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First of all, let's explain the terminology:
Revalidation (of a licence, rating or certificate) - this is the process taken if your licence or rating has not expired.
Renewal (of a licence, rating or certificate) - the process required if your licence or rating has expired.
Please note that all revalidations or renewals require completion before expiry. Licensing action cannot be made retrospectively. Any Licence or Rating that has expired (excluding the LAPL) will require an assessment of competence and possible refresher training before an exam is taken.
To keep your LAPL licence valid you need to have completed, in the last rolling 24 months, as pilot of an aeroplane or TMG at least 12 hours’ flight time as PIC, including 12 take-offs and landing and a one-hour refresher training flight with an instructor.
If you do not meet these requirements, you will need to:
To revalidate an SEP rating you must:
If you are unable to complete the above, you will need to pass a proficiency check in a single-engine (single-pilot) aeroplane with an examiner. The proficiency check must take place within the 3 months immediately before the rating’s expiry date. The new rating expiry date will then be based on the expiry date of the current rating.
This rating requires renewing by test every 25 months by an examiner.
Credit for an observed approach can be given only if seen by an examiner, otherwise 2 approaches are required to be flown, a precision (ILS) and a non-precision (SRA, PAR, NDV, RNAV) in addition to general handling on full and partial panel. If taken on a MEP, asymmetric flight is also assessed.
A Multi-Engine Piston (Land) class rating is valid for 12 months, and must be revalidated by proficiency check by an examiner. As with the SEP rating, if the test is carried out within the three months prior to the expiry date of the rating, the new rating expiry date will be based on the expiry date of the current rating, otherwise from the date of the test.
An additional requirement for revalidation is that the applicant has flown at least 10 route sectors (take-off, cruise of at least 15 minutes, arrival, approach and landing) within the validity of the rating, however this requirement can be substituted by a single route sector flown during the test.
Should an MEP rating have lapsed, the candidate is required to be assessed at an Approved Training Organisation to determine any required refresher training before taking the test.
The MEP renewal/revalidation may also be combined with an IMC/IR(R).
These can also be carried out by Redhill Aviation Flight Training. Please contact us for more detailed information.