Certificates of Airworthiness (non-EASA Aircraft)

Guidance for Applicants

Description


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 (CofA).

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 (CofA).

  • CAP 562, Leaflet  B-100 defines the acceptance standards for imported aircraft for which a UK CofA is sought.

The CAA issue a non-expiring CofA, National Airworthiness Review Certificate (National ARC) and noise certificate (if required) 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.

Pre-Requisites


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 CofA 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 A8-15 (M3) organisation or 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:

  • Details of the aircraft
  • Approved Organisation details
  • The location of the aircraft for survey (if required)

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

VHF Radios

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.

Cost


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 Services

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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Processing time (On receipt of all required information)


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.  A National Certificate of Airworthiness, National 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.

Validity period


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).

Associated Rules, Regulations and Forms


You will need to provide


  • Completed CofA Online Form
  • Aircraft details (reg/type/s/n/engines and props if applicable/weights etc) *
  • Details of the organisation supporting the application (they may be the applicant/presenter or support the organisation/individual presenting the aircraft) *
  • If the aircraft is an Annex II type and classified as an orphan they must supply a copy  of their Type Responsibility agreement
  • Confirmation of the certification status applicable to the aircraft *
  • Details of the Approved Maintenance Programme
  • Details of the Flight Manual (if applicable)
  • Confirmation of the place of survey *
  • Confirmation of CAP 747 compliance
  • Confirmation of the mod status of the aircraft

Airworthiness Transfer Documentation

  • Non-EASA aircraft (those falling under Annex II of EU regulation (EC) 216/2008), one of the following:
    • An Export Certificate of Airworthiness issued within the 60 days preceding receipt of the application by the CAA
    • A current domestic Certificate of Airworthiness issued or renewed less than twelve months prior to the date of receipt of the application by the CAA
    • A current domestic Certificate of Airworthiness issued or renewed more than twelve months prior to the date of receipt of the application by the CAA and a statement from the exporting authority.


* Mandatory information required

How to apply


What to expect


CofA Issue/Subsequent Issue – Surveyor Involvement

 

  • Complete the CofA Online Form and pay the applicable fee online.
  • The application will be passed to the Technical Section for review.
  • Further information to substantiate the application may be required – the Maintenance Organisation or CAMO will usually be the contact for this information.
  • Upon successful review of the application it will be determined if Surveyor Involvement is required.  
  • The Resource Management team will arrange for the Regional Office Surveyor to survey the aircraft
  • A Certificate of Airworthiness, Airworthiness Review Certificate and Noise Certificate (if applicable) will be issued once the Regional Office Surveyor is satisfied that all necessary paperwork is in order and that the aircraft is airworthy.

Contact us


apply@caa.co.uk

Shared Service Centre
Civil Aviation Authority
Aviation House
Gatwick Airport South
West Sussex
RH6 0YR
Telephone: 01293 768374 (open 8.30am to 4.30pm)