E3 process eases a/c registration in Europe

 - March 16, 2007, 2:07 PM

Europe’s new E3 aircraft registration process is making it easier to transfer aircraft to the national registers of member states of the new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), according to the UK’s IBA Group, an independent aviation consultancy approved to handle the E3 registrations. IBA quality manager Steve Horton told AIN that the E3 process has effectively forced civil aviation authorities in countries such as the UK to abandon costly extra technical requirements that used to be imposed on aircraft being transferred to their register. The fact that all the EASA now use a common registration process means that once an aircraft has been registered with one state it is much easier to switch it to another.

The E3 process includes a full inspection of the aircraft to ensure that it meets the standards required for an airworthiness certificate, full checks of its records and the issuance of a certificate of design conformity. The certificate of design conformity verifies that the individual aircraft conforms to its type certificate.

Last month IBA completed its first E3 process on a business jet, when it helped to transfer a Bombardier Challenger 601 from the U.S. to the UK. The aircraft’s owners had earlier been discouraged from making the switch due to the cost of the additional technical requirements previously imposed by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. These have now been scrapped under E3. The Challenger is now being operated by charter firm Gama Aviation from its base at Farnborough Airport near London.

About two dozen companies in the UK alone are now approved to manage the E3 process, taking it through to the point at which the CAA issues a certificate of airworthiness. Based near London Gatwick Airport, IBA is one of only two independent companies in that it is not an airline or maintenance organization involved in E3 work.