While the rain prevents flying it is a good time to think about the upcoming EASA transition. While the whole thing is very complicated the BGA and CGC have provided some good information to help experienced pilots.
Therefore this blog post is more targeted at student pilots.
What is happening?
On 8th April 2015 we are moving from a system of UK regulation to a system of European Regulation. This means that existing qualifications are no longer valid, and you will need to transition your qualifications or retrain.
The rule of thumb is:
It is easier and cheaper to get BGA qualifications and transition them to EASA before April 2015, than it will be to get a qualification after April 2015.
Under the EASA system there will be a £84 admin fee for updating your qualifications (£42 if you are under 21). This applies to the initial transition and any additional amendments. For example, if you want to fly solo on the aerotow your will need an aerotow endorsement. If you meet the requirements before you transition, then you only pay £84/£42 once. But if you transition and then want to fly solo on the aerotow you will pay £84/£42 twice.