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A foreign aircraft exemption is an exemption specifically for owners and operators of foreign registered aircraft.
It permits them to fly in UK airspace.
The UK CAA cannot issue permissions for operators of foreign registered aircraft to fly in Channel Islands or Isle of Man airspace. Operators will need to approach the relevant Aviation Authority for this.
You will need to apply for an exemption from us if:
General exemptions are exemptions that have already been pre-agreed by the CAA. You do not need to apply for an
exemption as long as your aircraft meets certain requirements.
You must be able to prove you meet these requirements as you could be asked to show your documents at any time
during your visit.
You can only fly in UK airspace under one of these exemptions for a maximum of 28 consecutive days.
If you are flying a home-built or certain historic aircraft and you are from an ECAC member state you do not need to apply for an exemption.
You must have a permit to fly or equivalent.
Foreign registered home built and certain foreign registered historic aircraft
Official Records Series 4: General Exemption for Foreign Registered Home-built and certain Historic Aircraft
If you’re flying a French registered aircraft you do not need to apply for an exemption unless your aircraft is
ex-military or a factory-built gyroplane.
Official Records Series 4: Exemption for Certain French Registered Aircraft not possessing ICAO Compliant Certificates of Airworthiness
If you’re flying an Irish registered aircraft you do not need to apply for an individual exemption unless your aircraft is
ex-military in design.
You must have a permit to fly, Flight Permit Exemption or equivalent.
Official Records Series 4: Exemption for Certain Irish Registered Aircraft not possessing ICAO Compliant Certificates of Airworthiness
Any CAA Exemption issued will be valid only for the transit flights to and from the UK. If you’re flying in the UK
and participating in an air display, you will need other permissions from us as well as any permission in relation to the Airworthiness Certification.
For further information see Flying displays and special events.
Your insurance must be in line with the requirements set out by Regulation (EC) 785/2004.
You may be required to show insurance documentation when you apply for an exemption, as we are monitoring this on
behalf of the UK Department for Transport.
If your documentation shows you have not complied with this regulation it will be forwarded to the Aircraft
Registration Department for review.
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