Guidance for Applicants
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 specific EASA and 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 (CofA).
The CAA issue a non-expiring CofA and a National Airworthiness Review Certificate (National ARC) for each aircraft. This is carried out when the current CofA is presented for renewal if not already transitioned to a non-expiring CofA. There is longer an option to renew a CofA for 3 years. After receipt of your non-expiring CofA 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.
The recommendation for the initial issue of a National ARC may only be made by a BCAR CAMO (A8-25) or an M3 (A8-15) 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 BCAR CAMO and maintained by an A8-23 (M1) organisation.
Remaining CofA aircraft may have their continuing airworthiness managed by a BCAR CAMO or they can have an annual review performed by a CAMO, for those aircraft below 2730kg the annual review can also be carried out by an A8-15 (M3) organisation, or an appropriately licensed engineer.
For aircraft below 2730kg MTOW, maintenance may be performed by M1, M2 (A8-24) or independent certifying staff.
Please Note: Due to de Havilland Support Ltd relinquishing the Type Certificate of all their current aircraft on 1 April 2012 and setting up ‘Type Responsibility Agreements’ (TRA) for certain aircraft types, no application for the issue of a Certificate of Airworthiness will be accepted without demonstration of a formal agreement with the holder of the TRA.
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.
Use our Annex II CofA 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.
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.
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 Management team. An EASA/National Certificate of Airworthiness and Airworthiness Review Certificate will be issued when the aircraft has been shown to meet the applicable requirements and is deemed airworthy.
All national aircraft registered in the UK and operating on a National Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) are issued with a non-expiring CofA, validated annually by a National Airworthiness Review Certificate (N ARC).
* Mandatory information required
CofA Issue/Subsequent Issue – Surveyor Involvement
Applications and Approvals
Civil Aviation Authority
Gatwick Airport South
Telephone: 01293 768374 (open 8.30am to 5pm)