ELA1 Aircraft

European Light Aircraft

European Light Aircraft (ELA 1) aircraft are:

  • an aeroplane, sailplane or powered sail plane with a Maximum Take Off Mass (MTOM) less than 1200 kg that is not classified as a complex motor-powered aircraft;
  • a balloon with a maximum design lifting gas or hot air volume of not more than 3400 m3 for hot air balloons, 1050 m3 for gas balloons, 300 m3 for tethered gas balloons; or
  • an airship designed for not more than two occupants and a maximum design lifting gas of hot air volume of not more than 2500 m3 for hot air airships and 1000 m3 for gas airships.



Part M Subpart I M.A.901(g) enables suitably approved UK Part 66 Licensed Aircraft Engineers (LAE) to recommend to the CAA, the re-issue of an Airworthiness Review Certificate (ARC) on ELA1 aircraft, not used for commercial air transport, when approved to do so by the CAA.

Please Note:

Recommendations for individual aircraft can only be made by an ELA1 approved engineer for two consecutive years, after which the next ARC issue must be performed by a suitably approved (Part M Subpart G with ARC privileges) CAMO.

I would like to...

...apply for ELA Approval

...recommend the ARC for an ELA1 aircraft using my approval

...find out more about ELA1 category aircraft and what it means for my aircraft



Service Standards

Same Day Service