AWB 00-11 Issue 1 - Expired Certificates of Airworthiness
Expired Certificates of Airworthiness
AWB 00-11 Issue 1, 20 January 2002
The purpose of this AWB is to provide information to owners, on what action you should take when you discover the certificate of airworthiness (CofA) for your aircraft has expired.
Most affected aircraft will be operating on the original CofA issued during the Department of Aviation/Transport era. These certificates were issued with a finite life, usually three years, to coincide with the major inspection cycle.
The then First Assistant Secretary advised certificate of registration holders, of a policy change to remove the life-limited CofA and replace it with a permanent certificate.
At the time the advice was sent, the contact details held by the Department may not have been up to date and the advice may not have automatically reached all owners.
You must take immediate action as soon as you find out your CofA has expired. This is important because an expired CofA will invalidate your insurance policy.
Contact the CASA office that holds the details of your aircraft, if you do not know which office, your LAME will be able to help you. Tell the CASA office that your CofA has expired and you want it re-issued or re-validated.
No aircraft inspection is required but CASA will check or will want proof that:
- The CofA has not been cancelled for any other reason,
- Your aircraft is currently registered,
- The data plate is correct for your aircraft,
- Your aircraft has a valid maintenance release,
- The airworthiness directive status is up to date,
If your aircraft does not have a valid maintenance release, your request must be treated as a normal (full) CofA application.