Applying for a Type Acceptance Certificate
Applying for a Type Acceptance Certificate
When a type and model of imported aircraft has been accepted in Australia the Civil Aviation Safety Authority issues a Type Acceptance Certificate (TAC). Individual examples of the type and model of aircraft are then eligible for issue of certificates of airworthiness in the category nominated in the TAC. If you wish to introduce a type and model of aircraft new to Australia you should apply to CASA for the issue of a TAC. CASA is able to issue a TAC if the aircraft type is the subject of a Type Certificate (TC) issued by the national airworthiness authority in at least one recognised country or European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). A TAC is issued in respect of an aircraft type but there is no holder of the TAC. The applicant for the TAC will be provided with a copy of the TAC.
How to apply for a Type Acceptance Certificate
STEP 1 - Complete the application form
You will need to complete a TAC Application Form 735. Form 735 is in four parts (A-D).
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 CASA Certification Support on 131757.
Form 735 can be downloaded from the CASA website.
All parts must be completed.
PART A - Applicant's Details
The name, address and contact details should be adequate for enquiries from CASA about the aircraft type and model nominated on the application. The address should also be suitable for CASA to send an estimate of the cost to issue the TAC.
PART B - Aircraft Description
You must nominate a foreign TC issued for the aircraft by the NAA of a recognised country or EASA. A list of the recognised countries can be found in Advisory Circular AC 21-30. You must also support your application by supplying a copy of the type certificate data sheet (TCDS) issued by the NAA of the recognised country or EASA. CASA’s preferred method of receiving the TCDS is as a data file. Please send the data file by email or provide the web address (URL) of the TCDS. If this is not possible please send a paper copy of the TCDS to CASA Certification Support by post or fax. You must nominate the airworthiness category or categories in which you want Australian certificates of airworthiness to be issued. This will normally be the category or categories nominated on the foreign TC. A list of categories available for Australian certificates of airworthiness can be found in Advisory Circular AC 21-30.
PART C - Declaration
By signing the Declaration, you indicate to CASA that you have read the guidelines, completed the application in full, and accept the terms and conditions for processing your application. This application must be signed by all the applicant(s).
PART D - Submitting your Application
This section provides information for submitting your application.
STEP 2 – Submit application form
The form should be sent to CASA Certification Support
STEP 3 – Review of your application
CASA Certification Support will review the application to ensure that you have answered the relevant questions and provided any documents requested 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. 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 CASA's 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 are dependent on the:
- Payment of the estimate or deposit
- Quality of your documentation
- Availability of CASA resources.
STEP 6 – Recommendation
Once the process is complete, a recommendation to issue or not to issue the TAC will be made to the CASA delegate.
If the TAC is declined, CASA will discuss this with you. The conditions under which CASA can refuse to issue, or cancel, a TAC are described in CASRs 21.29B and 21.29C
STEP 7 - Certificate issue
CASA Certification Support 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, a copy of the TAC will be emailed (or faxed) to you. If requested a signed original will be provided for your files. CASA retains the master TAC.
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 735 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 TAC’s on its website.