Initial Issue and Renewal of an EASA Permit to Fly (Permanent)

Guidance for registered aircraft owners

Description


Commission Regulation (EU) 748/2012 Subpart P allows for the issue of a Permit to Fly to an EASA aircraft when the Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A) is temporarily invalid or when an aircraft is unable to comply with the regulations set for the issue of a C of A but is still capable of safe flight under defined conditions.

An EASA Permit to Fly is valid in all EU Member States, however, national operational, airspace access and use requirements remain applicable.

There are four separate elements that may be required as part of the process that leads to the issue of an EASA Permit to Fly:

- The application for approval of Flight Conditions 
- The application for an EASA Permit to Fly 
- The approval of the Flight Conditions
- The issue of the EASA Permit to Fly 

An EASA permanent Permit to Fly may be issued where an EASA C of A is not appropriate.  It may be required for an indefinite or extended period of time. Permits of this type are normally issued for the purposes described under Part 21, point 21A.701 (a)15 i.e. for non-commercial flying activity of individual non-complex types for which a C of A is not considered appropriate.

Pre-Requisites


All applications should include the supporting documentation shown below in the section called 'you will need to provide'. 

For initial issues:

The aircraft must be registered in the UK prior to the issue of any Airworthiness Certificate.

  • Certification status of the aircraft (EASA Form 18b, Manufacturers Flight Conditions, EASA AAN or UK CAA AAN)
  • Pilot’s Operating Handbook or Aircraft Flight Manual reference
  • CAA Approved Maintenance Programme reference
  • Details of who will be presenting the aircraft for survey

For Renewals:

The aircraft must be registered in the UK prior to the issue of any Airworthiness Certificate and not have been removed from the register since the last permanent EASA Permit to Fly was issued.

In addition to the requirements listed above for an issue application your application should include:

  • Hours flown to 31st December of the previous year
  • Confirmation that the aircraft has been maintained by an individual holding a valid Permit Maintenance Release Authorisation (PMR) – you will need to supply their name and authorsation number

Cost


Aircraft Weight EASA Permanent Permit to Fly - Initial Issue EASA Permit to Fly - Renewal
Aircraft up to 500kg £464.40 £232.20
Aircraft between 501kg and 2730kg £860.40 £430.20

In the event of a discrepancy between the information here and the Scheme of Charges, the Scheme of Charges takes precedence.

Processing time (On receipt of all required information)


Once instructions are lodged with your local Regional Office, you will be contacted to arrange a date for survey of the aircraft by our Resource Management team.  A Permanent EASA Permit to Fly will be issued when the aircraft has been shown to meet the applicable requirements and is deemed airworthy.

Validity period


A permanent EASA Permit to Fly shall be valid for one year.

Associated Rules, Regulations and Forms


  • EASA guidance on Permit to Fly
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 748/2012, Subpart P
  • Application for a temporary EASA Permit to Fly for an EASA Permit aircraft type
    (this may be required for the delivery flight and/or a check flight to qualify for the issue of the EASA Permanent Permit to Fly) 
  • CAA Scheme of Charges (Airworthiness, Noise Certification and Aircraft and Aircraft Engine Emissions)
  • CAA Safety Notice SN-2013/011 – Policy change to CAA requirements for check flights
  • EASA Form 37 Application for the Approval of Safety of design related Flight Conditions for a Permit to Fly

You will need to provide


Applying for a permanent EASA Permit to Fly - Issue

  • Completed Permit Issue Form together with the appropriate fee.

Supporting documentation:

For Light Sports Aircraft (LSA) please provide copies of the following

  • EASA Approved Flight Conditions (EASA Form 18b) with at least 12 months validity remaining
  • latest approved manufacturer’s flight conditions document.
  • the manufacturer’s Pilot Operating Handbook (for new aircraft from the factory only)
  • the production flight test (for new aircraft from the factory only)
  • any build standard documentation

For Russian Light Aircraft: Yakovlev Yak-54, Yakovlev Yak-55 and Sukhoi Su-26 please provide copies of the following:

  • the EASA Airworthiness Approval Note(AAN ) – this must be obtained from EASA
  • copy of EASA Approved Flight Conditions (EASA Form 18b) with at least 12 months validity remaining

Applying for a Permanent EASA Permit to Fly - Renewal

  • Completed application for the renewal of an EASA permit to fly together with the appropriate fee
  • Supporting documentation as detailed under ‘Issue application’ above.

How to apply


The Registered Owner should complete the relevant form, pay the appropriate fee and supply the relevant supporting documentation.

 

What to expect


Once a completed application form and applicable fee are received, your application will be reviewed.  You may be requested to supply additional information if required.

Permanent EASA Permit to Fly - Issues & Renewals

A Check Flight may be required, in accordance with CAA Safety Notice SN-213/011.  If required, an application for the issue of a temporary EASA Permit to Fly should be made.  

Instructions to survey the aircraft will be processed to the Regional Office and you will be contacted to arrange a date for survey of the aircraft.  An Permanent EASA Permit to Fly will be issued when the aircraft has been shown to meet the applicable requirements and is deemed airworthy.

Contact us


apply@caa.co.uk

Applications and Approvals
Civil Aviation Authority
Aviation House
Gatwick Airport South
West Sussex
RH6 0YR
Telephone: 01293 768374 (open 8.30am to 5pm)