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Special Airworthiness Certificate
Special Airworthiness Certificate
A special airworthiness certificate is an airworthiness certificate that is not sufficient to allow an aircraft to be used in commercial passenger or cargo operations. In the USA a special airworthiness certificate is issued in one or more of the following categories:
  • Primary - Aircraft flown for pleasure and personal use
  • Restricted - Aircraft with a "restricted" category type certificate, including:
    • Agricultural
    • Forest and wildlife conservation
    • Aerial surveying
    • Patrolling (pipelines, power lines)
    • Weather control
    • Aerial advertising
    • Other operations specified by the Administrator
  • Multiple - Multiple airworthiness certificates
  • Limited - Multiple airworthiness certificates
  • Light-Sport - Operate a light-sport aircraft, other than a gyroplane, kit-built, or transitioning ultralight like vehicle
  • Experimental
    • Research and development - an aircraft whose purpose is to test new design concepts, equipment, or operating techniques
    • Showing compliance with regulations - a prototype aircraft that is built for the purposes of demonstrating the airworthiness of a design
    • Crew training - an aircraft used solely for training that, for some reason, does not have a standard certificate (e.g. the NASA Shuttle Training Aircraft)
    • Exhibition
    • Air racing
    • Market surveys - a sales demonstration aircraft
    • Operating amateur-built aircraft
    • Operating kit-built aircraft
    • Operating light-sport aircraft
    • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Special Flight Permit - Special-purpose flight of an aircraft that is capable of safe flight
  • Provisional - Aircraft with a "provisional" category type certificate for special operations and operating limitations
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