BCAR - Initial Applications

Guidance for organisations or individuals applying for initial BCAR approval

A national approval, British Civil Airworthiness Requirements (BCAR), are issued under the Air Navigation Order and cover design, manufacture, certification, maintenance, continuing airworthiness management and flight testing of aircraft excluded from European Council Regulation (EC) 216/2008, as amended, including those aircraft listed in Annex II (commonly referred to Non-EASA aircraft).

Cost 

Processing time

Correctly completed applications will be processed, acknowledged and passed to the Regional Office for investigation within 10 working days.

Approval certificates will be processed and dispatched within 20 working days following receipt of a recommendation from a CAA regional office.

Validity period  

Once approval is granted, approvals remain valid unless cancelled, suspended or revoked.

You will need to provide

On application

  • Completed form SRG 1741
  • Relevant fee
  • Copy of Certificate of Incorporation from Companies House (not applicable if applicant is trading as an individual or partnership)

On investigation 

  • Company manual
  • Relevant personnel approval forms.
  • For standalone approvals, applicants will need to submit AD458 or AD461 as applicable.    
  • For applicants holding an equivalent EASA approval, the EASA Form 4 may be used providing the post holder and  post held are unchanged
  • AD461
  • AD458

Associated rules, regulations and forms

Guidance when making an application for BCAR A8-23, A8-24 and A8-25 Approvals

Payments can be made by credit or debit card or by bank transfer or with a cheque made payable to the Civil Aviation Authority.
When using bank transfer, it would be helpful if you could please identify what the payment is for by including the receiving department.

How to apply

  • Applicant completes the application form SRG 1741
  • Applicants sends SRG 1741 to the Applications and Approvals section (A&A) with relevant fee and copy of Certificate of Incorporation
  • A&A will process the application and acknowledge within 10 working days
  • A&A will forward a copy of the application to the local CAA regional office.

What to expect

  • A Local CAA regional office will contact the applicant and advise which Surveyor has been nominated to carry out the investigation
  • The applicant submits the Company Manual and relevant personnel approval forms to the regional office Surveyor
  • A Surveyor will carry out an on-site audit and will follow this with a formal notification of all audit items that need corrective action
  • A Surveyor will assess the company manual and personnel approval forms. Interviews with relevant personnel may be required
  • Applicant should address the audit findings and provide written notification of corrective action taken.  Please note that approval cannot be granted until all audit items have been satisfactorily closed
  • Surveyor will assess the organisations proposed corrective actions. Actions will be discussed with the applicant if necessary and, when able to, the Surveyor will close the audit
  • When able to do so, the Surveyor will make a recommendation for the grant of the approval.  The recommendation will be sent to A&A
    A&A will issue the approval certificate and send original to the applicant.

Contact us 

Email:  apply@caa.co.uk

CAA local regional offices

Address:  

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

Telephone: 01293 768374 (open 8.30am to 5pm)