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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.


Organisations should have their principal place of business in the UK.

Organisations with their principal place of business located outside the UK, should apply for a UK Third Country Approval.

Organisations needing to change a Registered Company or Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Number will require a new initial approval as it cannot be classed as a change to an existing approval. See CAP 562, Leaflet C-30 for further information.

If adding an aircraft which falls within a generic aircraft group that you already hold on your approval certificate (e.g. piston engine aeroplanes – metal structure not exceeding 5700 kg), then you should email an exposition amendment to apply@caa.co.uk or attach/upload the draft exposition to the online application form (where applicable). Please do not send to your surveyor directly as it will delay your application processing.

How much does it cost?

See the Official Record Series 5, CAA Scheme of Charges.

If you apply for an initial approval with multiple ratings under the same approval type, you must include a payment relating to the charge for the highest rating applied for, e.g. a Part 145 application for ratings A2, A3 and B1 would attract a single charge for the highest rating, being the B1, as per the Scheme of Charges.

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.

How long will it take for my application to be processed?

  • When the Organisation Approvals team receive the recommendation from Airworthiness confirming the organisation has achieved the required standard, the approval certificates will be raised and sent to your organisation within 20 working days.

How long is it valid for?

  • Once granted, a Part 145 approval requires a recommendation for continuation every 24 months from the date of initial issue. This is raised by the CAA Surveyor following a satisfactory audit programme.

What do I need to include with my application?

  • A completed application form submitted by an Authorised Representative of the Company, e.g. the proposed Accountable Manager.

    (Aircraft ratings should be listed as per Part-66 Appendix 1 listing. At this time, the Part 66 listing does not include Sailplanes, Powered Sailplanes or Balloons. In this case, use the aircraft type designation specified on the Type Certificate Data Sheet.)
  • A minimum of one CAA Form 4 for key personnel i.e. Quality Manager. Additional Form 4s may be requested by your allocated CAA surveyor. Please ensure that the CAA policy on fitness of character is fully understood before submission of an application. Additional Form 4s may be requested by your allocated CAA surveyor.

  • A draft copy of the Maintenance Organisation Exposition (MOE)
    • See EASA document UG.CAO.00024 and associated CAA guidance
  • A completed MOA compliance checklist
  • A completed Regulation (EU) No 376/2014 as retained(and amended in UK domestic law) under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 Compliance Checklist
  • A draft copy of the Capability List if not included within the (MOE)
  • A completed SRG1760 form (Principal Place of Business Key Facts form) if your organisation is trading as a registered company
  • A completed organisation Internal Audit Report (including objective evidence) to confirm the organisation is complaint and ready for the CAA audit
  • A copy of the company Certificate of Incorporation if your organisation is trading as a registered company
  • Payment of the relevant fee
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How do I apply?

  • Complete the Part 145 online application form.
  • Unfortunately, our online application form is limited to only letting organisations add up to 6 types on the application form. In cases where organisations wish to add more types, we kindly request that you submit your application online with as much detail as you can, and then follow up with an email listing all of the types you want on your approval. The email should be sent to apply@caa.co.uk and should quote the online application reference number.
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What happens next?

  • An automated email receipt following submission of your online application form.
  • An e-mail to confirm your provisional Part 145 approval number normally within 10 working days.
  • The CAA Resource Management Team will contact you to arrange for a Surveyor to carry out an on-site audit.
  • Any questions regarding the scheduling of your on site visit can be directed to the Resource Management Team at 0330-0221908.
  • An Airworthiness Surveyor will conduct an audit against the requirements and any audit findings will be raised in an audit report.
  • The Airworthiness Surveyor will review the nominated personnel. Interviews for key personnel may be carried out.
  • If findings have been raised, the organisation should address all the findings and notify the Surveyor of the actions taken.
  • Once any audit findings relating to the initial application have been closed, the Airworthiness Surveyor will submit a recommendation to the Organisation Approvals Team for the issue of the approval.
  • Your organisation can begin to undertake and release maintenance once you receive the certificate.
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