major difference between a civil and an ex-military
aircraft is that very few of the latter have full certification.
That means that they cannot be used for normal civil
operations, privately or commercially. So, if you import
an ex-military aircraft it must be placed in either
Limited or Experimental, Exhibition and Air-Racing categories.
Both categories impose limitations on the use of the
aircraft. Basically the categories are designed to allow
the aircraft to be displayed at air shows, to transit
between them, to conduct training and currency flights,
and, in the case of limited category, to conduct private
and paid adventure flights.
For full details, see CAR262AN, but broadly Limited
Category allows the pilot to take a passenger, as long
as that passenger is informed of the inherent risks
of flying in an ex-military aircraft. Experimental category
allows only essential crew. So, dont buy a Warbird
and place it under that category expecting to use it
as the family Cessna!
If you decide to buy a Warbird and import it, you must
obtain original logbooks and an export certificate.
Once in Australia, it must be inspected by a qualified
engineer, and issued with a Certificate of Airworthiness
and a noise exemption certificate. For a CofA under
Limited Category, only engineers who are AWAL appointed
persons can issue a CofA. Look under Contacts
for a list of these engineers.
To fly a limited category Warbird the aircraft must
be registered with both CASA and AWAL, and AWAL annual
fees paid. Pilots must be members of AWAL.
A big advantage of our Limited Category, and one available
in very few parts of the world, is that you have the
opportunity to earn money with your Warbird. Unlike
standard category commercial operations, you dont
even need an AOC! However, to do so you must comply
with the following. Firstly, you must submit an exposition
to AWAL on how you intend to meet the operational requirements.
(Under Manuals, youll find details and assistance
on doing this).
Secondly, you must obtain a noise exemption certificate
for the field from which you intend to operate. Our
DSA can advise you there. Thirdly, the pilot must be
a CPL or higher, and be appropriately endorsed and experienced.
Other operating limitations: donít expect to use any
Warbird, even one under Limited Category, as freely
as you would the family Cessna. As previously described,
The original intention of allowing ex-military aircraft
to fly in Australia was to allow their display, transit
to displays, and currency and training flights. AWAL
has negotiated with CASA concessions that allow private
and income-earning flying, but there are restrictions
on flying over built-up areas for most Warbirds.