Restricted Category to Normal Category
Votes
Open
I'm looking at buying an aircraft (Cessna 172), one of the latest I've found is currently registered in the Restricted Category for Aerial Advertisements.  If I was to buy it, am I able to re-register in the Normal/Utility Category it was certificated for?  Is there anything additional that the FAA would need inspected or additional paperwork?

Thanks! 
1 Replies
Votes
1037 Posts
Actually, what you're looking to do is exchange the Special Airworthiness Certificate in the Restricted Category for a Standard Airworthiness in the Normal/Utility Category.  See 14 CFR 21.175.  In any event, what you'd need to do is return the aircraft to a configuration compliant with its type certificate.  That would mean having an A&P remove any equipment not part of the TC (or any appropriate STC's) and/or undo any modifications otherwise not compliant with the pre-Restricted configuration, and certify completion of all the items for a 100-hour inspection of that aircraft*.  Then you get an IA to certify any major alterations involved, and finally have the FSDO or a Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR) examine the aircraft and issue a new Airworthiness Certificate in the Standard Category.  This is covered in FAA Orders 8900.1 and 8130.2 (Chapter 3).  Contact your local FSDO for details.

*"...inspected per the performance rules for 100-hour inspections in § 43.15, meaning use of a checklist that includes at least the scope and detail of appendix D to part 43..."