Ferry, Test and Positioning Flights

Application and guidance information regarding ferry, test and positioning flights

CAA Regulated Aircraft

A UK Regulated aircraft to be exported can usually use a valid Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) for flight to the place of delivery.

The importing state may be prepared to accept the aircraft without a valid UK CofA in force. Generally, the aircraft will transfer onto the register of the importing state and fly on a document issued by them.

Alternatively, the CofA and Export Certificates can be issued simultaneously.

For aircraft without a valid CofA due to modification, an Export Certificate containing derogations may be issued. The derogations specify the differences between the current aircraft standard and that of the Type Certificate. Acceptance must be sought from the importing state before flight.

To import an aircraft for the purpose of obtaining a UK CofA, the simplest method is to do so under the registration mark and valid CofA or Permit to Fly issued by the exporting state. Alternatively, the aircraft could be shipped in a container.

It may be possible for the aircraft to be issued with a UK CofA while still in the exporting country. A CAA Surveyor will travel to the aircraft to perform the necessary inspections and assessments. This will incur additional costs above the application fee.

Schedule 2 of the Air Navigation Order 2009 recognises the need for aircraft to fly without a valid CofA. Conditions have been set for flight in these circumstances.


 

EASA Regulated Aircraft

An EASA regulated aircraft to be exported can usually use a valid CofA for flight to the place of delivery.

The importing state may be prepared to accept the aircraft without a valid CofA, if so; an EASA Permit to Fly will be required.

To import an aircraft for the purpose of obtaining an EASA CofA, the simplest method is to do so under the registration mark and valid CofA or Permit to Fly issued by the exporting state. Alternatively, the aircraft could be shipped in a container.

If it is a new aircraft and EASA Form 52 has been issued, the CAA can issue a dated CofA for Ferry. The full certificate may then be issued upon the return of the aircraft to the UK.

It may be possible for the aircraft to be issued with an EASA CofA while still in the exporting country. A CAA Surveyor will travel to the aircraft to perform the necessary inspections and assessments. This will incur additional costs above the application fee.

EASA regulated aircraft are not permitted to make test or positioning flights without a valid CofA or Permit to Fly.


 

Damaged Aircraft

An out of hours helpline has been established to provide emergency advice and assistance. Please note that charges will be made for any documentation raised as a result of this assistance.


Applying for an Export CofA

CAA Form CA1241, together with the appropriate fee, should be sent to the Applications and Approvals Department. Details of costs can be found in the CAA Scheme of Charges - Airworthiness, Noise Certification and Aircraft and Aircraft Engine Emissions.


 

Credit/Debit Card Payments

The Applications and Approvals Department are now able to accept Credit and Debit card payments. Please refer to Form FCS1500 and follow the instructions detailed.

 


 

 

Further Information

Ferry Flight for Light Aircraft with Unapproved Minor Modifications Installed

Fee Calculator

Service Standards

Special Approvals