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UK – EU Transition, and UK Civil Aviation Regulations

To access current UK civil aviation regulations, including AMC and GM, CAA regulatory documents, please use this link to UK Regulation. Please note, if you use information and guidance under the Headings below, the references to EU regulations or EU websites in our guidance will not be an accurate information or description of your obligations under UK law. These pages are undergoing reviews and updates.

Issue refers to the new National ARC issued following expiry of the old one, usually following two extensions of the previously issued National ARC.

Who can apply?

A BCAR A8-25 CAMO with the appropriate privilege is able to issue and extend a National ARC regardless of aircraft being in a controlled environment.

A BCAR A8-15 (Iss 7 of CAP 553) approved organisation is able to extend a National ARC following a satisfactory Annual Review or Make a Recommendation for a new National ARC (for aircraft of 2730kg MTOW and below, not being used for Commercial Air Transport or State purposes).

An appropriately Licensed Engineer has the privilege to extend a National ARC following a satisfactory Annual Review (for aircraft of 2730kg MTOW and below, not being used for Commercial Air Transport or State purposes and which are not in a controlled environment).


Applicants must hold the necessary privileges to issue and / or extend.

How much does it cost?

In the event of a discrepancy between the information here and the Official Record Series 5, CAA Scheme of Charges (Airworthiness, Noise Certification and Aircraft and Aircraft Engine Emissions), the Scheme of Charges takes precedence.

Payments can be made by credit or debit card or by bank transfer made payable to the Civil Aviation Authority.

When using bank transfer, make sure you identify what the payment is for by including:

  • the aircraft registration
  • the application type (i.e. National ARC issue)
  • the receiving department

Additional Charges: If the cost of our investigations exceeds the application charge payable, there will be additional charges to recover those excess costs incurred by the CAA in accordance with the Scheme of Charges.

The balance for the excess hourly charge (total hourly charge less initial charge already paid) is payable to the CAA and will be invoiced to you.

How long is it valid for?

12 months unless revoked, suspended or cancelled.

What else do I need to know?

  • An aircraft in a Controlled Environment is one that has been continuously managed by a Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) for 12 months prior to ARC expiry.
  • For orphan aircraft types a valid Type Responsibility Agreement (TRA) must be in place.
  • Aircraft may require a valid Check Flight

All maintenance carried out on the aircraft must have been performed by a suitably approved maintenance organisation, or appropriately licensed engineers or the pilot / owner as appropriate.

  • CAP 553
  • BCAR A3-1 for regulations on CofA
  • BCAR A3-3 and A3-5 for regulations on Check Flights
  • BCAR A6-1 for regulations on Maintenance and Continuing Airworthiness of Non-EASA Aircraft
  • BCAR A8-25 for regulations on the Airworthiness Review
  • Official Record Series 5, CAA Scheme of Charges
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What do I need to include with my application?

Organisations that have the privilege to Issue or Extend National ARC's must send:

  • A copy of the issued National ARC must be sent to Applications & Approvals within 10 days of issue
  • Correct Fee
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How do I apply?

  • Please contact apply@caa.co.uk to request the necessary National ARC templates
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What happens next?

Once the CAA has received the signed National ARC it will displayed on G-INFO within 10 working days.

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