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Special Airworthiness Certificate
A special airworthiness certificate is an airworthiness certificate that is not sufficient to allow an aircraft to be used in commercial passenger or cargo operations. In the USA a special airworthiness certificate is issued in one or more of the following categories:
Primary - Aircraft flown for pleasure and personal use
Restricted - Aircraft with a "restricted" category type certificate, including:
Forest and wildlife conservation
Patrolling (pipelines, power lines)
Other operations specified by the Administrator
Multiple - Multiple airworthiness certificates
Limited - Multiple airworthiness certificates
Light-Sport - Operate a light-sport aircraft, other than a gyroplane, kit-built, or transitioning ultralight like vehicle
Research and development - an aircraft whose purpose is to test new design concepts, equipment, or operating techniques
Showing compliance with regulations - a prototype aircraft that is built for the purposes of demonstrating the airworthiness of a design
Crew training - an aircraft used solely for training that, for some reason, does not have a standard certificate (e.g. the NASA Shuttle Training Aircraft)
Market surveys - a sales demonstration aircraft
Operating amateur-built aircraft
Operating kit-built aircraft
Operating light-sport aircraft
Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Special Flight Permit - Special-purpose flight of an aircraft that is capable of safe flight
Provisional - Aircraft with a "provisional" category type certificate for special operations and operating limitations
source: Wikitionary / Wikipedia and Related Sources (Edited)
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