Special Flight Permits
A Special Flight Permit may be issued to operate a Bermuda registered aircraft where the Certificate of Airworthiness is no longer in force. Such cases when a Special Flight Permit may be issued include:
- Acceptance Flights - Flying the aircraft for customer acceptance usually before the aircraft is sold and/or registered/de-registered.
- Ferry Flights for Maintenance - Flying the aircraft to a location where maintenance is to be performed, or to a place of storage.
- Test Flights after Maintenance - Flying the aircraft following maintenance affecting the aircraft's performance, handling etc. or when required by the manufacturer.
- Test Flights for Approval of a Modification - Flying the aircraft for the testing of modifications. Test flights must be made in accordance with a Flight Test Schedule approved by the state civil aviation authority certifying the modification(s).
- OTAR Part 21 - Certification of Aircraft, Subpart P - Issue and Renewal of Special Flight Permits
- OTAC 21-10 - Special Flight Permit
Applying for a Special Flight Permit
To apply for a Special Flight Permit, the Bermuda approved Continued Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) should submit a Special Flight Permit application (Form AW-201(P)) along with any supporting documentation to the BCAA Principal Airworthiness Inspector or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operating Under a Special Flight Permit
Operators should be aware that aircraft not having a valid and in force Certificate of Airworthiness in compliance with ICAO Annex 8 do not have automatic rights of international air navigation under the Chicago Convention.
An aircraft operating under a Special Flight Permit should obtain permission from each State whose airspace it is intended to use while operating without a valid Certificate of Airworthiness.