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ELA1 aircraft maintenance

All ELA 1 aircraft (operating privately) should have already transitioned from a CAA Light Aircraft Maintenance Programme (LAMP) or plan to transition at the next Airworthiness Review.

In either case this must not be later than 24 March 2021. CAP 1454 has been updated and helps explain how to establish an appropriate replacement maintenance programme.

An ELA1 aircraft is:

  • an aeroplane with an maximum take-off mass (MTOM) of 1,200 kg or less that is not classified as complex motor-powered aircraft;
  • a sailplane or powered sailplane of 1,200 kg MTOM or less;
  • a balloon with a maximum design lifting gas or hot air volume of not more than 3,400 m3 for hot air balloons, 1,050 m3 for gas balloons, 300 m3 for tethered gas balloons;
  • an airship designed for not more than four occupants and a maximum design lifting gas or hot air volume of not more than 3,400 m3 for hot air airships and 1,000 m3 for gas airships

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