What are the procedures for export certification? Can anyone apply for this certification? Essentially, anyone can apply for and receive an
export certification approval if the proper procedures are followed. That is to say that anyone can obtain approval for a Class I or Class II product. Class three
products can only be exported by the manufacturers FAA representative.
Product Classes Explained
Class I product - a complete aircraft, aircraft
engine, or propeller.
Class II product - a majorponent of a Class I product (for example, wing, control surface, landing gear, etc.) whose failure would
jeopardize the safety of a Class I product; or, any part, material, or appliance approved and manufactured under a TSO system in the "C" series.
Product - any part orponent that is not a Class I or II product, and includes standard parts (nuts, bolts, etc.) and minor assemblies whose failure would not
jeopardize the safety of an aircraft.
Procedures for export certification result in an export certificate of airworthiness being issued to the
applicant. The form for this is FAA Form 8130-4. Once issued, it specifies that an aircraft meets specific criteria of airworthiness prior to being exported to a foreign
country. This is only part of the procedure.
Before an aircraft can be accepted in a foreign country, the exporter mustply with any and all outlined and
identified special import requirements.
The FAA mustply with these along with their own regulations. The importing country has the right to deny FAA
exports if the special requirements are not fulfilled. If the product does not meet the above-specified special requirements, the exporter must obtain a written statement
from the Civil Aviation Authority of that country stating they agree to the deviation from the requirements. For each application of Export Certificate of Airworthiness,
this statement must be included. Not only that, but the items in question must also be listed in the Exceptions block of the Export Certificate of
Agreements between the United States and other governments regarding the procedures for export certification and the acceptance of certain
airworthiness approvals is outlined here, in the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements (BASA). Information is updated as quickly as possible on the FAA's website under
the link Current BASA's.
A Few Important Things to Note
The FAA will not approve or issue an export worthiness application to a United States
manufactured aircraft that is already in a foreign country unless it either has or can obtain a valid United States airworthiness certificate. In addition, the aircraft in
question would have to meet the requirements of FAR 21.325.
The issuance date of a certificate of export airworthiness is based on the date the product
was inspected by the FAA and found toply with the specified requirements. The date the aircraft was deemed airworthy is often the same date.
regulation that outlines the export certification requirements is FAR Part 21, Subpart L.