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Import and register foreign aircraft
To register an imported aircraft in Australia, CASA requires notification from the foreign civil aviation authority that the aircraft has been removed from or never entered on their register.
Conditions also apply to the registration of aircraft that have previously been registered with an Australian sporting association or aircraft that have been registered with the Australian State Register.
You will need to complete Aircraft registration initial registration form 29 (pdf 240.2 KB) to register the aircraft. The following conditions apply:
- Before Form 029 is lodged for imported aircraft, CASA must receive official notification of the aircraft's de-registration or non-registration by the NAA/sporting authority of the country from which the aircraft has, or will be, imported.
- Before Form 029 is lodged for an aircraft previously registered with an Australian sporting association, CASA must receive official notification of the aircraft's de-registration or non-registration from the association.
- Before Form 029 is lodged for an aircraft previously registered with the Australian State Register, CASA must receive official notification of the aircraft's de-registration from the Department of Defence.
- Alternatively, the application MUST be accompanied by a copy of the official notification mentioned above.
- Printouts from websites are not acceptable as official notification.
- If an application is received for an aircraft that has been or will be imported or is on the State register or register of a sporting association, the application to register the aircraft will be returned as unacceptable unless the above requirement is met.
- Where the official notification is more than three months old, or where the aircraft's registration was cancelled more than three months ago, the owner is required to provide a statutory declaration which outlines the aircraft's whereabouts and operations since its de-registration or the issuing of the non-registration notice. In addition, the declaration needs to state that the aircraft has not been placed on the register of any other country since the cancellation or issuing of the non-registration notice. This provides CASA with additional confidence that the aircraft will not be on the register of two contracting States at the same time. The statutory declaration should be faxed or scanned and emailed along with your Form 029.
If you wish to nominate a specific available registration mark you will need to reserve that mark. Please refer to the list of available marks. If a registration mark is not reserved for the aircraft, CASA allocates the next available registration mark.
Once the aircraft has been registered, you will need to obtain a Certificate of Airworthiness. You should contact your local CASA regional office in relation to airworthiness matters.
Details of the delivery of an aircraft to Australia are included in AC 21.33(0).
For information about duties and taxes you should enquire with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.