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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.

EU exit

Please note that, in the event of UK participation in EASA and mutual recognition of licences and certificates ceasing, some CAA website content and application forms may continue to carry the EASA logo or reference the EU or EASA rather than the UK CAA in the short term.

These will be updated in due course following the outcome of the transition period negotiations on the long-term aviation relationship between the UK and the EU. In the meantime, the guidance provided and the application forms accessed via the CAA website portal will continue to be valid

The CAA may issue a National Permit to Fly when it is satisfied on the basis of its own investigations, that in respect of its design and construction and all other relevant matters, an aircraft meets the foregoing requirements.

The Permit to Fly will include any conditions and limitations under which the aircraft must be flown and in certain cases any relevant maintenance requirements that are to be met. The CAA may restrict the number of occupants that may be carried in the aircraft operating in accordance with a Permit to Fly.

A Permit to Fly issued in accordance with BCAR CAP 553 Chapter A3-7, other than for ferry or test purposes will be rendered valid by the periodic issue of a Certificate of Validity.

Temporary National Permits to Fly

A Permit to Fly for Ferry may be required for the transport of an aircraft without a valid Permit to Fly. This is usually granted when the aircraft must travel for maintenance and repair or for the aircraft to be placed into long term storage.

A Permit to Fly for Test is required to test a newly installed modification or repair.

For non-Part 21 Certificate of Airworthiness aircraft (Annex II and “state” aircraft), there is no requirement for the issue of a temporary National Permit to fly because “A” and “B” Conditions remain in force for these aircraft which allow them to fly for the purposes of ferry, revalidation of a C of A and flight testing etc provided the flight is solely within UK Airspace.

Who can apply?

National Permits to Fly - Issues & Renewals

  • Registered Aircraft Owner
  • Maintenance Organisation
  • Operator
  • Any individual authorised by the aircraft owner

Temporary National Permits to Fly

  • Registered Aircraft Owner
  • Maintenance Organisation
  • Any individual authorised by the Aircraft Owner
  • Operator

A8-20 Permit to Fly

  • An Organisation approved in accordance with BCAR A8-20
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Pre-requisites


National Permits to Fly - Issues

The aircraft must be fully registered on the UK register

Temporary National Permits to Fly

The aircraft must be on the UK register and either have qualified for/or be in the process of qualifying for a UK National Permit to Fly or UK National Certificate of Airworthiness.

National Permits to Fly - Renewals

The aircraft must be fully registered on the UK register, have previously held a UK CAA National Permit to Fly which has not expired by more than 12 months.

A8-20 Permits to Fly - Renewals

The aircraft will be of military origin with the Maintenance Organisation approved under BCAR Section A, Chapter A8-20. The renewal must be submitted by an approved the A8-20 organisation with the privilege to issue a Certificate of Validity.

If the A8-20 organisation holds the appropriate privilege, they may use the Permit Online Form to renew the C of V.

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How much does it cost?

Aircraft weight Non-expiring permit to fly and initial issue of Certificate of Validity Annual renewal of Certificate of Validity People / Organisations approved by the CAA to issue National Permit to Fly Certificates of Validity renewals online
Aircraft up to 500kg £560.00 £280.00 £222.00
Aircraft between 501kg and 2730kg £1,036.00 £518.00 £414.00
Aircraft over 2730kg £1,374.00 £687.00 £549.00

Temporary National Permits to Fly

When applying for the issue of a temporary national permit to fly where the national certificate of airworthiness is temporarily invalid, there is a charge of £215.

In the event of a discrepancy between the information here and the Scheme of Charges, the Scheme of Charges (Airworthiness, Noise Certification and Aircraft and Aircraft Engine Emissions) takes precedence

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Same day, special delivery and customised services

The CAA has developed the same day, special delivery and other customised services to include additional products and areas. These services are optional and do not affect our standard Code of Practice time-scales.

These services offer an accelerated turnaround where requested by an individual, organisation or owner due to an operational or business need. These services must be requested at the time of initial application and will be processed subject to our receipt of all necessary documentation, fees and charges being paid on application and the terms and conditions detailed below.

All fees shown below are in addition to the fee for the service as prescribed in the Scheme of Charges being in force at the time of application. This information is divided into sections as follows:

How do I apply?

Issue of an A8-20 Permit to Fly

  • Complete and submit the Permit to Fly issue form with the relevant fee
  • For ex military aircraft above 2730kg MTOW and all ex military helicopters, an A8-20 E4 report shall be required as part of the issue process.
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Issue of a Temporary National Permit to Fly

Email apply@caa.co.uk confirming:

  • Aircraft registration
  • Aircraft serial number
  • Aircraft type
  • Departure location and location aircraft is to be flown to
  • The required dates for flight
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Renew a National Permit to Fly Certificate of Validity

  • Complete and submit the Permit Renewal form with the relevant fee
  • Include a request for a temporary national permit to fly for positioning and / or check flight if required
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Renew an A8-20 Permit to Fly Certificate of Validity

A8-20 Organisations with the privilege to issue a C of V

  • Access the Permit Renewal area and complete the details.
  • Download the C of V, ensure it is signed by an appropriately approved signatory and forward a copy to the CAA.

A8-20 Organisation without the privilege to issue a C of V

For Aircraft Over 2730kg Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW)
  • Complete CAA Form AD202P, together with the appropriate fee and send to the address below.
  • Organisations holding the privilege to issue a Certificate of Validity may issue a certificate of validity using the Permit Renewal facility.
Aircraft Under 2730kg Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW)
  • If the renewal is to be carried out by an approved organisation, CAA Form AD202P, together with the appropriate fee, should be sent to the address below.
  • If the renewal is to be carried out by the CAA, please use the the Permit Renewal Form.

Please note: Organisations that do not hold the privilege to issue a Certificate of Validity can complete the application form available via Permit Online Non-Account Holder.

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What happens next?

  • Your application will be reviewed by the technical team.
  • You may be asked to supply additional information and this could include a visit by a CAA Surveyor.
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