UK says EASA will not recognise all UK CAA approvals and certificates after no-deal Brexit

UK says EASA will not recognise all UK CAA approvals and certificates after no-deal Brexit

A report issued by the UK government says that European Aviation Safety Agency will no longer automatically recognise all aviation safety certificates and approvals issued by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) if there is a no-deal Brexit on October 31.

It says that UK CAA will take on some of the roles of EASA and that the UK will stop participating in committees like EASA or the European Medicines Agency. The UK had been a key member of EASA since it was created in 2002.

The 155 page No-Deal Readiness Report published today has fewer than two pages of guidance for aerospace companies.

The government says that aerospace companies should obtain authorisations and certificates from EASA directly. Without these some parts will not be able to be used on EASA-registered aircraft.

The EU has adopted Regulation 2019/494 on aviation safety as part of its no-deal planning. The UK government says that this means that: “Certain certificates issued by the CAA before 1 November 2019 will remain valid – this includes production, maintenance, and airworthiness review certificates, and covers parts installed on aircraft or stored in warehouses across the EU. This means parts that have been produced by UK manufacturers will continue their validity across the EU.”

It adds: “The validity of certain aviation safety certificates will be extended, to allow the CAA and EASA sufficient time to issue the necessary certificates to manufacturers. These certificates will remain valid for nine months after Brexit. This covers various Type Certificates, Design Organisation Approvals and European Technical Standard Orders (ETSO).”

The report says that the UK has “retained and applied the technical rules and standards of EU aviation safety legislation in domestic law.” It will also recognise aviation safety certificates issued by EASA (or the aviation authority of EASA member) as if they were issued by the CAA for a period of two years.” At the end of two years it will require the UK CAA to issue the certificates.

It now looks likely that the UK’s new proposed withdrawal agreement has been rejected by the European Union. Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister, has vowed that the UK will leave the EU on October 31 with or without a deal. However, the UK Parliament has passed an Act requiring him to ask for a three-month extension if no deal is agreed.