Special Airworthiness Certificate Law and Legal Definition

A special airworthiness certificate is an authorization issued for an aircraft to operate under certain conditions in the U.S. airspace. Categories in which a special airworthiness certificate is issued include primary, restricted, multiple, limited, experimental, light sport, provisional, or special flight permit. [14 CFR 21.175].

The Federal Aviation Administration issues special airworthiness certificate classifying an airplane as experimental for the purposes of exhibition, racing and research & development. [Southwestern Life Ins. Co. v. Rowsey, 514 S.W.2d 802, 805 (Tex. App. 1974)].