Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority

Certificate of Airworthiness

Please choose one of the following options below to find out more about applying for a Certificate of Airworthiness:

Applicable Requirements
Applying for an Initial Issue of a Certificate of Airworthiness

A Certificate of Airworthiness is valid for a maximum period of twelve months. Applicants for the initial issue of a Certificate of Airworthiness should follow the process described below. All required forms and documents may be submitted by email to airworthiness@bcaa.bm.

The owner/operator wishing to apply for a Certificate of Airworthiness must request an invoice by sending an invoice request directly to the BCAA finance department. Additionally, new clients will need to be registered as a new vendor with BCAA finance by submitting the Non-Euro Foreign New/Change Address Book Form to receivables@bcaa.bm. Visit the Fee Payment page for more information and to find the related forms.

Type Acceptance Certificate

Certificates of Airworthiness are based on the airworthiness standards of the applicable Type Acceptance Certificate. To verify that a Type Acceptance Certificate has been issued to the applicable Type Certificate visit the Type Acceptance Certificate page.

Arrangements for Continued Airworthiness Management

The continued airworthiness of any aircraft on the Bermuda registry above 2,700 kg MTOW must be managed by an appropriately approved Continued Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) under OTAR Part 39. CAMO arrangements must be in place prior to making an application for a Certificate of Airworthiness. Please view the Continuing Airworthiness Management Approval page for more information.

Maintenance Programme

All aircraft on the Bermuda registry must be maintained in accordance with an approved maintenance programme. Applicants should submit a copy of the maintenance programme along with the following completed forms. 

Export Certificate of Airworthiness

The applicant must obtain an Export Certificate of Airworthiness that shows compliance to the applicable Type Certificate from the exporting state of registry, and provide a copy to the BCAA.

Mode S Transponder

The Mode S code will be provided by BCAA upon receiving a certificate of airworthiness application. The aircraft transponder must be programmed with the provided code.

ELT Registration

At least one fixed Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) 406Mhz must be installed and registered with the Bermuda Department of Marine & Ports Services unless the aircraft will operate under the Article 83bis Agreement between Bermuda and Russia (see below).

As of 1st January 2016 owners and operators of aircraft operating under the Article 83bis agreement between Bermuda and Russia will be registered in the National Database of Russia using code 273. View LTO AIR 07-15 for more information.

Class Six Radio Licence

A Class Six Radio Licence must be obtained from the Bermuda Regulatory Authority.

Aircraft Inspection

The aircraft must be made available for inspection by a Bermuda airworthiness inspector. The CAMO or Technical Coordinator must present the aircraft with all relevant records to the BCAA airworthiness inspector.

The aircraft must be in the following condition:

  • If the weather conditions or lighting prevents the aircraft inspection, in a suitable hangar
  • Power available on the aircraft
  • Flaps in the down position
  • Any cargo bays open
  • Any equipment bays open
  • Any APU bays open
  • Engine cowls open
  • Adequate access equipment (steps and platforms) available
  • Adequate lighting available
Applicable Requirements

 

Renewal of a Certificate of Airworthiness

BCAA Finance will contact the Operator ninety (90) days before the expiry of the Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A) to enquire if the owner wishes to renew the C of A. If the Operator wishes to renew, Finance will forward the renewal Invoice to the Operator, which should be processed as soon as practicable.

Also 90 days before the expiry of the C of A, Continued Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO) responsible for the aircraft, shall submit the Recommendation for the Renewal of a Certificate of Airworthiness AW201(R) along with the supporting documentation to the Principle Airworthiness Inspector (PAI), or by email to airworthiness@bcaa.bm

Aircraft Inspection

The aircraft must be made available for inspection by a Bermuda airworthiness inspector. The CAMO or Technical Coordinator must present the aircraft with all relevant records to the BCAA airworthiness inspector.

The aircraft must be in the following condition:

  • If the weather conditions or lighting prevents the aircraft inspection, in a suitable hangar
  • Power available on the aircraft
  • Flaps in the down position
  • Any cargo bays open
  • Any equipment bays open
  • Any APU bays open
  • Engine cowls open
  • Adequate access equipment (steps and platforms) available
  • Adequate lighting available