CAA issues renewal advice to JAR licence holders
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a reminder to all holders of JAR PPLs of the need to renew their licences at the appropriate time. JAR licences have a five-year calendar life with the expiry date printed on the licence. An increasing number of holders, however, are failing to renew, and continuing to fly. Such flying is illegal, and may invalidate a pilot’s insurance policy.
Matt Lee, Head of Aviation Regulation Enforcement at the CAA, said: "We are seeing PPLs who have not renewed their JAR licences and are therefore flying illegally. Much of this is just down to ignorance, so we urge all JAR licence holders to check their licence's expiry date and apply to the CAA when it is due for renewal."
The new EASA licences, which are set to replace all existing licences in April 2012, are expected to be non-expiring, but, until then, JAR licence holders must comply with the current rules. Most JAR licences will become EASA licences on 8th April 2012. They will be physically replaced with EASA licences when next submitted to the CAA for renewal, or for any change or amendment.
Matt Lee added: "We are still 18 months away from the switchover to EASA licences, so there is no excuse for PPLs to let the validity of their licences slip. If a pilot does not have a valid licence their insurance may even be compromised, and their insurance company may refuse to pay out on a claim."
The CAA advises anyone in any doubt to contact the Licensing Department on 01293 573700 or visit http://www.caa.co.uk/default.aspx?catid=137