Information about the process to de-register an aircraft that has been sold overseas, withdrawn from use or destroyed.
To remove an aircraft from the UK Register to allow re-registration abroad the registered owner of an aircraft should return the current Certificate of Registration to the Aircraft Registration Section completed and signed at the relevant section on the reverse. Both sides of this document can be faxed to the Aircraft Registration Section if the request for de-registration is urgent. If the Certificate of Registration is not available please use the sale notification form.
Providing the aircraft is clear of registered mortgages entered on the UK Register of Aircraft Mortgages, see check for aircraft mortgages, or the lenders giving their consent to the aircraft being de-registered, the aircraft can usually then be removed from the UK Register of Civil Aircraft. Once de-registration has occurred we will send fax confirmation to the new state of registry. Written confirmation is also sent to the registered owner in accordance with our Service Standards.
Please note that if you are obtaining an export Certificate of Airworthiness for the aircraft that this should be issued before the aircraft is de-registered as the registration process is separate from the requirements to gain an Export Certificate of Airworthiness. For information on Certificates of Airworthiness or Permits to Fly please contact the Applications and Approvals Department of the CAA on telephone (01293) 768374 or fax (01293) 573860.
Once an aircraft has been sold the request for de-registration should be made immediately. Particularly if the new owner is "unqualified" to hold UK Registration, "unqualified" generally means where the aircraft is owned by a person or company outside of the UK, the European Economic Area, or the British Commonwealth. Once an aircraft has been sold to an unqualified person the registration becomes automatically void, whether the CAA is aware of the sale or not.
If, for operational reasons, you need to de-register an aircraft urgently or outside of normal UK business hours we do offer a 24 hour service, although this is subject to prior arrangement and is subject to the Same Day service fee, see Service Standards for further details. Please contact the Aircraft Registration Section for further details.
Once the aircraft is removed from the UK Register it can no longer fly displaying its UK nationality and registration marks
There is no fee for the de-registration of an aircraft unless the Same Day service is requested.
If an aircraft has been withdrawn from use or destroyed then the registered owner must confirm this in writing by completing and signing the relevant part of the Certificate of Registration for the aircraft and returning the document to the Aircraft Registration Section. If the document is not available for any reason then please use the sale notification form. Alternatively, the details can be confirmed by letter or fax to the Aircraft Registration Section.
Upon notification we will inform the registered owner of cancellation in accordance with our Service Standards.
There is no fee for the de-registration of an aircraft.