Registration of aircraft—initial registration and deregistration
Produced in partnership with Norton Rose Fulbright
Registration of aircraft—initial registration and deregistration

The following Banking & Finance guidance note Produced in partnership with Norton Rose Fulbright provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Registration of aircraft—initial registration and deregistration
  • Why do you register aircraft and where do you do it?
  • Who can register with the CAA?
  • Registration procedure
  • What are the consequences of registration?
  • Searching the register
  • Types of Aircraft register
  • Mandatory insurance requirements
  • Deregistration
  • Cape Town

BREXIT: As of 31 January 2020, the UK is no longer an EU Member State, but has entered an implementation period during which it continues to be treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes. As a third country, the UK can no longer participate in the EU’s political institutions, agencies, offices, bodies and governance structures (except to the limited extent agreed), but the UK must continue to adhere to its obligations under EU law (including EU treaties, legislation, principles and international agreements) and submit to the continuing jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union in accordance with the transitional arrangements in Part 4 of the Withdrawal Agreement. For further reading, see: Brexit—introduction to the Withdrawal Agreement. This may have an impact on the information in this Practice Note about mandatory insurance requirements and the Cape Town Convention. For more information, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on finance transactions—Lending—key issues for aviation finance.

In order to operate an aircraft internationally, an aircraft owner must register it with an aviation authority. Although there are international conventions in place, the type of register, method of registration and deregistration and requirements for maintaining a valid registration do vary between countries and as such the country of registration will need to be considered carefully by any aircraft owner.