In accordance with Regulation (EC) 1702/2003, all EASA aircraft types that qualify for an EASA Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) are issued with a non-expiring CofA, validated annually with an Airworthiness Review Certificate (ARC). This annual validation will be either the issue of a new ARC or an Extension of the validity of the current ARC.
The CAA has determined that some aircraft types are required to meet Additional Requirements for Importation (ARI) prior to the issue of a Certificate of Airworthiness.
CAP 747, Generic Concession No. 1, ‘Airworthiness Concessions in respect of Foreign Built Aircraft’, addresses the non compliance of certain foreign built aircraft with the applicable requirements of CAP 747.
CAP 562, Leaflet 11-4, UK Certification of Aircraft that are Eligible for the Issue of an EASA or UK non-EASA Certificate of Airworthiness, provides useful guidance information on the procedure for obtaining a Certificate of Airworthiness.
There are currently three methods by which an EASA Certificate of Airworthiness and ARC can be issued.
- Surveyor Involvement (details provided below under 'What to Expect')
- Direct Issue (details provided below under 'What to Expect')
- Revalidation of an ARC
NOTE: The term Certificate of Airworthiness in the context of this information include aircraft that qualify for a ‘Restricted Certificate of Airworthiness’.
In order to successfully make an application you must provide:
- Details of the aircraft
- Approved Organisation details
- 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.
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.
Use our 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.
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 is 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 / non-EASA 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.
In accordance with Part M of Regulation (EC) 2042/2003, all EASA aircraft types that qualify for an EASA Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) are issued with a non-expiring CofA, validated annually with an Airworthiness Review Certificate (ARC).
Associated Rules, Regulations and Forms
- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Article 31
- Air Navigation Order
- CAP 747 -"Mandatory Requirements for Airworthiness", Generic Concession No. 1, ‘Airworthiness Concessions in respect of Foreign Built Aircraft’
- CAP 562 - “Civil Aircraft Airworthiness Information and Procedures (CAAIP)”, Leaflet 11-4, UK Certification of Aircraft that are Eligible for the Issue of an EASA or non-EASA Certificate of Airworthiness
- Commission Regulation (EC) No. 2042/2003
- CAA Scheme of Charges (Airworthiness, Noise Certification and Aircraft and Aircraft Engine Emissions)
- C of A Online Form
- EASA C of A Fee Calculator
- EASA Form 52
- SRG 1718 Form (Same Day and Special Delivery Services)
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) *
- 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;
- For new aircraft constructed in the EU, “Statement of conformity to Type Design” – EASA Form 52.
- For new aircraft constructed outside the EU, Export Certificate of Airworthiness issued within the 60 days preceding receipt of the application by the CAA (Please Note: EC Regulations require the transfer statement in this case to declare compliance to a Design approved by EASA)
- For used EASA Aircraft imported from a Member State, an Airworthiness Review Certificate issued in accordance with Part M.
- For used EASA Aircraft imported from a Non-Member State, an Export Certificate of Airworthiness issued within the 60 days preceding receipt of the application by the CAA.
- 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 (see British Civil Airworthiness Requirements (BCAR) Section B B3-2 Paragraph 4)
* Mandatory information required
How to apply
Use the C of A Online Form to submit your application and payment.
What to expect
CofA Issue/Subsequent Issue – Surveyor Involvement
- Complete the C of A 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. Advice will be given if the application is to be processed as an ARC Re-validation or Direct Issue.
- 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.
CofA Issue – Direct Issue
A Direct Issue can only be considered for a new aircraft that has not yet moved from the manufacturer. A lead time of at least four weeks notice is required. A Direct Issue is carried out at the discretion of the CAA. If you believe a direct issue, may be possible please contact Applications and Approvals to discuss this in further detail. The CAA reserves the right to revert any application to ‘Surveyor Involvement’ at their discretion.
To apply for the issue of an EASA Certificate of Airworthiness using the Direct Issue process:
- Complete the C of A Online Form and pay the applicable fee online and acceptable transfer documentation / confirm the acceptable transfer documentation that will be available.
- The application will be passed to a Technical Standards Surveyor in the Technical Section to check.
- Further information may be required to substantiate the application – the Maintenance Organisation or CAMO will usually be the contact for this information.
At this stage it may be identified that the application may be considered for a Direct Issue.
- If a Direct Issue is agreed, Applications and Approvals will liaise with the Manufacturer and Applicant to organise the delivery of Certificates and other relevant paperwork to the Manufacturer.
- At the time of delivery, the Manufacturer issues the relevant Certificates and forwards all required paperwork to Applications and Approvals.
We cannot accept an aircraft for Direct Issue if any of the following are applicable:
- the aircraft is designated as a "first of type".
- the aircraft moves for finishing - i.e., away from the manufacturers factory facility.
- the aircraft is delivered as a “Green" aircraft (base coat only applied) - aircraft must be fully painted and full state of registry registration decals must be applied.
- there are derogations/exceptions to the aircraft Type Certificate Data Sheet (TCDS) or unapproved modifications or Supplemental Type Certificates (STC’s)
Applications and Approvals
Civil Aviation Authority
Gatwick Airport South
Telephone: 01293 768374 (open 8.30am to 4.30pm)