Current UK regulations aligned British Civil Airworthiness Requirements (BCAR) Section A with European regulations in August 2012. The changes apply to aircraft excluded from European Council Regulation (EC) 216/2008, including those aircraft listed in Annex II, commonly referred to Non-EASA aircraft.
CAP 747 "Mandatory Requirements for Airworthiness" contains the list of non-EASA aircraft types. It also provides a statement of the general categories of aircraft that are excluded from European regulations and so remain subject to National rules. These changes apply to non-EASA aircraft
that operate on a Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A).
The CAA has determined that some aircraft types are required to meet Additional Requirements for Importation (ARIs) prior to the issue of a Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A).
The CAA issue a non-expiring C of A, National Airworthiness Review Certificate (National ARC) and noise certificate (if required) for each aircraft. After receipt of your non-expiring C of A and initial National ARC, the National ARC can be extended for two years, after which time a full airworthiness review will be required prior to a new National
ARC being issued.
For a used non-EASA craft being imported into the UK a check flight is required to support the airworthiness review.
The recommendation for the initial issue of a National ARC may only be made by a A8-25 (CAMO) or an A8-15 (M3) organisation that holds appropriate approval for this purpose.
Non-military State aircraft, those used for commercial air transport, or public transport are to be managed by an A8-25 (CAMO) and maintained by an A8-23 (M1) organisation.
Remaining C of A aircraft may have their continuing airworthiness managed by an A8-25 (CAMO) or they can have an annual review performed by an A8-25 (CAMO). For those aircraft below 2730kg the annual review can also be carried out by an appropriately licensed engineer.
For aircraft below 2730kg MTOW, maintenance may be performed by an A8-24 (M1), (M2) or independent certifying staff.
In order to successfully make an application you must provide:
Please note: The aircraft must be registered in the UK prior to the issue of any Airworthiness Certificate.
As required by Commission Regulation (EU) No 1079/2012, all new aircraft issued with an individual Certificate of Airworthiness after 17 November 2013, which have VHF radios fitted, are required to have a radio with an 8.33KHz channel spacing. It is the owners / operators responsibility to ensure that the aircraft is appropriately
equipped with such a radio.
Please use our
non-EASA Fee Calculator for details of the current charges.
In the event of a discrepancy between the information here and the Scheme of Charges, the
Scheme of Charges takes precedence.
The application shall be reviewed to determine if Regional Office surveyor involvement is required.
The Service Standard for the processing of instructions for your application to your local Regional Office is 15
working days from receipt of your correctly completed application and fee. The applicant will be contacted to arrange a
date for survey of the aircraft by our Resource Scheduling team. A Certificate of Airworthiness, Airworthiness Review
Certificate and Noise Certificate (if required) will be issued when the aircraft has been shown to meet the
applicable requirements and is deemed airworthy.
Same day, special delivery and other customised services are available at an additional cost. This service is on
request, which should be made at the time of initial application. Documents are worked to a same day turnaround from
receipt of customer request by 11:00 to completion of the processing of the application by 16:30 on the same working
day. The customer will be able to collect the documents by 16:30 on the same day or the documents shall be sent by
Royal Mail special delivery, where this is included in the service.
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All national aircraft registered in the UK and operating on a National Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A) are
issued with a non-expiring C of A, validated annually by a National Airworthiness Review Certificate (N ARC).
A Satisfactory Airworthiness Review in accordance with BCAR Section A (A8-25 para 10 or A8-15 para 3) must be completed and a National ARC Issue Recommendation made for all aircraft imported from outside the UK prior to the issue of the Certificate of Airworthiness. This should be provided to the CAA prior to any survey.
*Mandatory information required
Please use the C of A Online Form to submit your application and payment.
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