Navigating Brexit: A Guide for UK Private Aircraft Owners

As the UK continues to navigate the post-Brexit landscape, private aircraft owners must stay up-to-date with new regulations and requirements to ensure compliance and minimise disruptions. This article aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the key changes and their impact on private aircraft owners.


For UK-registered aircraft, owners must ensure their registration is current with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Non-UK registered aircraft may require new permissions to operate in the UK, depending on bilateral agreements between the UK and their home country. To avoid potential issues, aircraft owners should verify the registration status of their aircraft and ensure they have the necessary permissions to operate in the UK. Read more here: UK CAA guidance on aircraft registration:


UK-registered planes must comply with UK airworthiness requirements. Non-UK registered aircraft must adhere to the airworthiness standards of their respective countries. These changes might lead to additional administrative burdens and costs for aircraft owners. It’s essential to stay informed about airworthiness regulations and consult with a professional if needed to ensure compliance. Read more here: UK CAA guidance on airworthiness:

VAT and Import Duty

Post-Brexit changes in VAT and import duty regulations may affect aircraft owners when importing or exporting planes between the UK and the EU. Aircraft owners should review the new regulations and consult with a tax professional to understand the potential financial implications. Read more here: HMRC guidance on VAT and Brexit:

Flying Rights

Brexit has impacted the rights of UK private pilots to fly within the EU. Aircraft owners must be aware of the new requirements for operating in EU airspace, such as obtaining additional permits or licenses. To avoid any complications, owners should verify their pilots’ qualifications and ensure they have the necessary permissions to operate within the EU. Read more here: UK Government guidance on flying after Brexit:

Navigating the post-Brexit aviation landscape can be complex and challenging for private aircraft owners. However, by staying informed and proactive, owners can minimise disruptions and ensure their planes remain compliant with the latest regulations.