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Changing a mark
Change of registration mark on an Australian aircraft
When applying for the change of a registration mark, the registration holder must abide by the requirements set out in the Important Information for Applicants on page 1 of the application form (Form 023) and the Important Information on page 1 of the Guidelines for Completing Form 023. You must also ensure that the implementation can take place within the established timeframe and without any negative impact on the operation of the aircraft.
Registration status of the new registration mark
Before the change of registration mark takes place the new registration mark must be reserved to the aircraft - identified by its manufacturer, model and serial number - and to the aircraft's registration holder.
The following conditions apply:
Whilst reserved to an aircraft - by reference to its manufacturer, model and serial number - the mark must not be placed on another aircraft unless CASA receives written consent to that effect from the holder of the reservation.
Any person other than the reservation holder cannot use the mark unless the reservation holder relinquishes control of the mark by providing CASA with written consent to that effect
Timeframe to apply to CASA for a change of registration mark
An application for a change of mark must be made in advance to CASA. The application must be received by the Australian Civil Aircraft Register at least 14 days prior to the requested effective date of the mark change. Applications that do not nominate a date of effect 14 days or more after the date of receipt by CASA will not be approved.
CASA may require the registration holder applying for a change of mark to provide further information or documentation, as described in the notice. CASA may refuse to further consider the application until the registration holder complies with the notice.
Return of the certificate of registration
The superseded certificate of registration, bearing the old registration mark, must be returned to CASA within 14 days of the date of effect on the new certificate. If the old certificate has been destroyed or lost, the registration holder must give CASA a statutory declaration to that effect within the 14 days.
Processing an application for change of mark
Provided that the registration holder or authorised representative submits a correctly completed application and all relevant additional documents, CASA will process the application.
When the change of registration mark is approved, CASA will issue a letter of approval, noting the new mark and the date provided in Section 2 of form 023 as the effective date
The registration holder and the CASA regional office assigned to oversee the airworthiness of the aircraft will be notified when the approval of the change of registration mark is granted.
It is the registration holder's sole responsibility to contact the CASA regional office to ascertain the aircraft requirements in respect to matters such as:
aircraft markings, if unable to meet Part 45 requirements;
maintenance and airworthiness documents requiring update or re-issue due to change of mark;
air operator's certificate - if engaged in commercial operations
On the date of effect CASA will issue a new certificate of registration, bearing the new registration mark. The registration holder, registered operator and regional office will be notified once the Register has been amended. We will do this as early as possible on the day of effect.
The new registration will be mailed on the same day to the communications address of the registration holder.
What will happen to the superseded registration mark?
It will be released and made available for reservation or use on another aircraft.
What happens if the registration holder decides not to proceed with the change of mark after its approval?
The registration holder must notify the Australian Civil Aircraft Register, in writing, at least 7 days before the effective date of change. If less than 7 days notice is given to CASA, it may not be possible to reverse the process without causing some inconvenience to the registration holder. If the registration holder changes his mind on or after the date of effect a new application for mark change must be lodged as the change will have already taken place.
What happens if the registration holder wants to change the effective date?
The registration holder must notify the Australian Civil Aircraft Register, in writing, of the required amended effective date at least 7 days before the original date scheduled for the change of mark. A new effective date can not be earlier than the originally scheduled date.
If the registration holder is unable to provide 7 days notice, then the mark change will take place on the original effective date, or the application must be withdrawn and the mark change will be cancelled. If an application is withdrawn the fee will not be refunded.
If an application is withdrawn and the registration holder still wishes to change a mark, then a new application and fee must be submitted.
Regulations - CASR Part 47
CASR Part 47 information sheets - Registration of aircraft and related matters
Regulatory registration requirements for gliders are the same as for powered aircraft.
The Gliding Federation of Australia (GFA) administers the glider registration process on CASA’s behalf through an instrument of delegation. Glider registration forms are submitted to the GFA for processing.
For reasons which are explained below, aircraft registration information published on the CASA website is not necessarily a contemporaneous record of aircraft information and CASA therefore does not guarantee the accuracy of the published information. The information made available is sourced from CASA’s Data Files and registration documents lodged by aircraft owners and operators. This includes information beyond that contained in the Australian Civil Aircraft Register that CASA is required to make publicly available under regulations 47.030 and 47.080 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR 1998). For privacy reasons, personal information such as contact details may not be fully published on the CASA website.
Aircraft maximum take-off weight
Aircraft maximum take-off weights (MTOW) displayed in the CASA Data Files (CSV format) reflect the weights applicable to new aircraft when first flown and may not reflect the weight currently approved for a particular aircraft. Airspace and aerodrome operators should not rely on this data for billing or costing purposes, but should make their own MTOW enquiries. Parties who rely on the specified weights in the Data Files for billing, costing or similar purposes do so at their own risk. CASA accepts no responsibility for financial disputes between parties that may arise from MTOW issues.
Certificate of Airworthiness information
The Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) information published in the CASA Data Files (CSV format) may not reflect the current airworthiness status of the relevant aircraft. The CofA category published for a particular aircraft usually reflects the category assigned to that aircraft when the CofA was issued. It should not be relied on to determine whether that CofA is still current or whether the aircraft is still in an airworthy condition.
ICAO Type Designators
CASA accepts no responsibility for errors regarding the published Designators in the CASA Data Files (CSV format). Refer to the ICAO website for the correct ICAO Type Designator for an aircraft. Please contact the Aircraft Register if you discover any discrepancies between the ICAO Type Designator information on the ICAO website and the Data Files.
Registration Holder (RH) and Registered Operator (RO) commencement dates
The commencement dates shown for the registration holder and the registered operator are the dates that CASA recorded those respective entities against the relevant aircraft on the Australian Civil Aircraft Register. These dates may not reflect the date that a transfer of title occurred or the date that a registration holder appointed a particular registered operator.