• Non-EASA or "Annex II" aircraft

    Non-EASA aircraft are also known as "Annex II" aircraft, as they are listed in Annex II of the Basic Regulation, the European legislation upon which flight crew licensing is based. Currently, Annex II includes:

    • Microlight aeroplanes
    • Light gyroplanes
    • Amateur build aircraft
    • Ex-military aircraft
    • Foot-launched aircraft
    • Vintage aircraft that meet specific criteria for date of design and manufacture
    • Aircraft built or modified for scientific or novel purposes

    The classification of an individual aircraft registered in Europe is shown on the Certificate of Airworthiness or Permit to Fly for that aircraft.

    Details of particular aircraft can be found on our registration database, G-INFO.

    More detailed information on these categories can be found in annex II to Regulation 216/2008 (EASA Basic regulation), as follows:

    • Non-complex, historic aircraft, whose initial design was established before 1 January 1955 and production stopped before 1 January 1975.
    • Aircraft with a clear historic relevance, related to a noteworthy historic event, a major aviation development or that played a major role in the armed forces of a member state.
    • Aircraft specifically designed for research, experimental or scientific purposes, likely to be few in number.
    • Aircraft where at least 51% is built by an amateur or non-profit making association, for their own use without any commercial reason.
    • Military service aircraft that have not had a design standard adopted by the Agency.
    • Aeroplanes, helicopters and powered parachutes that do not have more than two seats, a maximum take-off mass of no more than as follows, and, for aeroplanes, having the stall or steady flight speed in land configuration not exceeding 35 knots calibrated airspeed:
      • 300 kg for a single-seater land plane/helicopter
      • 450 kg for a two-seater land plane/helicopter
      • 330 kg for a single-seater amphibian or floatplane/helicopter
      • 495 kg for a two-seater amphibian or floatplane/helicopter, that also falls below both maximum take-off masses, when operating as a float or land plane/helicopter.
      • 472.5 kg for a two-seater land plane with an airframe mounted total recovery parachute system
      • 315 kg for a single-seater land plane with an airframe mounted total recovery parachute system
      • Single and two-seater gyroplanes with a maximum take-off mass of no more than 560 kg
    • Gliders with an empty mass of no more than 80 kg for a single-seater or 100 kg for a two-seater, including foot launched gliders
    • Replicas of the following, where the structural design is similar:
      • Non-complex, historic aircraft, whose initial design was established before 1 January 1955 and production stopped before 1 January 1975
      • Aircraft with a clear historic relevance, related to a noteworthy historic event, a major aviation development or that played a major role in the armed forces of a member state.
      • Military service aircraft that have not had a design standard adopted by the Agency.
    • Unmanned aircraft with an operating mass below 150 kg
    • Any other aircraft with a maximum empty mass, including fuel, or no more than 70 kg