B - Fees for the Certification of Products

How are the Rotorcraft Product categories defined for the calculation of the EASA Fees and Charges?

Commission Regulation (EU) No. 319/2014 establishes the EASA Fees and Charges and defines in Part V point (2) the following categories of Rotorcraft Products for this purpose (only):

“‘Large Rotorcraft’ refers to CS 29 and CS 27 cat A; ‘Small Rotorcraft’ refers to CS 27 with Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) below 3 175 Kg and limited to 4 seats, including pilot; ‘Medium Rotorcraft’ refers to other CS 27.”

The applicable Fees and Charges category for each product can be consulted in the EASA website under this link.

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B.5 - In which MTOW category is the aircraft for which I want to submit an application for TC, Major Change, STC, Minor Change or for which I have to pay CAW fees as TC holder?

The MTOW category depends on the TC only, irrespective whether the individual aircraft model differs from the MTOW of the TC.

The MTOW category for the TC is predetermined by the majority (>50%) of models that belong to the TC. In the event that there is an equal number of models, meaning not above 50% in either MTOW category, the higher category is applicable.

The TC category determines all subsequent applications and CAW fees.

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B.2 - How are EASA approvals of changes/updates to Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM) charged?

Changes to AFM are chargeable. If such changes are part of a design approval or change thereof for which EASA approval is sought, the fees for the respective minor change, major change or supplemental type certificate cover the corresponding change to the AFM. For stand-alone AFM approvals, fees are charged as for a change to the corresponding product.

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B.6 - Does my aircraft belong to a higher fee category because it is a High Performance Aircraft (HPA) < 5.700 kg MTOW?

Not necessarily: it depends on the performance category of the majority of aircraft models belonging to one TC. The higher fee category (=higher MTOW category) is applicable when the majority or equal number of models (≥ 50%) are HPA.

The TC category determines all subsequent applications and CAW fees.

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B.3 - What do I have to pay for a Major Change approval in the event that the TC has not been issued yet?

Applications for major changes received by EASA before the issue of the TC for the respective product will not necessarily be charged separately. If the application is received before all or most of the technical investigation for the TC has been carried out, EASA will make no additional charge. However, if the application is received when most, or all, of the technical investigation for the TC has been carried out, EASA reserves the right to levy the full charges due for approval of a major change.

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B.4 - Can EASA confirm that a single application may be submitted covering several aircraft types or models if the same change is applicable to these aircraft types or models?

In general, one application for TC, RTC, STC, Major and Minor Change can cover several models but not more than one type per certificate. EASA may deviate from this principle,

  • when validating foreign approvals. For the validation of STCs and major changes, EASA will process the application in the same way as the certifying authority. If the certifying authority has processed such an application as a single application, then EASA shall do likewise;
  • if the technical change is identical for several product types and if no type specific compliance finding is required.
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