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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.

What is it?

An exemption under Article 71(1) (EU) Regulation 2018/1139 permits flight in the EU member airspace in case of urgency or an unforeseen situation.

Who can apply?

The aircraft owner, maintenance organisation, continuing airworthiness management organisation (BCAR CAMO) or any individual authorised to act on the aircraft owner’s behalf.

If you’re an individual you can apply as long as your aircraft is registered in the UK.

If you’re an organisation you need to have a UK CAA approval for exemption requests against organisational requirements.

How much does it cost?


For further information about cost, please see the Scheme of Charges.

How long will it take to be processed?

As long as you give us all the required information, you should be issued your exemption in 10 working days after we receive it.

How long is it valid for?

Validity is assessed on a case by case basis .

What do I need to include with my application?

  • Your form completed online
  • Your fee
  • Why you are applying:
    • Unforeseen urgent operational circumstances
    • Operational needs of a limited duration
  • Justifications for the maintained level of safety
  • Full details of the reason you're applying
  • Any supporting documents
    • Type Certificate Holder (TCH) documentation
    • Copy of Airworthiness Directive/ Mandatory Permit Directive
  • Rectification plan

If you need an exemption for a fleet of aircraft we need you to tell us the aircraft type.

If you are applying for a repeat exemption, you need to provide your previous exemption number.

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What happens next?

Once you've paid and submitted your form, your application will be passed for assessment.

At this stage, you may be contacted for further supporting information.

If you are granted the exemption, you will receive a letter and exemption approval.

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