revalidating your aircraft's permit to fly

The BMAA is approved by the Civil Aviation Authority to revalidate a microlight aircraft's Permit to Fly. This service is available only to current BMAA members who are owners of the aircraft.

Timing: For two seat microlights your aircraft must be inspected and check flown to revalidate its Permit to Fly each year. If the aircraft's Certificate of Validity (C of V) is still valid, the inspection and check flight can be performed up to 60 days prior to its expiry with no loss of duration. The maximum time between inspection and check flight is also 60 days.  The check flight can be flown before the inspection as long as the C of V is still valid.  Otherwise it must be flown after the inspection.

People: Inspections can only be carried out by a BMAA appropriately authorised inspector. You can view a list of inspectors here TIL 008 or you can find your nearest inspector using the search facility, here.

Check flights can be carried out by any suitably licensed pilot. The BMAA check flying system is described in the BMAA Check Flying Handbook.

Forms and Guidance: When you apply for revalidation of your aircraft’s Permit to Fly you will need to submit an application form and an inspection and check flight record. You can download the guidance and forms from the list below.

For all microlight types
Form AW 001    Permit Application Form
Form AW 030    Aircraft Change of Data Form
Til 042                 Check Flying Handbook

For Flexwing microlights
Form AW 006     Inspection Worksheet for Flexwing
Form AW 011b   Check Flight schedule for Flexwing


For 3 Axis microlights
Form AW 007     Inspection Worksheet for 3 axis
Form AW 011a   Check Flight schedule for 3 axis


For Powered parachutes
Form AW 005     Inspection record for Powered Parachutes
Form AW 011c   Check Flight schedule for Powered Parachutes


Document Submission:
You can submit all renewal forms in the following ways:
By post to BMAA, Bullring, Deddington, Banbury. Oxfordshire. OX15 0TT
As scanned copies of the originals as .pdf files * through this web site. Log in to this web site and from the My Account page follow the link to "Apply and pay for a Permit to Fly renewal" 
By fax ** to 01869 337116
*(N.B.other file formats cannot be accepted)
** Attached files and faxs must be clear to read otherwise they cannot be accepted. 

Aircraft Weighing: At time of application your aircraft must have a valid weight report. If your aircraft is due for weighing please read the weighing procedure guidance in TIL 012 and use the weighing spreadsheets in XLSX or XLS formats.


Payment To make payment for your Permit to Fly revalidation, log in to this web site and from the My Account page follow the link to "Apply and pay for a Permit to Fly renewal" or you can enclose payment with your posted application.

If you need any further help please contact the Technical Office for advice on 01869 336006.