Conversion of UAS/dron pilot certificates

    IMPORTANT: The deadline available for the submission of applications for the conversion of remote pilot certificates was 1 January 2022 and new applications could not be submitted after that date.

    Applications submitted in time and form will be reviewed and processed by EASA as soon as possible, giving them access to the conversion course in case the documentation provided is correct or if discrepancies are detected in the request or documentation provided, requiring the correction of them.

    We also recall that the accepted training or certificates issued in accordance with Royal Decree 1036/2017 or Law 18/2014, continue to be valid to carry out operations in open category until December 31, 2023, as well as to carry out operations in specific category under national standard scenarios, until December 31, 2025. For more information, please refer to thesection “Transition period for remote pilots RPAS/UAS” on the AESA website.

    In the following links you have the conversion courses offered by AESA through the training platform:

     

Who is it addressed to?


    This procedure is aimed at those UAS pilots who were trained in accordance with national legislation prior to entry into application of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947. To do so, you must have one of the following certificates or licenses:

    • Theoretical or practical certificate issued in accordance with Law 18/2014.
    • Theoretical or practical certificate of RPAS pilots issued in accordance with Royal Decree 1036/2017.
    • Means of justification of theoretical knowledge in accordance with Article 34 of Royal Decree 1036/2017, which must additionally hold a practical RPAS pilot certificate issued in accordance with Royal Decree 1036/2017 or Law 18/2014. These means of justification of theoretical knowledge are as follows:
      • Pilot’s licence, whether or not in force, including ULM’s licence.
      • Military pilot’s license and Guardia Civil.
      • Certificate of having passed the theoretical knowledge examinations required for obtaining an EASA pilot licence; or, in the case of individual APTITUD certificate ULM pilot issued by AESA.

    It is reported that any of the above licences or certificates that have been suspended or revoked by the Authority are excluded from the conversion right.

    From the present day until December 31, 2023, pilots with some of the previous licences or certificates may continue to operate in the category analogous to the ‘open’ category as defined in Article 22 of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947, and only those with practical certificates may operate in the ‘specific’ category under national standard scenarios (STS-ES-01 and STS-ES-02), until their validity, i.e. until December 31, 2025.

Basic compliance requirements


    There are certain requirements regarding the dates of issue of certificates and licences according to the end of the activity carried out:

    • EASA activities

    Theoretical and practical certificates as well as pilot licences should have been issued before 31 December 2020.

    • Activities No EASA

    For non-EASA activity certificates, a supporting document must be provided proving that they have been issued for these activities and, unlike EASA activity certificates, certificates issued after entry into application of the European UAS regulations will be accepted, i.e. on 31 December 2020

    Certificates issued by trained training organisations will only be accepted at the time of training of the pilot and issue of the certificate.

    1. Theoretical certificates issued by:
      • Atos
      • ULM Schools
      • Non-engineed flight schools
    2. Practical certificates issued by:
      • Atos
      • ULM Schools
      • Non-engineed flight schools
      • Aircraft manufacturer (for its own aircraft only)
      • Manufacturer-qualified organisation
      • Operators reporting practical training (only for their own pilots)

    According to the regulations issuing such certificates, they must include minimum contents:

    • According to Law 18/2014:
      • The remote pilot is identified with name, surname and ID.
      • Reference to Law 18/2014.
      • The training institution that issued the certificates is correct.
    • According to Royal Decree 1036/2017, the minimum content is set out in Appendix P (with some exceptions):

Conversion scheme


    The conversion scheme established is subject to the type of certificate or licence held by the pilot. Two conversion schemes are distinguished:

    Theoretical part conversion

    Basic or advanced theoretical certificates issued in accordance with Law 18/2014 or Royal Decree 1036/2017 shall be converted to:

    • Online training pass test (A1/A3)
    • Remote Pilot Competence Certificate (A2)

    The student must have completed the A2 self-practice training (see open category A2 training) stating thathe has acquired the practical competences contained in the AMC2 UAS.OPEN.030(2)(b) before making any flight in this subcategory, although it is not necessary to present such a declaration in this procedure.

    It is recalled that only licences or certificates of passing examinations collected as means of justification of theoretical knowledge according to RD 1036/2017 will be converted if the applicant additionally holds a practical RPAS pilot certificate in accordance with Law 18/2014 or RD 1036/2017.

    Conversion theoretical and practical part

    These include the basic or advanced theoretical certificates together with the practical certificates issued in accordance with Law 18/2014, as well as the means of proof of theoretical knowledge in accordance with Art. 34 of Royal Decree 1036/2017 together with the practical certificates in accordance with Art. 33, shall be converted to:

    • Online training pass test (A1/A3)
    • Remote Pilot Competence Certificate (A2)
    • Certificate of theoretical knowledge STS
    • Practical Skills Accreditations (STS-ES-01 and STS-ES-02)

    In the same way as in the theoretical conversion scheme, the student must complete the declaration of completion of self-practice A2 training, as indicated in the AMC2 UAS.OPEN.030(2)(b), without the need to provide such a declaration during the procedure.

    Conversion process

    During the conversion request process, the data subject has to complete his/her data and submit all the necessary documentation, consisting of:

    • Personal data. It is mandatory for the applicant to be over 18 years of age. In case of acting through representation, a document must be provided proving the representation within those accepted by law, for example, through Apodera or power of attorney or Annexes of the BOE No 158 of 4 July 2017 Sec. I. If it is a manuscript, it must be signed by the official and the proxy, in addition to including a photocopy of the identity card of both
    • Attach pilot certificates or licences and include in the following sections:
      1. In the section on justification of theoretical knowledge, it will be essential to provide a document for the validity of the application. It will be necessary to provide the front and back of each certificate to be converted.
      2. In the Practical Certificates section, provide all the practical certificates held by the remote pilot (if applicable).
      3. In the additional documentation section, provide other documents of interest to the application (optional).
    • Sign and send. It will be necessary to sign the application through the mandatory use of digital certificate or electronic ID to formalise the process.

    Note: if the request is titled “delete”, it means that it is in the draft phase and is not sent.

    Once the request is submitted, the process of manual review of the licenses and certificates provided will begin. If, after the evaluation, the documentation meets the basic requirements, the data subject shall be given access to the relevant course:

    • Access to the bridge course conversion part theoretical.
    • Access to the bridge course conversion part theoretical and practical.

    To access the training platform, a user and password will be sent to the personal email provided during the application process, or, in case the data subject already has a user and password will have to use his already established access data or click on recovering password.

    The deadline for carrying out the bridge course is 30 days. In the event that for any reason the person concerned does not complete the course at 100 %, his/her file shall be terminated by a withdrawal decision and as a consequence the UAS/dron pilot certificate cannot be converted.

    After completing the course, you will not receive an exam, but the procedure will be completed with the issuance of the new EU certificates.

    In the event that the documentation provided is not correct because it fails to comply with any of the basic requirements set out above, EASA shall notify the person concerned by a negative decision.

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