National Permit to Fly - Issues and Renewals

Application and guidance information associated with CAA Permits to Fly

The CAA may issue a National Permit to Fly when it is satisfied on the basis of its own investigations, that in respect of its design and construction and all other relevant matters, an aircraft meets the foregoing requirements.

The Permit to Fly will include any conditions and limitations under which the aircraft must be flown and in certain cases any relevant maintenance requirements that are to be met. The CAA may restrict the number of occupants that may be carried in the aircraft operating in accordance with a Permit to Fly.

A Permit to Fly issued in accordance with BCAR CAP 553 Chapter A3-7, other than for ferry or test purposes will be rendered valid by the periodic issue of a Certificate of Validity.

Temporary National Permits to Fly

A Permit to Fly for Ferry may be required for the transport of an aircraft without a valid Permit to Fly. This is usually granted when the aircraft must travel for maintenance and repair or for the aircraft to be placed into long term storage.
 
A Permit to Fly for Test is required to test a newly installed modification or repair.

For non-EASA Certificate of Airworthiness aircraft (Annex II and “state” aircraft), there is no requirement for the issue of a temporary National Permit to fly because “A” and “B” Conditions remain in force for these aircraft which allow them to fly for the purposes of ferry, revalidation of a C of A and flight testing etc provided the flight is solely within UK Airspace.

Who can apply?

National Permits to Fly - Issues & Renewals

  • Registered Aircraft Owner
  • Maintenance Organisation
  • Operator
  • Any individual authorised by the aircraft owner

Temporary National Permits to Fly

  • Registered Aircraft Owner
  • Maintenance Organisation
  • Any individual authorised by the Aircraft Owner
  • Operator

A8-20 Permit to Fly
An Organisation approved in accordance with BCAR A8-20

Cost

Aircraft WeightNon-Expiring Permit to
Fly & Initial issue of Certificate of Validity
Annual Renewal of Certificate of ValidityPersons / Organisations
approved by the CAA to
issue National Permit to Fly Certificates of Validity
renewals online
Aircraft up to 500kg£516.00£258.00£206.00
Aircraft between 501kg and 2730kg£956.00£478.00£382.00
Aircraft over 2730kg£1,268.00£634.00£507.00

Please refer to ORS 5 3.4.1

Temporary National Permits to Fly
On making application for the issue of a temporary national permit to fly where the national certificate of airworthiness is temporarily invalid, the applicant shall pay £199

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.

Latest charges and applications form.

Processing Time

National Permits to Fly
The Service Standard for the processing of instructions for your application to your local Regional Office is 15 working days from receipt of your completed application and fee.  Once instructions are lodged with your local Regional Office, the applicant will be contacted to arrange a date for survey of the aircraft.  A National Permit to Fly will be issued when the aircraft has been shown to meet the applicable requirements and is deemed airworthy.

Temporary National Permits to Fly
The Service Standard for the issue of a temporary national permit to fly is 5 working days from receipt of a request and appropriate fee.

Pre-Requisites

  • National Permits to Fly - Issues: The aircraft must be fully registered on the UK register.
  • Temporary National Permits to Fly -  The aircraft must be on the UK register and either have qualified for/or be in the process of qualifying for a UK National Permit to Fly or UK National Certificate of Airworthiness.
  • National Permits to Fly - Renewals: The aircraft must be fully registered on the UK register, have previously held a UK CAA National Permit to Fly which has not expired by more than 12 months.
  • A8-20 Permits to Fly - Renewals: The aircraft will be of military origin with the Maintenance Organisation approved under BCAR Section A, Chapter A8-20.  The renewal must be submitted by an approved the A8-20 organisation with the privilege to issue a Certificate of Validity.  If the A8-20 organisation holds the appropriate privilege, they may use the Permit Online Form to renew the CofV.

Validity Period

  • A National Permit to Fly/A8-20 Permit to Fly shall be validated for one year by a Certificate of Validity.
  • For a Temporary National Permit to Fly, the applicant will be required to supply a validity period whilst completing the application.  UK National Temporary permits are usually issued for less than a month, but the applicant should ensure they allow enough time for the flight to be conducted, taking into account weather conditions etc.

Applicants will need to provide:

  • Completed Permit Issue Form or Permit Renewal Form 
    CAA Form AD202P should be used for renewals if the A8-20 does not have the Permit Online privilege
  • Appropriate Fee
  • Appropriate supporting documentation (see "How to Apply" for further information)
  • CAP 553 British Civil Airworthiness Requirements
  • CAP 562 Leaflet B-50 - Check Flights for Continuing Airworthiness Management
  • CAP 632 Operation of 'Permit to Fly' Ex-Military Aircraft on the UK Register
  • CAA Scheme of Charges (Airworthiness, Noise Certification and Aircraft and Aircraft Engine Emissions)
  • SRG 1718 Form (Same Day and Special Delivery Services)

National Permits to Fly - Issues
Online Form - Application for the issue of a permit to fly

National Permits to Fly - Renewals
Permit Online Form

A8-20 Permits to Fly - Renewals
AD202P Application for the renewal of an A8-20 Permit to Fly / Permit Online Form (Account Holder Log On)

How to Apply

Applying for a National Permit to Fly Issue
Completed PtF Issue Form  with the relevant fee

Applying for an A8-20 Permit to Fly Issue
Completed PtF Issue Form with the relevant fee
For ex military aircraft above 2730kg MTOW and all ex military helicopters, an A8-20 E4 report shall be required as part of the issue process.

Applying for a Temporary National Permit to Fly Issue 
Email Applications & Approvals confirming:

  • Aircraft registration
  • Aircraft serial number
  • Aircraft type
  • Departure location and location aircraft is to be flown to
  • The required dates for flight

Applying for a National Permit to Fly Certificate of Validity Renewal
Complete the Permit Renewal Form with the relevant fee
Enclose a request for a temporary national permit to fly for positioning and/or check flight – if required.

Applying for an A8-20 Permit to Fly Certificate of Validity Renewal

A8-20 Organisation with the privilege to issue a CofV 
Access the Permit Renewal area and complete the details.  Download the CofV, ensure it is signed by an approprately approved signatory and forward a copy to the CAA.

A8-20 Organisation without the privilege to issue a CofV
Aircraft Over 2730kg Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) – Complete CAA Form AD202P, together with the appropriate fee and send to Applications and Approvals at the address below.  Organisations holding the privilege to issue a Certificate of Validity may issue a certificate of validity using the Permit Renewal facility.

Aircraft Under 2730kg Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) – If renewal is to be carried out by an approved organisation, CAA Form AD202P, together with the appropriate fee, should be sent to the Applications and Approvals.  If renewal is to be carried out by the CAA, the Permit Renewal Form is to be used.

Please Note: Organisations that do not hold the privilege to issue a Certificate of Validity can complete the application form available via Permit Online Non-Account Holder.

What to Expect

The completed application form, fee and accompanying documentation should be forwarded to Applications and Approvals.

Once a completed application form and applicable fee are received, the application will be reviewed by the technical team.  The applicant may be requested to supply additional information if required which may include a visit by a Regional Office Surveyor.

Contact

Email:          apply@caa.co.uk

Address:    Applications and Approvals 
                  Civil Aviation Authority 
                  Aviation House 
                  Gatwick Airport South 
                  West Sussex 
                  RH6 0YR

Telephone:  01293 768374 (open 08:30 - 17:00)