Here’s How and When to Deregister an Aircraft from the Canadian Registry

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You are probably well aware of how important it is to stay on top of your aircraft registration in order to comfortably fly according to the Canadian Aviation Regulations. However, do you know about when it’s important to deregister an aircraft

What is Deregistration?

When you first acquired your aircraft, one of the first things you had to do was to register it with Transport Canada, remember? Why? Because it’s important for this agency to keep track of the aircraft flying around the Canadian airspace, be them recreational, commercial, or educational. Now, this is good for as long as the aircraft is active, but once it no longer is, then there is no longer need for it to be part of the aircraft registry. What to do in such a situation? Well, that’s what the deregistration process is for. With this form, you can make sure that an aircraft is no longer registered under your name with Transport Canada.

When to Deregister an Aircraft?

Now, when could this tool be useful? Let’s go over some possible scenarios:

  • The aircraft is no longer operable – If your aeroplane is no longer able to fly or has been damaged beyond possible use, then it’s important to remember you can deregister an aircraft. There’s no use for the registration since there’s no longer an aeroplane it’s attached to.
  • You’re selling the aircraft to a foreign agent – Now, first of all, it’s important to remember that if you are selling an aircraft to a fellow Canadian then there’s no need to deregister it. Instead, you should apply for a transfer of ownership. However, if the aircraft is being sold or transferred to someone who isn’t a Candian citizen or resident, then you should deregister it from the national registry since the aircraft will no longer operate as a domestic one.
  • The aircraft is being grounded indefinitely – Lastly, if for whatever reason you are going to be grounding the aircraft indefinitely, which is to say you will not be using it for an extended period of time and are unsure of how long, you can deregister it until you know that it’s going to be in use again.

How Does the Deregistration Work?

So, if you are deregistering an aircraft for any of these reasons or some other, then you will have to apply for deregistration. There is a specific form corresponding to this process, which you can conveniently find on our sidebar. This form allows you to apply to close the aircraft’s registration in the Canadian registry. All you need to do is provide information about the aircraft, the particulars of the applicant, and the declaration of ownership. Once you pay the $125 fee, you will have submitted your registration for deletion.

All Aviation Registration Forms

If you are carrying out any process that requires aviation documentation, allow our team here at the National Aviation Registry to guide you through this. Here you will find all the forms you might need for your aviation papers, including those to deregister an aircraft. Should you need some additional help with any of it, give us a call at 1-800-998-3527 and we’ll answer your questions in no time.