose their path in aviation, and for existing pilots to maintain and upgrade their licences, all whilst maintaining the UK’s world-class level of safety.

“Experts from the community have been involved throughout the development process of these measures, which we feel will really benefit those looking to gain licences in the UK.”

The consultation will be open for 10 weeks and will close on the 22 May 2024. Responses to the consultations is online via the active consultations page on the CAA website.

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