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Production approvals for the manufacture of aviation products are issued under:
- An Approved Production Inspection System (APIS) for the manufacture of aircraft, engines and propellers;
- A Production Certificate (PC) for the manufacture of aircraft, engines and propellers;
- A Production Certificate (PC) for the manufacture of parts on a one-off basis;
- An Australian Parts Manufacturer Approval (APMA) for the manufacture of replacement or modification parts; and
- An Australian Technical Standard Order Authorisation for articles manufactured to a specific Technical Standard Order (TSO) or Australian TSO.
How to apply for a Production Approval
Step 1 - Complete the application form
You will need to complete Form 849 is in five parts (A-E).
The form provides guidelines that will assist you in completing the form correctly. Please read these guidelines carefully. If you have any further questions regarding the form and how to fill it out you can phone the CASA Service Centre on 131 757.
To obtain an application form, all parts must be completed.
Part A - Applicant's Details
This is where you will tell CASA who you are, whether you are an individual or company. You will need to provide your CASA Aviation Reference Number (ARN).
Note: If you do not have a CASA Aviation Reference Number (ARN) you must provide proof of identification or proof of your company's registration (see application guidelines for acceptable forms of identification).
If you are a foreign applicant you must provide your nationally recognised company registration record.
Part B - Details of the type of Production Approval
Provide information regarding the type of approval you are applying for.
Part C - Design Data and Quality System information
Provide information on the design data and quality system for APMA process approval and ATSO authorisation applications, and quality system for APIS and PC applications.
Part D - Declaration
By signing the declaration, you will be indicating to CASA that you have read the guidelines, completed the application in full and supplied all necessary documents required for the CASA Service Centre to process your application. It also asks if you are happy to correspond with CASA via email.
Part E - Submission Checklist
This part identifies documents you need to complete and send to the CASA Service Centre.
Step 2 – Send application form
The form should be sent to CASA Service Centre
Step 3 – Review of your application
The Service Centre will review the application to ensure that you have answered the relevant questions and provided any documents asked for in the application.
Should the application be incomplete, we will contact you and provide you with the opportunity to address the shortfall. Please remember that your application will be returned to you if you do not address the shortfall within a reasonable period of time.
Step 4 – Estimate of Costs
An estimate of the cost to process the application will be forwarded to you. The estimate is based on an hourly rate and will cover CASA's assessment and/or inspection of your written procedures, facilities, tools and equipment, approved data and qualified staff. An amount is also included to process and issue the Production Approval. You will be advised at this time of any additional supporting documentation that is required. Payment of the estimate and the submission of additional supporting documentation will be required before CASA will commence work on the application.
A description of the estimate process is in our fees and charges section.
Note 1: Assessment of the application will not commence until all requested information is provided.
Note 2: Having paid the estimate, should you at any stage during the assessment of the application, wish to cancel the application, you will need to do this in writing. CASA will recover costs for work completed up to the date of cancellation.
Step 5 – Assessment
The assessment timeframes and the proposed certificate issue date is dependent on the:
- Payment of the estimate or deposit
- Quality of your documentation
- Availability of CASA resources.
Assessment by National Office, Design and Manufacturing
Your job will be allocated to specialist staff within National Office, Design and Manufacturing to process your application. Where necessary they will contact you to discuss issues, arrange inspections, interviews etc.
Step 6 – Recommendation
Once the assessment is complete, a recommendation to issue or not to issue the permission will be made to the CASA delegate.
Note: This step of the process may or may not be required depending on the type of permission.
If the permission to be recommended varies from what you have applied for, or if the application is declined, CASA will discuss this with you.
Step 7 - Certificate issue
The Service Centre will reconcile the actual hours against the estimated hours for the assessment and either process a refund or raise an invoice for the additional costs. If approved, the Production Approval will be faxed to you on the same day and the original forwarded by mail.
Please note: The above guidance material for the Production Approval application supersedes the information found in the following Advisory Circulars:
- Advisory Circular 21.16 section 6.1 – Australian Parts Manufacturer Approval, & Appendix 1 – Sample Letter of AMPA Application,
- Advisory Circular 21.14 section 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 & 7.4 - Application, and
- Advisory Circular 21.601 section 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.5 – Application for an ATSO Authorisation, 14.1 – Manufacturing under an FAA letter of TSO design approval, 15.3 – Issue of letters of ATSO approval for imported appliances & Appendix 1.
Our commitment to you
We will advise on:
- Specific requirements and explain the application process to you
- Proposed completion date
- Changes to agreed timings or costs
We will also keep track of your application from the day it is lodged to the day of the certificate issue.
CASA is authorised under section 27AA of the Civil Aviation Act 1988 to approve this Form 849 and thereby collect the information you supplied in it. All such information received will be treated as being confidential. CASA is bound by the Privacy Act to safeguard personal information within the terms of that Act. CASA has a policy of publishing Production Approvals on its website.