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This page offers guidance to appropriately approved organisations making recommendations to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for the issue of an Airworthiness Review Certificate (ARC) for UK registered Part 21 aircraft.

ARC recommendations can only be made by the following appropriately approved organisations:

  • UK CAA approved Part-CAMO Organisations with ARC privileges on the aircraft type.
  • UK CAA approved Part-CAO Organisations with ARC privileges on the aircraft type.

How do I apply?

To make a recommendation to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for the issue of an Airworthiness Review Certificate (ARC):

  • Complete and submit the online application form.
  • Attach the requested documents to the form.
  • Pay the correct fee.
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How much does it cost?

The fee for making a recommendation to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for the issue of an Airworthiness Review Certificate (ARC) depends on several factors, including whether the aircraft is being operated on an Air Operator Certificate (AOC), and the aircraft maximum take-off mass. The fee will automatically be calculated following completion of the online application form.

The Official Record Series 5, CAA Scheme of Charges (Airworthiness, Noise Certification and Aircraft and Aircraft Engine Emissions) provides further details.

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What do I need to send with my application?

Part-CAMO and Part-CAO organisations will need to provide the following information:

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What else do I need to know?

The Online Airworthiness review certificates (ARC) recommendation form requires the following information to be completed. If any information is missing, incorrect, or inaccurate, the application may be rejected or put on hold pending confirmation of the correct information.

  • Aircraft details (registration, type, serial number, engine(s), propeller(s) (if applicable), weights, total flying hours and associated cycles).
  • Organisation / operator details.
  • Date of last flight.
  • Flight manual reference and latest revision status.
  • All the maintenance due on the aircraft pursuant to the approved maintenance programme has been carried out.
  • CAA approved maintenance programme reference number, issue and amendment or revision number.
  • All known defects have been corrected or, when applicable, carried forward in a controlled manner in accordance with M.A.403.
  • All applicable airworthiness directives have been applied and properly registered.
  • All modifications and repairs applied to the aircraft have been registered and are approved in accordance with M.A.304.
  • All service life limited parts and time-controlled components installed on the aircraft are properly identified, registered and have not exceeded their approved service life limit.
  • Maintenance has been released in accordance with Part M requirements.
  • The current mass and balance statement must be valid and reflect the configuration of the aircraft.
  • The aircraft complies with the latest revision of its type design approved by the CAA.

If an ARC recommendation is required to support an application for the issue of a Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA), or, Certificate of Airworthiness for Export, please complete the CofA online application form or the CofA Export online application form (as appropriate) before completing the Recommendation for Issue of an Airworthiness Review Certificate online form, as you will need to quote the application submission number given at the end of the CofA or CofA for Export online application.

UK Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 and the associated Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material provide further information on the requirements applicable to Airworthiness Reviews and the issue of ARCs.

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What happens next?

  • The application is processed and reviewed.
  • The organisation or person making the recommendation will be advised if any discrepancies are raised and these will need to be rectified before the application can proceed.
  • The ARC is created.
  • The ARC is posted to the return address provided and G-INFO is updated.

If upon review of the recommendation it is determined that a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Surveyor should complete an airworthiness review, you will be contacted by the resource scheduling team who will schedule the visit for the surveyor to conduct the review. Once satisfied, the surveyor will issue the Airworthiness Review Certificate (ARC).

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How long is valid for?

An Airworthiness Review Certificate (ARC) is normally valid for 12 months from the date of issue. However, if the current ARC has not expired, provided the Airworthiness Review and recommendation were made within 90 days of the current ARC expiry date, the new expiry date will be 12 months from the previous expiry date and not the date of issue.

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