UK CAA goes digital with pilot licensing.

The UK CAA is going digital with it's new online licensing system the "e-Licensing Portal". the system is due to go live for commercial pilots in December 2017 and private pilots will follow throughout 2018

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This is not the only change, the counter service at the CAA's Gatwick office will now offer a new Fast Track appointment service starting on the 11 of December replacing the current same day counter service. The New fast track appointment service will allow licence holders to plan ahead and book appointments up to one month in advance, subject to availability. The latest you can book a next day appointment is 15:00 on the day prior to your appointment.


How to book an appointment and how much does it cost?

Appointments can be made by telephone from the 27th of November 2017. Lines are open from 08:30 - 16:30 GMT Monday to Friday.

Telephone number: 0330 022 1922 or +44330 022 1922

Price: £100.00


In person checking Service appointment & Fee

The CAA have stated that separate appointments will be available for applicants who require support or Checking Service for applications delivered in person however I find this service a little odd at the CAA state "The CAA will be unable to answer specific licensing quires via this service?" All licensing queries should be e-mailed to fclweb@caa.co.uk

Appointments can be made by telephone from the 27th of November 2017. Lines are open from 08:30 - 16:30 GMT Monday to Friday.

Telephone number: 0330 022 1922 or +44330 022 1922

Price: £25.00


New same day service & Fee

When the new service is launched, licence holders who require a same day service or who have a checking service requirement must book an appointment. If you visit CAA's aviation house at Gatwick without an appointment you may be able to secure an appointment subject to availability and agreement to pay the increased fee.

Licence application fee: £200.00

Checking Service: £50.00


Applications available for Fast-Track include the following:

  • Conversion to EASA licences from UK/JAR licences
  • Addition of a type or class rating to a flight crew licence
  • Renewal of a type or class rating to a flight crew licence
  • Removal of a restriction from a flight crew licence
  • Revalidation or Renewal of a flight crew licence
  • Change of address
  • Addition of a Night Rating
  • Addition of an Instructor Rating
  • Addition of Instrument Rating (not including the Competency Based route)
  • Removal of restrictions from the Instructor Rating
  • Replacement licence

Please note if you are making an application on the basis of an ICAO licence, you will need to make an application for a Third Country Verification (application form SRG2142) and the UK CAA will need to have received the Verification before we can process your counter application.


CAA counter service to close from

20th November - 8th of December 2017

Should any pilot have an urgent requirement to add a rating to their licence during this period please use a TLC (temporary licence certificate) to maintain validity. Applications must be submitted via the new channels at the earliest opportunity.

TLC Link - www.caa.co.uk/srg1100 

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