Permit to Fly

Permit to fly is issued when aircraft does not comply with the essential requirements for airworthiness or when compliance with those requirements has not yet been shown, but the aircraft is nevertheless capable of performing a safe flight under specified conditions. The permit to fly may be issued for following purposes:

- development;

- showing compliance with regulations or certification specifications;

- design organisations or product organisations crew training;

- production flight testing of new production aircraft ;

- flying aircraft under production between production facilities;

- flying the aircraft for customer acceptance;

- delivering or exporting the aircraft;

- flying the aircraft for Authority acceptance;

- market survey, including customer’s crew training;

- exhibition and airshow;

- flying the aircraft to a location where maintenance or airworthiness review are to be performed, or to a place of storage;

- flying an aircraft at a weight in excess of its maximum certified takeoff weight for flight beyond the normal range over water, or over land areas where adequate landing facilities or appropriate fuel is not available;

- record breaking, air racing or similar competition;

- flying aircraft meeting the applicable airworthiness requirements before conformity to the environmental requirements is shown;

- for non-commercial flying activity on individual non-complex aircraft or types for which the Agency agrees that a certificate of airworthiness or restricted certificate of airworthiness is not appropriate.


Issue of the Permit to Fly is regulated under:

Commission Regulation (EU) 748/2012 of 3 August 2012 laying down implementing rules for airworthiness and environmental certification of aircraft and related products, parts and appliances, as well as for the certification of design and product organisations (SL L 224 21.8.2012)