In accordance with Regulation (EC) 748/2012, all EASA aircraft types that qualify for an EASA Certificate of
Airworthiness (CofA) are issued with a non-expiring CofA, validated annually with an Airworthiness Review Certificate
(ARC). This annual validation will be either the issue of a new ARC or an Extension of the validity of the current
The CAA has determined that some aircraft types are required to meet Additional Requirements for Importation (ARI)
prior to the issue of a Certificate of Airworthiness.
If a concession is required please advise the Shared Service Centre when you apply.
There are currently three methods by which an EASA Certificate of Airworthiness and ARC can be issued.
For used aircraft being imported from outside the EU a check flight is required to support the airworthiness
Note: The term Certificate of Airworthiness in the context of this information include aircraft
that qualify for a ‘Restricted Certificate of Airworthiness’.(R CofA)
In order to successfully make an application you must provide:
Please note: The aircraft must be registered in the UK prior to the issue of any Airworthiness
As required by Commission Regulation (EU) No 1079/2012, all new aircraft issued with an individual
Certificate of Airworthiness after 17 November 2013, which have VHF radios fitted, are required to have a radio with an
8.33KHz channel spacing. It is the owners / operators responsibility to ensure that the aircraft is appropriately
equipped with such a radio.
Please use our EASA Fee Calculator for details of the current charges.
In the event of a discrepancy between the information here and the Scheme of Charges, the Scheme of Charges takes precedence.
In accordance with Part M of Regulation (EU) 1321/2014, all EASA aircraft types that qualify for an EASA Certificate
of Airworthiness (C of A) are issued with a non-expiring C of A, validated annually with an Airworthiness Review
The application shall be reviewed to determine if Regional Office surveyor involvement is required.
The Service Standard for the processing of instructions for your application to your local Regional Office is 15
working days from receipt of your correctly completed application and fee. The applicant will be contacted to arrange a
date for survey of the aircraft by our Resource Scheduling team. A Certificate of Airworthiness, Airworthiness Review
Certificate and Noise Certificate (if required) will be issued when the aircraft has been shown to meet the
applicable requirements and is deemed airworthy.
Same day, special delivery and other customised services are available at an additional cost. This service is on
request, which should be made at the time of initial application. Documents are worked to a same day turnaround from
receipt of customer request by 11:00 to completion of the processing of the application by 16:30 on the same working
day. The customer will be able to collect the documents by 16:30 on the same day or the documents shall be sent by
Royal Mail special delivery, where this is included in the service.
View same day, special and customised delivery
A Satisfactory Airworthiness Review in accordance with Part M of Regulation (EU) 1321/2014 (M.A.710) must be completed and a Recommendation for an ARC issue made for all aircraft imported from outside the EU prior to the issue of the Certificate of Airworthiness. This should be provided to the CAA prior to any survey.
Any New aircraft which has been imported into the UK with a EASA Form 52 or Export Certificate of Airworthiness which has not had the UK certificate of Airworthiness issued within 60 days of import will require a Satisfactory Airworthiness Review in accordance with Part M of Regulation (EU) 1321/2014 (M.A.710) and a Recommendation for an ARC issue made. This should be provided to the CAA prior to any survey.
* Mandatory information required
Please use the C of A Online Form to submit your application and payment.
A Direct Issue can only be considered for a new aircraft that has not yet moved from the manufacturer. An indirect issue can only be considered for a newly manufactured non-complex aircraft types excluding multi-engine helicopters.
A lead time of at least four weeks notice is required. Direct / Indirect Issue is carried out at the discretion of the CAA. If you believe a direct / indirect issue may be possible please contact the Shared Service Centre to discuss this in further detail. The CAA reserves the right to revert any application to 'Surveyor Involvement' at their discretion.
To apply for the issue of an EASA Certificate of Airworthiness using the Direct / Indirect Issue process:
At this stage it may be identified that the application may be considered for a Direct Issue.
We cannot accept an aircraft for Direct / Indirect Issue if any of the following are applicable:
Read all @UK_CAA
UK airports show big rise in help for disabled passengers
13 July, 2018
Only use approved commercial drone users or you could be out of pocket – warns CAA
24 May, 2018
Airspace change process for Glasgow Airport
4 April, 2018
Read all News
International women in engineering day
22 June, 2017
Mandatory occurrence reporting
7 December, 2016
Guidance for flying drones
17 May, 2016
Read All Blogs