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What’s the Airworthiness Certificate and Why Do You Need It to Fly

You have set eyes on an airplane that fits your tastes and looks. Now it’s finally yours. So what now? One of the things you need to get airborne is an airworthiness certificate, basically to prove you are a responsible aircraft owner and pilot.

Since the dawn of time, humanity has asked itself if it could ever fly as birds do. Technology and persistence eventually answered this question. On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers succeeded with their first sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft with the ‘Wright Flyer’. A long time of rules and regulations for commercial flights have appeared along the way. Learn why it’s important to comply with the authorities’ requirements.

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Definition Of The Airworthiness Certificate

Before getting any deeper into history and inventions, let’s get started with some basic definitions. What is this kind of documentation? It is a formal document issued by the Aircraft Certification Service, a department of the Federal Aviation Administration. The certificate allows the civil operation of type certificated aircraft in normal, transport, acrobatic, utility, commuter, among others.

Along with aircraft registration, the certificate is one of the most important mandatory documentation to legally operate a civil aircraft in the United States. Operating an airplane without proper documentation can lead to severe fines and penalties, falling off registration, prosecution, and the requisition of the aircraft.

For How Long Is The Certificate Valid?

Documentation may be valid as long as the aircraft meets its approved type design, is in a condition for safe operation and maintenance, preventative maintenance, and alterations are performed by 14 CFR parts 21, 43, and 91. Keep in mind that it might need either periodic re-validation or periodic renewal, depending on the regulatory regime. This could also include the completion of a flight test schedule.

What Do I Need To Apply For This Documentation?

You surely have come upon several forms and rules to get your certification of airworthiness the first time you looked it up on the Internet. Yes, indeed it looks confusing and lengthy if you choose to get on it by yourself, especially if it is your first time dealing with aircraft paperwork. As helpful as navigating the worldwide wide web can be, the excess of information can give you more of a headache than a solution.

The National Aviation Documentation center provides the right form for you not to get lost opening a dozen of navigator tabs. Look for the ‘Airworthiness Certificate’ option on the left side of the website. Get started to get as soon as possible to get your airplane up and flying.

As you can check out for yourself,  the is form is three pages long and takes a while to complete. Take your time to answer promptly. It doesn’t matter if there are writing mistakes or if you missed something; we’ll get back to you to inform you what is missing or what should you correct before the application reaches the offices of the Federal Aviation Administration.

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