EASA Permits to Fly (Temporary)

Application and guidance information regarding Permits to Fly for EASA regulated aircraft

Commission Regulation (EU) 748/2012 Subpart P allows for the issue of a Permit to Fly to an EASA aircraft when the Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) is temporarily invalid or when an aircraft is unable to comply with the regulations set for the issue of a CofA but is still capable of safe flight under defined conditions.

There are four separate elements that may be required as part of the process that leads to the issue of an EASA Permit to Fly:

  • The application for approval of Flight Conditions
  • The application for a Permit to Fly
  • The approval of the Flight Conditions
  • The issue of the EASA Permit to Fly

An EASA Permit to Fly is valid in all EU Member States. However, national operational airspace access and use requirements remain applicable.

Who can apply

  • Registered Aircraft Owners
  • Maintenance Organisations
  • Part 21 Design or Production Approved Organisations
  • Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisations (CAMOs)
  • Individuals authorised by the Aircraft Owner

NOTE:  For permanent EASA Permit to Fly aircraft the application for a Temporary EASA Permit to Fly must be made by the Registered Aircraft Owner.

Cost

Application typeFee
Where a CAMO, or Part-21 approved organisation, issues the permit to fly under the privileges of their approval and notifies the CAA accordingly, the CAMO, or Part-21 approved organisation.£26.00

Where the CAMO, or Part-21 approved organisation, holding permit to fly privileges, requests CAA approval of non-design related flight conditions. 

£87.00

Where an application is made for the CAA to issue a Permit to Fly, enclosing EASA approved design-related Flight Conditions where applicable. 

£139.00
Where an application is made to the CAA for the approval of non-design related Flight Conditions and the issue of a permit to fly concurrently, the applicant shall pay to the CAA a charge of £199; or £199.00
Where the aircraft owner or operator makes a direct application for an exemption to the CAA, where unforeseen urgent operational circumstances apply, as defined by Article 14.4 of EC Regulation 216/2008, and the CAA is required to approve design-related Flight Conditions.£946.00

Please refer to ORS 5 3.4.2.

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. 

See the 'Associated rules, regulations and forms' section below for further details on same day services.

Processing Time

The Service Standard for the issue of a temporary permit to fly (including approval of non design related Flight Conditions) is 5 working days from receipt of a completed application and appropriate fee.

Pre-Requistes

  • The aircraft must be registered in the UK and either hold, or be in the process of gaining an EASA Certificate of Airworthiness or EASA Enduring Permit to Fly. 

Validity Period

  • You will be required to supply a validity period while completing the application. 
  • Temporary permits are usually issued for less than a month, but you should allow enough time for the flight to be conducted, taking into account weather conditions etc

You will need to provide

In all cases

  • A completed online application for the issue of a temporary EASA Permit to Fly and/or non design flight conditions.
  • Confirmation of the purpose of flight (in accordance with Part 21 21.A.701(a)
  • Confirmation of whether the aircraft has any;
    • Overdue Airworthiness Directives
    • Overdue Service Life Limits
    • Overdue Airworthiness Limitation Items
    • Overdue Certification Maintenance Requirements
    • Overdue Critical Design Configuration Control Limitations
    • Unapproved modifications or repairs
    • Damage outside approved limitations
    • Defects outside the MEL or other appropriate document.

Along with a description of the issue, and in the case of overdue items, how much the item is overdue.

You will also need to send

  • Details of the approved organisation or authorised individual who is supporting the application if they are not the applicant.
  • For those approved organisations or authorised individuals holding EASA approval outside the UK, a copy of the approval document shall be required.
  • Confirmation and details  of the Certification type for the aircraft(e.g.TCDS, SAS, AAN)
  • Details of the CAA Approved Maintenance Programme.
  • Confirmation of who (either organisation or individual) will be issuing the aircraft the Certificate of Release to Service (for EASA Permanent Permit aircraft – details of the individual holding the valid CAA Permit Maintenance Release Authorisation shall be required)
  • Details of any maintenance or actions to be carried out to ensure safe flight
  • Departure and Destination location, with space to list any intermediate stops
  • Target dates for flight

In addition, for the issue of an EASA temporary Permit to Fly with EASA (or Part 21J) approved Flight Conditions:

  • Copy of EASA (or Part 21J) approved Flight Conditions (EASA Form 18b or 18a)
  • Copy of any documentation referred to in EASA Form 18b or 18a
  • Relevant fee

If the application requires the approval of non design related Flight Conditions:

  • Justification to demonstrate that the aircraft can perform the intended flight(s) safely under the defined conditions
  • If you cannot confirm that

    ‘The flight conditions have been established and justified in accordance with 21A.708. and the aircraft has no features and characteristics making it unsafe for the intended operation under the identified conditions and restrictions.’ 

    you must supply a statement from a suitably approved individual confirming the above, along with the individual’s name, Company name (if an Approved Organisation), approval reference or Part 66 license number (if applicable), date and a signature.
    .

Establishing compliance with the conditions of an EASA Permit to Fly

Before a flight is made with an EASA Permit to Fly in force, a Certificate of Release to Service (CRS) must be issued in accordance with Part M M.A.801 or Part 21 21A.163. The CRS must contain sufficient information for the organisation issuing the Permit to Fly to be able to verify that all required maintenance has been accomplished, that the aircraft conforms to the approved flight conditions and that it is in a condition for safe operation.

Urgent Operational Need

In exceptional circumstances of demonstrated operational need, the CAA will consider issuing an exemption from the requirement for EASA approved flight conditions. Under these circumstances the following provisions apply:

1) An application for approval of the Flight Conditions has already been made to EASA.
2) EASA are unable to approve the Flight Conditions within 24 hours. 

Note: a copy of the EASA Form 37 and 18b application that were sent to EASA for approval of Safety of Design related Flight Conditions should be sent to the CAA.

An application for the issue of an Exemption will be required under the provisions of Regulation (EC) 216/2008 Article 14(4).

Associated Rules, Regulations and Forms

  • Commission Regulation (EC) 216/2008 Article 14(4)
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 748/2012, Subpart P (EASA Permit to Fly)
  • CAP 562 Leaflet C-60

How to apply

  • Complete and submit the online application form, including the required information detailed under 'You will need to provide' (above).

What to expect

Once a completed application form and applicable fee are received, the application will be reviewed.  The applicant may be requested to supply additional information if required.

The EASA temporary permit to fly (and approved non design related Flight conditions if appropriate) will be issued and forwarded to the applicant via email, with the first print of the documents deemed as the originals, once the CAA are satisfied that the aircraft is capable of safe flight under the defined conditions.

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 to 17:00)