The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will soon offer online applications and provide payment options for certain services through secure online processes. As part of a major project to update and improve the way it handles applications, the CAA will begin accepting e-applications and payments, initially, for two services - Part 145 maintenance organisation approvals, and national Permit to Fly renewals.
The new options are intended to initiate a range of improvements to performance and processes across the CAA. These developments will ensure applicants for licences, certificates, approvals and renewals, receive an efficient and consistent service.
Under the new systems, organisations applying for Part 145 maintenance approvals will also be able to submit online documents, such as company expositions, for initial review. The organisations will then be contacted to arrange an audit visit, and any findings following assessment will be sent to the organisation electronically.
With national Permit to Fly renewals, such as ex-military types, there will be two options for owners of aircraft. One option would be for existing approved organisations to obtain online access and issue Certificates of Validity themselves. There is then no requirement for a CAA surveyor to visit for an annual survey of the aircraft.
Alternately, owners of national Permit to Fly aircraft have the option to simply apply online, in which case the CAA, rather than an approved organisation, would undertake the issue process as they do today. Aircraft with permits granted under the oversight of the Light Aircraft Association or British Microlight Aircraft Association are not yet included.
These new systems will progressively come into place from January 2013. Similar online payment options, and other service enhancements, will be rolled out to cover most other applications in the future.
An Information Notice
has also been published setting out the changes in more detail.
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