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Aviation: Certification

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many type approval certificates for aircraft were issued by the Civil Aviation Authority in each of the last three years; (236845)

(2) what the average time taken for the Civil Aviation Authority to give type approval for usage to an aircraft has been in the last three years.

Under EC Regulation 216/2008 the type certification of the majority of aircraft manufactured or registered in EU member states is the responsibility of the European Aviation Safety Agency. This has been the position since 2003 when the agency came into being. However, certain aircraft types listed in Annex II to the regulation are not covered by the agency's remit. The aviation authority of the member state in which any such aircraft is registered remains responsible for its type certification or, in the case of aircraft not eligible for a type certificate, the approval of a permit to fly.

The CAA has not issued any type certificates for aircraft covered by Annex II to Regulation 216/2008 in the last three years. However, the CAA has issued seven type approvals for a permit to fly in that time. The time taken to process applications for such type approvals is very much dependent on the quality of information provided by the applicant. For CAA type approvals involving a UK manufacturer, past experience shows that the average time taken for the approval process is approximately nine months.