FAQ n.67026

What is the certification process for a Type Certificate?

Answer

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.

ELA1
ELA1 aircraft’ means the following manned European Light Aircraft:

ELA2
ELA2 aircraft’ means the following manned European Light Aircraft:

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

a ballloon

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
- Non-vectored thrust (except reverse thrust)
- Conventional and simple design of: structure, control system and ballonet system
- Non-power assisted controls

  a Very Light Rotorcraft

 

Certification Programme
Demonstration of capability via a certification programme for:

AP DOA
Demonstration of capability via AP DOA for:

ELA1 aircraft

ELA2 aircraft

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


Piston Engine


Fixed or adjustable pitch propeller 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please refer to our website for information on how to obtain a DOA or APDOA:
DOA
FAQs on DOA 
APDOA

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. 

Processing times

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
  • visits;
  • meet the certification schedule indicated in the Certification Plan accepted by EASA;
  • have the requisite technical capability available.

Application forms

The corresponding application forms are available on our website: 

Type Certificate
DOA/APDOA 

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 No. 319/2014.

Last updated: 
26/11/2018

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