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BCAR Section A, A8-10 Approval of Welders require each Welder Approval Holder to renew this approval on a 12 month basis via completion of check examinations. In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, the Civil Aviation Authority ('the CAA'), has varied these requirements on a temporary basis.
The Civil Aviation Authority ('the CAA'), on behalf of the United Kingdom, hereby varies the validity requirements as laid down in CAP 553 BCAR Section A of holders of A8-10 Welder Approvals issued in accordance with Chapter A8-10 para 3.1.2 and para 3.1.1.
For Welder Approvals where the regular check examination requirement is to be completed within 12 months is hereby varied to 16 months. For any CAA issued Welder Approval Certificate, the validity period is extended by 4 months from the date of expiry listed on the certificate.
This policy will expire on 30 November 2020 where all approvals must be renewed with the applicable check examinations carried out and the normal 12 month periodicity restored.
CAP 553 - BCAR Section A - Airworthiness Procedures where the CAA has Primary Responsibility for Type Approval of the Product
Welders shall prepare and weld appropriate test sample(s) in accordance with BCAR
The test sample(s) shall be submitted to a UKAS Accredited Test House for examination together with full particulars of
the welder concerned, materials used, details of any post-welding treatment and identification marks on the test
Upon receiving from the Test House an Approved Test Certificate indicating successful test results on the sample(s)
the welder shall forward the original copy of the Approved Test Certificate to the CAA.
Please refer to the Scheme of Charges (Airworthiness, Noise Certification and Aircraft and
Aircraft Engine Emissions).
The service standard for the issue of a Welders Approval Certificate is ten working days from receipt of a completed
application and appropriate fee.
Approvals are valid for one calendar year from the issue date on the test certificate as issued by the UKAS Accredited Test House. The date of issue on the approval certificate is not indicative of the validity of the certificate.
Once all of the
requirements have been met, your application
can be forwarded to the CAA either via email to ELDWEB@caa.co.uk, or by post to:
Engineer Licensing – SSCAviation HouseBeehive Ring RoadCrawleyWest SussexRH6 0YR
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