Airworthiness requirements for non-EASA aircraft.
With effect from 10 August 2012 current UK regulations will change to align British Civil Airworthiness Requirements (BCAR) Section A with European regulations. The changes apply to aircraft excluded from European Council Regulation (EC) 216/2008, including those aircraft listed in Annex II, commonly referred to Non-EASA aircraft.
These changes will apply to non-EASA aircraft that operate on a Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA). As of 10 August 2012, the CAA will work towards issuing a non-expiring CofA and a National Airworthiness Review Certificate (N ARC) for each aircraft. This will be carried out when the current CofA is presented for renewal. From 10 August 2012, there will no longer be an option to renew a CofA for 3 years.
After receipt of your non-expiring CofA and initial N ARC, the N ARC can be extended for two years, after which time a full airworthiness review will be required prior to a new N ARC being issued.
The changes affect the BCAR approvals for organisations that maintain aircraft and introduce a new approval for BCAR Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisations (BCAR CAMO). Information on these changes can be found on the BCAR organisations page.
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.
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 approval for this purpose.
Non-military State aircraft, those used for commercial air transport, or public 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, for those aircraft below 2730kg the annual review can also be carried out by an A8-15 (M3) organisation, or an appropriately licensed engineer.
For aircraft below 2730kg MTOW, maintenance may be performed by M1, M2 (A8-24) or independent certifying staff.