B - Fees for the Certification of Products

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

Implementing Regulation 2019/2153 establishes the EASA Fees and Charges and defines in Part V points (2) and (3) the following categories of Rotorcraft Products for this purpose (only):

“‘VTOL’ refers to rotorcraft or any other heavier-than-air aircraft that has the capability of vertical take-off and/or vertical landing. ‘HTOL’ refers to any heavier-than-air aircraft that is not a VTOL.“

“‘VTOL Large Aircraft’ refers to CS-29 and CS-27 CAT A aircraft; ‘VTOL Small Aircraft’ refers to CS-27 aircraft with maximum take-off weight (MTOW) below 3 175 kg and limited to 4 seats, including pilot; ‘VTOL Medium Aircraft’ refers to other CS-27 aircraft.” 

The applicable Fees and Charges category for each product can be consulted in the EASA website under 'Product Lists'.

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B.2 - 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 shall 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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B.3 - 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, including the model fee and CAW fees.

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B.4 - Does my aircraft belong to a higher fee category because it is a High Performance?

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, including the model fee and CAW fees.

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B.5 How are the Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTDs) and organisations charged?

Flat fees are charged for the FSTDs and organisations – approval and surveillance – per Table 14 of the Annex to the Implementing Regulation 2019/2153.

The approval fees are charged per application, whereas the surveillance fees are charged per application and per period of 12 months.

The approval flat fees (organisation and device) are applicable to all new applications received after 1 January 2020. 

The surveillance fees of valid FSTDs and organisation approvals are applicable as of 1 January 2020.

Organisation approval fees and device qualification approval fees referred to in Table 14 of Part I of the Annex, related to ongoing projects at the entry into force of the Implementing Regulation 2019/2153, shall be calculated according to Part II of the Annex until completion of the tasks resulting from those applications.

Part V “Explanatory Note” of the Annex to Implementing Regulation 2019/2153 – note (13) – stipulates the definition of a location as well as other important details related to FSTDs and organisations.

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B.6 How are Certification Support for Validation (CSV) and Maintenance Review Board (MRB) applications charged based on Implementing Regulation 2019/2153?

Flat charges are applied in case of submittal to the Agency of a CSV and/or MRB application after 1 January 2020, in accordance with the provisions of Article 15 of Implementing Regulation 2019/2153. 
Please note the exception related to CSV applications - Part V “Explanatory Note” of the Annex to Implementing Regulation 2019/2153 – note (10).
The reference Annex tables are Table 5 – CSV and table 6 – MRB. 

The CSV charges are applied per application. 
(Please refer also to Part V “Explanatory Note” of the Annex to Implementing Regulation 2019/2153 – note (10) – for relevant details.)

The Initial MRB report applications are charged per application and per period of 12 months.
The Revision of MRB reports applications are charged per application.

Extract from Article 21 of Implementing Regulation 2019/2153

In the cases referred to in Table 5 and Table 6 of Part I of the Annex, and notwithstanding those provisions, charges relating to applications ongoing at the entry into force of this Regulation shall be calculated according to Part II of the Annex until completion of the tasks resulting from those applications.

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