Introduction to ICAO Annex 8 Role & Purpose

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Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) www.sassofia.com considers the role, purpose, and applicability of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 8.

Introduction

ICAO SARPS (Standards and Recommended Practices) for each area of ICAO responsibility are contained in 19 Annexes. Each Annex deals with a particular subject area. All are subject to regular amendments and the detail in respect of many of them is contained in publications in the numbered ICAO Document Series.

Annex 8

Annex 8 Concerns the Airworthiness of Aircraft specifically related to the design, construction in accordance with the requirements of the State of Design and Operation in compliance with the appropriate airworthiness requirements of the State of Registry of the aircraft.

Article 33 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation places the burden on the State of Registry to recognize and render valid an airworthiness certificate issued by another Contracting State, subject to the condition that the airworthiness requirements under which such a certificate is issued or rendered valid are equal to or above the minimum standards which may be established by ICAO from time to time pursuant to the Convention. (These minimum standards are contained in Annex 8)

Annex 8 includes broad standards which define, for application by the national airworthiness authorities, the minimum basis for the recognition by States of Certificates of Airworthiness for flights of aircraft of other States into and over their territories.

Annex 8 is divided into four parts:

· Part I includes definitions.

· Part II deals with procedures for certification and continuing airworthiness of aircraft.

· Part III includes technical requirements for the certification of new large aeroplane designs.

· Part IV deals with helicopters.

The aircraft is issued with a Certificate of Airworthiness by the state of Operation declaring that the aircraft is fit to fly.

Annex 8 includes broad standards which define, for application by the national airworthiness authorities, the minimum basis for the recognition by States of Certificates of Airworthiness for the purpose of flight of aircraft of other States into and over their territories, thereby achieving, among other things, protection of other aircraft, third parties, and property.

Annex 8 also facilitates the import and export of aircraft, as well as the exchange of aircraft for lease, charter, or interchange.

Next Steps

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