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Please note that, in the event of UK participation in EASA and mutual recognition of licences and certificates ceasing, some CAA website content and application forms may continue to carry the EASA logo or reference the EU or EASA rather than the UK CAA in the short term. These will be updated in due course following the outcome of the transition period negotiations on the long-term aviation relationship between the UK and the EU. In the meantime, the guidance provided and the application forms accessed via the CAA website portal will continue to be valid.
Commission Regulation (EU) 748/2012 Sub-part P allows for the issue of a Permit to Fly to an EASA aircraft when the Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A) is
temporarily invalid or when an aircraft is unable to comply with the regulations set for the issue of a C of A but is
still capable of safe flight under defined conditions.
An EASA Permit to Fly is valid in all EU Member
States, however, national operational, airspace access and use requirements remain applicable.
There are four separate elements that may be required as part of the process that leads to the issue of
an EASA Permit to Fly:
An EASA permanent Permit to Fly may be issued where
an EASA C of A is not appropriate. It may be
required for an indefinite or extended period of time. Permits of this type are normally issued for the purposes
described under Part 21, point 21A.701 (a)15 i.e. for non-commercial flying activity of individual non-complex types
for which a C of A is not considered appropriate.
All applications should include the supporting documentation shown below in the section called 'you will
need to provide'.
The aircraft must be registered in the UK prior to the issue of any Airworthiness Certificate
The aircraft must be registered in the UK prior to the issue of any Airworthiness Certificate and not have been
removed from the register since the last permanent ESA Permit to Fly was issued.
In addition to the requirements listed above for an issue application should include
In the event of a discrepancy between the information here and the Scheme of Charges, the Scheme of Charges takes
Once instructions are lodged with your local Regional Office, you will be contacted to arrange a date for
survey of the aircraft by our Resource Management team. A Permanent EASA Permit to Fly 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 charges
A permanent EASA Permit to Fly shall be valid for one
For Light Sports Aircraft (LSA) please provide copies of the following
The registered owner should complete the relevant form, pay the appropriate fee and supply the relevant supporting documentation.
Once a completed application form and applicable fee are received, your application will be reviewed. You may be requested to supply additional information if required.
Permanent EASA Permit to Fly - Issues & Renewals
A Check Flight may be required, in accordance with CAA Safety Notice SN-213/011. If required, an application for the issue of a temporary EASA Permit to Fly should be made.
Instructions to survey the aircraft will be processed to the Regional Office and you will be contacted to arrange a date for survey of the aircraft. A Permanent EASA Permit to Fly will be issued when the aircraft has been shown to meet the applicable requirements and is deemed airworthy.
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