A limited category special airworthiness certificate is issued to operate surplus military aircraft that have been converted to civilian use under the following conditions:
  • The aircraft has a limited type certificate.
  • The aircraft conforms to its type certificate.
  • The FAA has determined that the aircraft is safe to operate.
  • Operations may not include carrying passengers or cargo for hire.  The FAA may prescribe additional limitations as necessary for safe operation.

FAA Order 8130.2, Airworthiness Certification of Aircraft and Related Products, contains a list of aircraft models that have been issued limited category type certificates.

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