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Ferry flight certificates of registration are intended to expedite matters for owners importing and ferrying aircraft into Australia under the "VH-" nationality mark.
ICAO requirements are that aircraft must carry the original certificate of registration, amongst other documentation, on board an aircraft. Australia has issued an exemption which states that Australian registered aircraft are exempt from carrying the original certificate of registration on board provided the aircraft is operating solely within Australian territory.
For an aircraft being added to the Australian Register while the aircraft is still in a foreign location a problem arises due to the time taken to have a certificate issued in Canberra and delivered to that foreign location.
For the purposes of a ferry flight the normal registration process is followed but the first certificate of registration is faxed or emailed directly to the aircraft's overseas location - it is not permissible to fax or email the certificate to an Australian location.
Ferry flight certificates of registration will only be issued in circumstances where there is insufficient time to deliver an original certificate of registration to the overseas location.
The following rules apply to ferry flight certificates of registration:
- Ferry flight certificates of registration are only available for aircraft located overseas at the time of inclusion in the Australian Civil Aircraft Register and for which a certificate of registration is urgently required to ferry the aircraft to Australia from the overseas country. The ferry flight certificate is only valid for the subsequent flight into Australia
- The ferry flight certificate of registration is valid for 30 days or until the aircraft first lands in Australian territory, whichever occurs first
- Ferry flight certificates of registration must be the very first certificate of registration issued. It is not possible for CASA to issue a ferry flight certificate once a standard certificate of registration is issued
- CASA reserves the right to request further information when receiving a request for a ferry flight certificate of registration if the proposed process does not ensure a safe and reliable outcome. This may cause delays. Matters of concern could include the location of the facsimile in relation to the location of the aircraft, owner of the facsimile, person collecting the document from the facsimile, etc
- Any request for the issue of a ferry flight certificate of registration after the standard certificate of registration has been issued will be rejected. The ferry flight certificate of registration process is built around the concept that the very first certificate of registration printed to prove the registration of the aircraft is the original certificate of registration.