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 caa logo  UK Civil Aviation Authority proposes streamlined licensing system for GA Pilots

The CAA is working to simplify the licensing process for the general aviation community as part of its General Aviation Pilot Licensing and Training Simplification project. AOPA have been fully engaged with this project.

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

Reform of the system was a high priority for the general aviation community when asked by the UK Civil Aviation Authority and this signals a major step closer to delivering on those wishes.

Michael Macdonald, Head of General Aviation at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said:

“To all pilots, the licence they hold is incredibly important. 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.”

Following the completion of CAP2335 – General Aviation (GA) Pilot Licensing & Training Simplification Phase 1CAP2335 – General Aviation (GA) Pilot Licensing & Training Simplification Phase 1 in Spring 2023, the CAA are now publishing a suite of five consultation papers setting out the detailed direction for licenses and ratings across the GA aircraft categories:

Aeroplanes including Microlights 

Balloons and Airships 


Helicopters and Gyroplanes 

The consultations will be open for 10 weeks and will close on the 22 May 2024.