Apply for a Export Certificate of Airworthiness (E C of A)

Information on exporting a UK registered aircraft


Exporting a UK registered Aircraft to a EASA State

Aircraft subject to EASA regulations where the aircraft is being exported to another EU Member state will transfer using their Part M issued Airworthiness Review Certificate.

Exporting a UK Registered Aircraft to a non-EASA State

Any requirements set by the importing state must be sought and complied with or exceptions agreed in writing by the importing authority. Special requirements and derogations from British Civil Airworthiness Requirements or EASA standards must be agreed to in advance and the CAA notified.

Export of UK registered EASA aircraft to the United States of America or Canada

The transfer between the United States of America (US) or Canada and the UK of EASA aircraft types is regulated by the relevant Bi-lateral agreements on Civil Aviation Safety between the European Union (EU) and the US and the EU and Canada. This requires the issue of a C of A for Export declaring compliance to the importing authority requirements. These include compliance with the FAA and / or TCCA Type Certificate Data Sheet (TCDS), any additional Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) are approved by the FAA / TCCA and all applicable FAA / TCCA Airworthiness Directives are in compliance.

If this cannot be achieved, the CAA will need to contact the importing authority for written confirmation that all ‘Exceptions’ are acceptable, prior to the issue of an C of A for Export in accordance with section 5 of the Technical implementation Procedures (TIP). To demonstrate compliance with respective TCDS we recommend that a conformity statement is obtained from the appropriate Type Certificate Holder when applying for a Certificate of Airworthiness for Export to the US or Canada.

Further information:

  • Commission Regulation (EC) 216/2008 Annex 1
  • EU / FAA TIP - Technical Implementation Procedure
  • EU - Canada TIP - Technical Implementation Procedure 

Information about Exporting a UK Registered Aircraft


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 and meet the requirements to hold a UK Certificate of Airworthiness prior to the Export C of A being issued.


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.

Additional Charges: Where the cost of the CAA investigations exceeds the application charge payable, the applicant shall pay additional charges to recover those excess costs incurred by the CAA in accordance with the Scheme of Charges.

Payments can be made by credit or debit card or by bank transfer made payable to the Civil Aviation Authority. When making a bank transfer please instruct your bankers to quote the Application Submission Number, provided at the end of the CofA for Export online form, in the description field.

Processing time (On receipt of all required information)

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/National Certificate of Airworthiness for Export will be issued when the aircraft has been shown to meet the applicable requirements and is deemed airworthy.

Validity period

Export Certificates of Airworthiness do not have an explicit validity period. The importing authority should be contacted to confirm the validity period that would be acceptable to the specific importing state. Note: The CAA accepts Export Certificates of Airworthiness supporting a Certificate of Airworthiness application up to 60 days from the issue date.

Associated Rules, Regulations and Forms

You will need to provide

  • Completed CofA for Export 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 EASA-accepted TCDS reference or AAN approval reference*
  • Confirmation of the place of survey *
  • Confirmation of the aircraft TCDS compliance
  • Details of any exceptions or derogations against the importing country requirements (if applicable)

* Mandatory information required

How to apply

If a Airworthiness Review recommendation is required to support this application please use the ARC / NARC recommendation Online Form to submit your application.

Please quote the Application Submission Number, provided at the end of the CofA for Export online form on the ARC/NARC recommendation Online form.

What to expect

  • Your 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.
  • The Resource Management team will arrange for the Regional Office Surveyor to survey the aircraft
  • A Certificate of Airworthiness for Export will be issued once the Regional Office Surveyor is satisfied that all necessary paperwork is in order and that the aircraft is airworthy.

Should your organisation wish to fast track your certificates, please see our Same Day Service information.

Contact us

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