BCAR

Application and guidance information regarding the BCAR Approval of Organisations located in the UK

With effect from 10 August 2012 changes to British Civil Airworthiness Requirements (BCAR) became applicable to align the process for National Certificates of Airworthiness (CofA) with that of EASA CofA and Airworthiness Review Certificates (ARC’s).

Additionally, from 1st April 2013, holders of BCAR A8-20 (M5) approvals have the option to make an application to change the privileges of their approval to allow them to issue Certificates of Validity to revalidate National Permits to Fly instead of making a recommendation to the CAA.

It is also proposed that the privilege to issue a Certificate of Validity to revalidate a Permit to Fly for aircraft that are not required to be maintained under A8-20 (M5) will be extended to all A8-15 (M3) Approved Organisations.

These changes will enable organisations to maintain / manage aircraft excluded from European Council Regulation (EC) 216/2008, as amended, including those aircraft listed in Annex II (commonly referred to Non-EASA aircraft) and recommend the issue of non-expiring National Certificates of Airworthiness and National Airworthiness Review Certificates for these aircraft types.

  • A8-15 (M3) approval for Aeroplanes and Rotorcraft not exceeding 2730kg is revised to provide National ARC privileges and application may be made for the privilege to issue a Certificate of Validity to revalidate a Permit to Fly for aircraft that are not required to be maintained under A8-20 (M5).

  • A8-20 (M5) approval holders may make application for the privilege to issue Certificates of Validity to revalidate National Permits to Fly instead of making a recommendation to the CAA.

  • A8-23 (M1) is for organisations approved for the maintenance of non-EASA aircraft

  • A8-24 (M2) is for organisations responsible for maintenance of non-EASA aircraft below 5700kg MTOW and single engine helicopters, not used for commercial air transport or state purposes.

  • A8-25 (BCAR CAMO) is for continuing airworthiness management organisations for non-EASA aircraft.

  • A8-18 (M4) Airships has been deleted.

  • A6-2 and A6-7, Continuing Airworthiness Responsibilities of the Operator. These are being combined into A6-1, Maintenance and Continuing Airworthiness of Non-EASA Aircraft

Until 10 August 2013

National Airworthiness Review Certificates (N ARC) initial recommendations, in support of an application for a non-expiring CofA, may be made by organisations holding appropriate existing A8-15 or A8-3 Supplement 2 approvals.

From 11 August 2013 onwards

The recommendation for the initial issue of a National ARC may only be made by a BCAR CAMO (A8-25) or an M3 (A8-15) organisation that holds appropriate privilege for this purpose.

  • State aircraft, large aircraft and those used for commercial air transport are to be managed by an A8-25 BCAR CAMO and maintained by an A8-23 (M1) organisation.
  • Remaining CofA aircraft may have their continuing airworthiness managed by a BCAR CAMO or they can have an annual review performed by a CAMO or an A8-15 (M3) organisation.
  • For aircraft below 2730kg MTOW, maintenance may be performed by M1/ M2 organisations or independent certifying staff.

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