Where to Register an Aircraft


When buying an aircraft, the place of its registration is one of the most important questions in connection with its future operation. This article summarizes the principal planning considerations for an owner of an aircraft who is in Russia or a CIS country.

The decision in favor of a specific country of registration will vary on a number of circumstances. Such circumstances can be in particular: the place of business of the chosen operator, the level of regulation, the cost, the requirements of a financing bank, the level of privacy and asset protection, questions of registration of ownership and other interests in aircraft (e.g. mortgages), questions of taxation as well customs issues relating to importation, the “prestige” of a specific registration, the specific operation of the aircraft (commercial / private / corporate), questions of technical certification of an aircraft (e.g. EASA/FAA) and a number of other factors.

As a general starting point and before making any “hasty” decisions, it is highly recommended to do a thorough analysis of the intended use of the aircraft. This will include a number of considerations which cannot be given in all detail in this article. It will certainly include a thorough assessment of the intended aircraft routing, the mode of operation of the aircraft (private / commercial / corporate), the intended number of hours and their potential allocation for private / commercial transport, the structuring of ownership, the financing of the aircraft and many other factors.

Once such an analysis is accomplished, further investigation could be done into the place of registration of the aircraft.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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