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Special Airworthiness Certificates Regulations & Policies

Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations

  • Part 21, Certification Procedures for Products and Parts
  • Part 21, subpart H, Airworthiness Certificates
  • Part 45, Identification and Registration Marking
  • Part 48, Registration and Marking Requirements for Small Unmanned Aircraft
  • Section 91.313, Restricted category civil aircraft: Operating limitations.
  • Part 91, subpart D, Special Flight Operations.
  • Section 91.715, Special flight authorizations for foreign civil aircraft.
  • Part 375, Navigation of Foreign Civil Aircraft Within the United States


  • 8130.2, Airworthiness Certification of Aircraft
  • 8130.34, Airworthiness Certification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Optionally Piloted Aircraft

Advisory Circulars

  • 20-27, Certification and Operation of Amateur-Built Aircraft
  • 21-4, Special Flight Permits for Operation of Overweight Aircraft
  • 21-12, Application for U.S. Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 8130-6 (Instructions for completing 8130-6)
  • 43.13-1, Acceptable Methods, Techniques, and Practices - Aircraft Inspection and Repair
  • 45-2, Identification and Registration Marking
  • 45-4, Identification, marking, and placarding of aircraft issued special airworthiness certificates in the light-sport category (S-LSA) and aircraft issued experimental certificates for the purpose of operating light-sport aircraft (E-LSA)
  • 90-89, Amateur-Built Aircraft and Ultralight Flight Testing Handbook
  • 90-109, Transition to Unfamiliar Aircraft
  • 90-116, Additional Pilot Program for Phase I Flight Test


  • 8130-6, Application for U.S. Airworthiness
  • 8130-12, Eligibility Statement, Amateur-Built Aircraft
  • 8130-15, Light-Sport Aircraft Statement of Compliance

Related Guidance

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