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Special Airworthiness Certificate

Limited Category

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, contains a list of aircraft models that have been issued limited category type certificates.

Special airworthiness certificates regulations & policies

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