• Part M Subpart I M.A.901(g) enables suitably approved UK Part 66 Licensed Aircraft Engineers (LAE) to recommend to the CAA, the re-issue of an Airworthiness Review Certificate (ARC) on ELA1 aircraft, not used for commercial air transport, when approved to do so by the CAA.

    Please note: Recommendations for individual aircraft can only be made by an ELA1 approved engineer for two consecutive years, after which the next ARC issue must be performed by a suitably approved (Part M Subpart G with ARC privileges) CAMO.

    What would you like to know?

  • The approval is limited to the ELA1 aircraft types for which the LAE holds a valid Part 66 licence.

    Initial approval

    1. Download and complete CAA Form 2 ELA.
    2. Send to the CAA along with the appropriate fee in accordance with the CAA Scheme of Charges.
    3. Shared Services will acknowledge receipt of your application. Your application will be passed to a Regional Office near you. You will then be advised to contact the Regional Office to arrange an assessment.
    4. On satisfactory completion of an Airworthiness Review (under supervision) the Regional Office surveyor will make a recommendation to Shared Services to issue the approval.
    5. Your approval document will then be issued and will be valid for two years.

    Once approved, the LAE may make recommendations to the CAA for the re-issue of an ARC for an ELA1 category aircraft, based on the satisfactory completion of an Airworthiness Review. Recommendations for individual aircraft can be made for two consecutive years, after which the next ARC issue must be performed by a suitably approved (Part M Subpart G with ARC privileges) CAMO.

    Approval renewal

    The initial approval will be valid for 2 years, after which time it will be necessary to apply for the renewal.

    1. Download and complete CAA Form 2 ELA.
    2. Send to Shared Services (at the bottom of this page) along with the appropriate fee in accordance with the CAA Scheme of Charges.
    3. The CAA will verify that the qualifying criteria for renewal are met.
    4. An approval document will be issued for a further two years.

    Note: The holder of the approval may only exercise the privileges of the approval when the holders Part 66 licence is valid in accordance with Part 66.A.20(b).

    Once approved, a Licensed Aircraft Engineer (LAE) may make a recommendation to the CAA, for the re-issue of an ARC for an ELA1 category aircraft, based on the satisfactory completion of an Airworthiness Review. Recommendations for individual aircraft can be made for two consecutive years, after which the next ARC issue must be performed by a suitably approved (Part M Subpart G with ARC privileges) CAMO.

    Process

    1. An Airworthiness Review is carried out in accordance with the requirements of Part M M.A.710.
    2. Make an online recommendation for the issue of an ARC
    3. Your application will then be assessed.
    4. Once the application has been confirmed as correct, Applications and Approvals will issue a new ARC.

    Your aircraft meets the ELA1 criteria if it is:

    • an aeroplane, sailplane or powered sailplane with a Maximum Take Off Mass (MTOM) less than 1200 kg that is not classified as a complex motor-powered aircraft;
    • a balloon with a maximum design lifting gas or hot air volume of not more than 3400 m3 for hot air balloons, 1050 m3 for gas balloons, 300 m3 for tethered gas balloons; or
    • an airship designed for not more than four occupants and a maximum design lifting gas of hot air volume of not more than 3400 m3 for hot air airships and 1000 m3 for gas airships.

    What does this mean for aircraft owners/operators?

    You can take your aircraft to a Licensed Aircraft Engineer (LAE) who has been approved by the CAA to carry out Airworthiness Reviews. The approved LAE can only conduct an Airworthiness review for aircraft types for which the LAE holds a valid Part 66 licence.

    They will conduct the Airworthiness Review in accordance with M.A.710. You, as the aircraft owner/operator/lessee, will be required to complete the online recommendation for the issue of an Airworthiness Review certificate (ARC).

    The application will then be processed and a new ARC will be sent to the address provided.

    Can I do this every year?

    Recommendations for individual aircraft can be made by an LAE for two consecutive years, after which the next ARCissue must be performed by a suitably approved (Part M Subpart G with ARC privileges) CAMO or by the CAA.