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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.

Processing times for aircraft certification applications

We are seeing an increase in aircraft certification applications (Certificate of Airworthiness, Temporary Permit to Fly and Flight Conditions), due to EU exit and Covid-19 pandemic business continuity planning.

This has presented challenges with meeting the service level agreement of twenty days (five days for Temporary PtF applications) for processing each application, before it is passed on to an available airworthiness surveyor to carry out any required oversight, and the certificate can be issued to the applicant.

We have allocated additional resource to process the application backlog as quickly as possible.

As a result of this increase in overall volumes, we have recently withdrawn the same day/fast track application process for all applications other than:

  • Temporary Permit to Fly – for an AOC AOG aircraft or a State aircraft only
  • Overflight Permission – for operational aircraft only

Applications are being processed in the order that they are received and we are unable to accommodate expedite requests.

While we aim to meet or improve on our service level agreement, however this depends on applications containing all of the required information.

Incomplete applications will result in the possible rejection or the application being put ‘on hold’ due to missing data. This will result in additional time to process the application and the issuing of the required licence or approval certificate.

Application guidance

You need an Export Certificate of Airworthiness (E C of A) to certify that your aircraft conforms to the described type certificate data sheet (TCDS) and is in a condition for safe operation.

The Export C of A does not mean you can fly. You still need a valid C of A, Permit to Fly, or other airworthiness document.

Export of a UK registered Part-21 aircraft to the United States of America, Canada or Brazil

Your aircraft needs to comply with the requirements of the importing authority.

These include:

  • the FAA and / or TCCA and / or ANAC Type Certificate Data Sheet (TDCS)
  • any additional Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) approved by the FAA / TCCA / ANAC
  • all applicable FAA / TCCA / ANAC Airworthiness Directives

You need to provide a statement to confirm the differences in design build standards between the EU and the US/Canada/Brazil. The aircraft manufacturer (Type Certificate holder) is the best source of this information.

If your aircraft doesn't meet these requirements, we will need to contact the FAA / TCCA / ANAC for written confirmation that all 'Exceptions' are acceptable. Without this we can't issue your Export C of A.

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Exporting a UK registered aircraft to any other state

When you are exporting a Part 21 aircraft you need to comply with the requirements set by the importing authority. Any exceptions must be agreed in writing by the importing authority. You need to agree in advance special requirements and derogations from British Civil Airworthiness Requirements (BCARs) and notify us.

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Who can apply?

  • Aircraft owners
  • Operators
  • Pilots
  • Licensed Engineers
  • Approved Organisations
  • Any other un-approved applicants

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.

Additional Charges: Where the cost of the CAA investigations exceeds the application charge payable, the applicant shall pay additional charges to recover those excess costs incurred by the CAA in accordance with the Scheme of Charges.

Payments can be made by credit or debit card or by bank transfer made payable to the Civil Aviation Authority. When making a bank transfer, please instruct your bankers to quote the Application Submission Number, provided at the end of the C of A for Export online form, in the description field.

How Long Does It Take?

The application will be reviewed to determine if Airworthiness Surveyor involvement is required.

The Service Standard for the processing of instructions for your application to our Resource Scheduling Team is 15 working days from receipt of your correctly completed application and clearance of the required fee.

Please note, the application should include all required supporting documents, accepted exceptions, validations and qualifying data.

The applicant will be contacted to arrange date(s) for survey of the aircraft and the associated aircraft records by our Resource Scheduling Team. A Certificate of Airworthiness, Airworthiness Review Certificate and Noise Certificate (if required) will be issued when the aircraft has been shown to meet the applicable requirements and is deemed airworthy.

What else do I need to know?

A Satisfactory Airworthiness Review in accordance with Part M of Regulation (EU) 1321/2014 (M.A.710) or BCAR Section A (A8-25 para 10 or A8-15 para 3) must be completed and a 'Recommendation for the issue of an Export Certificate of Airworthiness' is made for all aircraft exported from the UK before the Export Certificate of Airworthiness can be issued. This should be provided to the CAA before any survey.

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What do I need to include with my application?

  • Completed C of A for Export Online Form
    • Aircraft details
    • Registration
    • Serial number
    • Engine type
    • Propeller type (if applicable)
    • Weights etc.
  • Details of the organisation supporting the application
    (they may be the applicant/presenter or support the organisation/individual presenting the aircraft)
  • Confirmation of the certification status applicable to the aircraft
  • Details of the UK CAA-accepted TCDS reference or AAN approval reference
  • Confirmation of the place of survey
  • Confirmation of the aircraft TCDS compliance
  • Details of any exceptions or derogations against the importing country requirements (if applicable)

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How do I apply?

If an Airworthiness Review recommendation is required to support this application, please use the ARC/NARC recommendation Online Form to submit your application.

Please quote the Application Submission Number, provided at the end of the C of A for Export online form on the ARC/NARC recommendation Online form.

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What happens next?

  • Your application will be passed to the Technical Section for review.
  • Further information to substantiate the application may be required - the Maintenance Organisation or CAMO will usually be the contact for this information.
  • The Resource Scheduling team will arrange for the Regional Office Surveyor to survey the aircraft
  • A Certificate of Airworthiness for Export will be issued when:
    • The physical survey is completed
    • All necessary paperwork is in order
    • The aircraft is airworthy
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