Even though recently the EU has granted an extension to the UK in regards to Brexit, a no deal scenario is very possible, especially since it seems that there are various factions in the UK parliament which is making it hard to reach an agreement on the path to follow.
A no deal Brexit will impact the business aviation segment, especially the UK licensed pilots and UK approved maintenance, design and manufacturing.
How will a no deal Brexit affect Business Aviation stakeholders:
- UK AOC holders will become Third Country Operators with no freedom rights on charter point to point in Europe. This is an approval process and is not currently automatic. Approval to become a TCO should be sought now;
- UK pilots can continue to fly UK registered aircraft commercially within the UK and outside of Europe but cannot fly EASA registered aircraft unless their licences have been validated by another member state that is remaining EASA. This must happen pre 29 March, 2019 as there is currently no mutual recognition agreement between the EU and the UK for aviation licenses, approvals and certificates
- UK-issued EASA licences and approvals for maintenance, manufacture, design etc will no longer be recognised in the EU post-EU exit unless validated by another EASA state.
- The UK will leave the customs union meaning that UK/Isle of Man imported aircraft may need to be re-imported into Europe and may also need to be imported into the UK, depending on ownership, use and operation.
- The UK have stated they would recognise EASA certificates, approvals and licences for use in the UK aviation system and on UK-registered aircraft at least for a period of two years following withdrawal but there is no reciprocity yet agreed with the EU. In fact the EU has stated publicly it will not do so.