The FAA has just made getting the airworthiness certificate for your amateur-built aircraft a bit easier. In addition to the ‘old’ way of sending in a paper application for airworthiness there is now an online Airworthiness Certification Tool available (link below).
The FAA requires several basic steps to obtain an airworthiness certificate in either the Standard or Special class.
The FAA may issue an applicant an airworthiness certificate when:
- Registered owner or operator/agent registers aircraft,
- Applicant submits application to the local FAA servicing office, and
- FAA determines the aircraft is eligible and in a condition for safe operation
Applications for an airworthiness certificate can be submitted either of two ways:
- Online via the Airworthiness Certification (AWC) tool (preferred)
- Paper application, FAA Form 8130-6
Refer to Advisory Circular 21-12C – Application for U.S. Airworthiness Certificate, for guidance with the online Airworthiness Certification (AWC) tool and FAA Form 8130-6.
Your local FAA servicing office can provide direct guidance and information to assist you in meeting your airworthiness interests. It is best to contact your local FAA office for direct guidance immediately after you register your aircraft.
Page last modified: September 27, 2019 9:57:36 AM EDT