Guidance for applicants
In accordance with Regulation (EC) 748/2012, 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 - Mandatory requirements for Airworthiness.
CAP 562, Leaflet C-50, 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.
If a concession is required please advise the Shared Service Centre when you apply.
There are currently three methods by which an EASA Certificate of Airworthiness and ARC can be issued.
NOTE: The term Certificate of Airworthiness in the context of this information include aircraft that qualify for a ‘Restricted Certificate of Airworthiness’. (R CofA)
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.
VHF RadiosAs 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, 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 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 Certificate of Airworthiness, 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.
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).
Airworthiness Transfer Documentation;
* Mandatory information required
Use the C of A Online Form to submit your application and payment.
A Direct Issue can only be considered for a new aircraft that has not yet moved from the manufacturer. An indirect issue can only be considered for a newly manufactured non-complex aircraft types excluding mutli-engine helicopters.
A lead time of at least four weeks notice is required. Direct / Indirect Issue is carried out at the discretion of the CAA. If you believe a direct / indirect issue may be possible please contact the Shared Service Centre 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 / Indirect Issue process:
At this stage it may be identified that the application may be considered for a Direct Issue.
We cannot accept an aircraft for Direct / Indirect Issue if any of the following are applicable:
Shared Service Centre
Civil Aviation Authority
Gatwick Airport South
Telephone: 01293 768374 (open 8.30am to 4.30pm)