Recommendation to the CAA for the initial issue or renewal of a National ARC

Guidance on issuing or extending a National Airworthiness Review Certificate (N ARC)


Initial Issue refers to the first National ARC issued as part of the CofA (Certificate of Airworthiness) issue. Applicable to the first transfer of an aircraft to the UK register or aircraft returning to the UK register. 

Renewal refers to issue or extension of a national ARC for aircraft already issued with a non-expiring national CofA.

Who can apply to recommend to the CAA?

  • A BCAR A8-25 CAMO with National ARC privileges for the aircraft type
  • A BCAR A8-15 (Iss 7 of CAP 553) organisation with National ARC privileges for the aircraft group (applicable to aircraft of 2730kg MTOW and below,  not being used for Commercial Air Transport or State purposes)


  • Before a new National ARC can be issued, the aircraft must have completed a satisfactory airworthiness review in accordance with BCAR A8-25.   An airworthiness review may be conducted only by an approved BCAR A8-25 CAMO or A8-15 approved organisation with the National ARC privilege (with the applicable group / aircraft type)
  • A full documented review of the aircraft records and a physical survey of the aircraft will be required in accordance with BCAR A3-1, Appendix 1
  • State aircraft and those used for commercial air transport, are required to be managed by an appropriately approved BCAR A8-25 CAMO and maintained by appropriately approved BCAR A8-23 (M1) organisations
  • Remaining CofA aircraft may be managed by an appropriately approved BCAR A8-25 CAMO or they can have an Annual Review performed by an A8-25 CAMO or an A8-15 (M3) organisation or appropriately licensed engineer

For aircraft below 2730 kg MTOW, maintenance may be performed by M1/M2 (A8-23/A8-24) organisations or an appropriately licensed engineer.

Additional Information

  • An aircraft in a Controlled Environment is one that has been continuously managed by an appropriately approved BCAR A8-25 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 organisations, or appropriately licensed engineers or the pilot / owner as appropriate



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 will be required to pay an excess hourly charge. We 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.

You will be invoiced for the balance of the excess hourly charge (total hourly charge less initial charge already paid).

Payments can be made by credit or debit card or by bank transfer or with a cheque made payable to the Civil Aviation Authority
When using bank transfer, it would be helpful if you could please identify what the payment is for by including your approval reference and receiving department.

Processing time (On receipt of all required information)

  • Correctly completed recommendations for the issue of a National ARC will be processed and the new National ARC will be issued within 5 working days of receipt.
  • Submissions of a copy of the issued National ARC will result in G-INFO being updated within 5 working days of receipt.

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

Recommendations for the CAA to Issue National ARC

Organisations that have the privilege to Issue and/or extend National ARC’s (1st and 2nd Extensions).

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

How to apply

What to expect

  • The application is processed and reviewed
  • The organisation/individual making the recommendation will be advised if any discrepancies are raised and these will need to be rectified before the application can proceed.
  • The National ARC is issued
  • The National ARC is posted to the return address provided and G-INFO is updated

If upon review of the recommendation it is determined that a CAA Surveyor should complete an airworthiness review the organisation/individual will be contacted by the Resource Management team who will schedule the visit for the surveyor to conduct the review.

Once the surveyor is satisfied they will issue the National ARC.

Contact us

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