To find out more about applying for a Certificate of Airworthiness, please choose one of the following options:

Applying for the Initial Issue of a C of A Open Accordion

Certificates of Airworthiness are based on the airworthiness standards of the applicable Type Acceptance Certificate. The applicant will be required to provide sufficient details concerning the aircraft, engines and, if applicable, propellers in order to enable the OTAA to make an initial judgment concerning the aircraft's history, current status, equipment fit, repairs and design changes embodied, Airworthiness Directive (AD) compliance and potential certification status.

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I need to complete and submit the following form:

and one of the following forms, as applicable:

Airworthiness Review Report

In order to certify that an aircraft conforms to an acceptable standard, it may be necessary for an organisation to investigate the aircraft's build, operational fit, design and repair standard and provide a report to the Authority.

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I need to do the following task:

  • Confirm with my OTAA if an Aircraft Airworthiness Review report will be required.

Design changes and repairs

The applicant must provide details and be able to demonstrate the certification approval authority of any major design changes or major repairs incorporated since the first Certificate of Airworthiness was issued. Particular attention should be given to any supplemental inspections described in the approval documents, for the performance of the inspection and the inclusion in the approved aircraft maintenance programme.

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I need to do the following task:

  • Demonstrate to the OTAA, that any design changes or repairs have been approved by EASA, FAA or Transport Canada, to the applicable Type Certification standards identified on the Type Acceptance Certificate for the aircraft.

Aircraft Flight Manual

The Aircraft Flight Manual should be made available as a main document associated with the Certificate of Airworthiness. It is the primary document for flight operations of an aircraft.

I need to do the following task:

  • Ensure that the aircraft Flight Manual is at the latest revision status and incorporates all the applicable flight manual supplements associated with any design changes that have been embodied on the aircraft.

Noise Certificate

Aircraft registered in the Territory to which the requirements of Volume 1 of Annex 16 are applicable shall not fly without a noise certificate. All relevant records of previously completed repairs and design changes which may affect aircraft acoustic performance should be made available for inspection by the OTAA.

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I need to complete and submit the following form:

Export Certificate of Airworthiness

To facilitate the transfer of aircraft from the previous state of registry to the territory register an Export Certificate of Airworthiness issued and rendered valid by the exporting country is required prior to the issue of a Certificate of Airworthiness. While not valid for the purpose of flight, the Export Certificate of Airworthiness provides confirmation by the exporting State of a recent satisfactory review of the airworthiness status of the aircraft.

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I need to complete the following task:

  • Obtain an Export Certificate of Airworthiness from the exporting state of registry.

Aircraft physical survey

The aircraft must be made available for survey. The following areas may be surveyed by the OTAA Airworthiness Surveyor; however, actual areas will be at the discretion of the surveyor on a case by case basis.

  • Exterior inspection - Checking for damage to the fuselage, engines, propellers, wings, control surfaces and landing gears.
  • Major repairs and design changes - Checking if any, are recorded and accomplished in accordance with overseas territory requirements.
  • Identification data plates - The aircraft, engines and propellers identification (data) plates are installed and correspond to the identity of the aircraft, engines and propellers and their records.
  • Component serial numbers - Conformity with the aircraft records.
  • Interior inspection - Checking for conformity to aircraft interior configuration, emergency equipment, safety equipment.
  • Markings and placards - Location and language.

I need to complete the following tasks:

  • Make the aircraft available for survey.
  • Liaise closely with my OTAA.
Applying for the Renewal of a C of A Open Accordion

If the Certificate of Airworthiness renewal application is made within 60 days before the expiry date of the certificate, it may be renewed from the date of expiry.

If the application for renewal is made more than 60 days before the expiry of the certificate or if the investigations necessary continue beyond the expiry date, the certificate will be issued from the date all applicable criteria are met.

I need to read:

I need to complete and submit one of the following forms, as applicable.

I need to complete the following tasks:

  • Submit the latest revision of the Airworthiness Directives (AD) status sheet.
  • Submit the latest revision of the limited life parts (LLP) status sheet.

Aircraft physical survey & documentation review

The aircraft must be available for a physical survey and the aircraft records, such as log books and maintenance records, must be available for review.

Aircraft at airport

Application Forms

ASSI has published a set of Airworthiness Application Forms allowing an applicant to complete and submit a form more effectively and without the aid of ASSI staff, through the ASSI website.

Important Note

The processes, procedures and application forms in some overseas territories, may differ to the ones included here. You are advised to contact your respective Overseas Territory Aviation Authority (OTAA), to ensure that you are using the correct processes, procedures and forms.

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