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                       APPLYING TO THE CAA FOR A PFCO

Submitting your application to the CAA can seem a daunting process but it is straightforward.  From 18 April 2018 the CAA are introducing a new application process for obtaining a standard permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) for SUA / SUSA.

WHAT IS THE ONLINE PROCESS?

The new online process:

  • guides you through each stage of the application
  • provides information on the documents you need to send
  • allows you to make payment online

Applicants will be required to provide all documents and payment online (credit /debit card only ) before submitting their application.

The previous application form SRG1320 will be accepted for non-standard /exemption applications only, for example:

  • extended visual line of sight (EVLOS),
  • beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS),
  • reduced distances
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WHAT DOCUMENTS DO YOU NEED TO PROVIDE?

When you are ready to submit you need to ensure you have the following documents available:

  • Ops Manual
  • Insurance Certificate
  • NQE full recommendation or equivalent qualification
  • Flight Logs

From 18 April 2018 the new application process will introduce rejection rules  for incorrect application submissions.  Should an application be rejected the applicant will be notified and will be required to make a fresh application submission.

KEY THINGS TO CHECK

There are a number of common errors that are worth checking before you make your submission to the CAA:

  • The insurance document submitted with the application does not cover all the aircraft stated on the application form and Operations Manual.
  • The Operations Manual supplied with the application has not been signed.
  • The Insurance document submitted does not show compliance with EC Regulation 785/2004.
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