What is the certification process for a Type Certificate?
Part 21 capability
As an EASA Member State applicant you need to prove eligibility by demonstrating capability in accordance with 21.A.14, i.e. be a Design Organisation Approval (DOA) or Alternative Procedures to Design Organisation Approval (APDOA) holder.
However, Part 21.A.14(c) provides the possibility for any natural person to apply on an ELA 1 aircraft by demonstrating capability through a certification programme. Alternative procedures are not necessary. ELA 1 is generally defined as aircraft with a max MTOW of 1200kg or less, including balloons up to 3400m^3 and sailplanes.
an aeroplane with a Maximum Take-off Mass (MTOM) of 1 200 kg or less that is not classified as complex motor-powered aircraft
|an aeroplane with a Maximum Take-off Mass (MTOM) of 2 000 kg or less that is not classified as complex motor-powered aircraft
a sailplane or powered sailplane of 1 200 kg MTOM or less
|an aeroplane with a Maximum Take-off Mass (MTOM) of 2 000 kg or less that is not classified as complex motor-powea sailplane or powered sailplane of 2 000 kg MTOM or lessed aircraft
a balloon with a maximum design lifting gas or hot air volume of not more than 3 400 m 3 for hot air balloons, 1 050 m 3 for gas balloons, 300 m 3 for tethered gas balloons
an airship designed for not more than 4 occupants and a maximum design lifting gas or hot air volume of not more than 3 400 m 3 for hot air airships and 1 000 m 3 for gas airships6
|a hot air airship
a gas airship complying with all of the following characteristics:
- 3% maximum static heaviness
|a Very Light Rotorcraft
Engine [to be] installed in ELA1 aircraft
Engine [to be] installed in ELA2 aircraft
Propeller [to be] installed in ELA1 aircraft
Propeller [to be] installed in ELA2 aircraft
Fixed or adjustable pitch propeller
While applying for a DOA/APDOA, you may, in parallel apply, for a Type Certificate. However, the Type Certificate will only be issued once the DOA/APDOA has been granted.
For the timely processing of any application, please consider the following:
- ensure that your supporting documents are correct, complete and provided in a timely manner;
- respond promptly to requests for further information, the closure of findings and scheduling site
- meet the certification schedule indicated in the Certification Plan accepted by EASA;
- have the requisite technical capability available.
The corresponding application forms are available on our website:
Fees and charges
Information on the related yearly fees and charges for both TC and DOA/APDOA applications are available in the Annex of our Fees & Charges Regulation (EU) 2019/2153.