Following an idea generated by the UK’s CAA and LAA, the UK’s governing bodies on aircraft certification, Condor Aviation was the main company working with and giving feedback on the idea.
The principle was to create an environment for simple requirements for approving the initial testing of small experimental aircraft in the UK. The requirements for experimental aircraft, known as E Conditions, was to benefit small-scale aircraft designers and manufacturers by reducing the red tape and financial burdens associated with securing airworthiness and operational approval for new light aircraft designs, encouraging the growth of new design concepts.
The requirements allow aircraft designers to test fly new concept aircraft (up to a maximum take-off mass of 2,000 kg), without going through the costly and time-consuming procedures that currently exist to get a new design past the initial stage of proof-of-concept prototype. E Conditions can also be used to test aircraft modifications or if the aircraft is being operated in a manner or role that is previously unproven. If, after trying out a concept or idea, and it is thought to be viable, then a full certification programme can be planned and funded in the usual way.