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What is a Type Certificate, we hear so much about it these days, with regard to returning Concorde to the skies. The aircraft required one to operate as a passenger airliner. Concorde did and would be required to conform to this type Certificate (TC) again if it returned to our skies in a heritage role. I have decided to write this section to try and make the whole situation clearer.
Would the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) support a return to flight for Concorde in heritage flight role?
CAA AIRWORTHINESS APPROVAL NOTES FOR CONCORDE
Introduction of Reinforced Cockpit Door, Surround and Lock System. This ia a real example/copy of the documentation with reference to the post 9/11 US requirement for a new reinforced cockpit door to be fitted to the whole Concorde fleet
G-BOAF: Special Category Certificate of Airworthiness requested by British Airways for approval to perform crew training prior to the aircraft’s return to service, following the post Paris crash modification
Concorde G-BOAF Return to Service flight following the Paris crash
Trial Installation of the Bendix RDR-4A Weather Radar System fitted to G-BOAA
The Approval of Replacement Galley Units and Wardrobes to G-BOAA, as part of the new Project Rocket interiors.
Installation of a modified nozzle thrust reverser controller (NTRC) to Concorde G-BOAE
British Airways Modification Number EOC-CON-034G286 / Installation of AlliedSignal RDR-4B Weather Radar System to the whole BA fleet
G-BOAB – Modification No. 082 Replacement Toilet Compartments