National Airworthiness Review Certificate (National ARC) - New Issues and Extensions

How to apply for a new National Airworthiness Review Certificate (N ARC)


Issue refers to the new National ARC issued following expiry of the old one, usually following two extensions of the previously issued National ARC.

Who can apply

A BCAR A8-25 CAMO with the appropriate privilege is able to issue and extend a National ARC regardless of aircraft being in a controlled environment.

A BCAR A8-15 (Iss 7 of CAP 553) approved organisation is able to extend a National ARC following a satisfactory Annual Review or Make a Recommendation for a new National ARC (for aircraft of 2730kg MTOW and below, not being used for Commercial Air Transport or State purposes).

An appropriately Licensed Engineer has the privilege to extend a National ARC following a satisfactory Annual Review (for aircraft of 2730kg MTOW and below, not being used for Commercial Air Transport or State purposes and which are not in a controlled environment). 

Additional Information

  • An aircraft in a Controlled Environment is one that has been continuously managed by a Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) for 12 months prior to ARC expiry.
  • For orphan aircraft types a valid Type Responsibility Agreement (TRA) must be in place.
  • Aircraft may require a valid Check Flight

All maintenance carried out on the aircraft must have been performed by a suitably approved maintenance organisation, or appropriately licensed engineers or the pilot / owner as appropriate.


Applicants must hold the necessary privileges to issue and / or extend


Please refer to the fee calculator to establish the charge.


In the event of a discrepancy between the information here and the Official Record Series 5, CAA Scheme of Charges (Airworthiness, Noise Certification and Aircraft and Aircraft Engine Emissions), the Scheme of Charges takes precedence.

If the number of hours taken by the CAA to carry out its investigations in relation to the application exceeds the cost shown above, you must pay an excess hourly charge. The CAA shall determine the excess hourly charge by taking the total number of excess hours taken by the CAA to complete the required investigations in relation to the application and multiplying that number of hours by an hourly charge, currently £134 for aircraft not exceeding 2730 Kg MTOM and £199 for any other aircraft.

The balance for the excess hourly charge (total hourly charge less initial charge already paid) is payable to the CAA and will be invoiced to you.

Payments can be made by credit or debit card or by bank transfer.

When using bank transfer, it would be helpful if you could please identify what the payment is for by including the aircraft registration, the application type (i.e. National ARC issue) and receiving department.

Processing time (On receipt of all required information)

  • Once the CAA has received the signed National ARC it will displayed on G-INFO within 10 working days

Validity period

  • National Airworthiness Review Certificates are valid for 12 months unless revoked, suspended or cancelled.

Associated Rules, Regulations and Forms

  • CAP 553
    • BCAR A3-1 for regulations on CofA
    • BCAR A3-3 and A3-5 for regulations on Check Flights
    • BCAR A6-1 for regulations on Maintenance and Continuing Airworthiness of Non-EASA Aircraft
    • BCAR A8-25 for regulations on the Airworthiness Review
  • Official Record Series 5, CAA Scheme of Charges


You will need to provide


Organisations that have the privilege to Issue or Extend National ARC’s must send:

  • A copy of the issued National ARC must be sent to Applications & Approvals within 10 days of issue
  • Correct Fee

How to apply

  • Please contact to request the necessary National ARC templates

What to expect

Please see the section above called 'Processing time'

Contact us

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