An Export Airworthiness Certificate is One Step in an Export Process

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The export airworthiness certificate will be at the heart of the process of exporting a Canadian aircraft, but it will not be the entirety of it. A lot of people get lost along the way by thinking that this certificate is everything they need when it comes to exporting the aircraft. However, this is merely one of the requirements throughout the overall process, which will also involve removing the registration in question from the Canadian registry. If you have doubts about exactly what an export process like this will entail, we can provide you with a brief overview of the necessary requirements.

The Process to Export Canadian Aircraft

When exporting an aircraft from Canada to a different country, there is a specific process that is necessary to follow in order for everything to be done in order. It’s all very specific, so allow us to guide you through some of the details of the process. In order to export the aircraft, you will have to:

  • Remove the Canadian nationality and registration marks from the exterior of the aircraft.
  • Remove the aircraft mark plate, if applicable.
  • Request in writing that the Civil Aviation agency of Transport Canada deletes the registration of your aircraft through the de-registration form that you can find here on our website.
  • Remove the aircraft Mode S Transponder address code and, should it be required of your situation, apply for an export airworthiness certificate.
  • Provide the aircraft’s specific documentation with the request.

What Is an Export Airworthiness Certificate?

As you can see, part of the process to export Canadian aircraft will be an export airworthiness certificate, which is a document that will state that the aircraft in question is, in fact, suited for use in the country where it’s going to be registered now. In order to receive it, you will need to provide your contact information, the name and address of the exporter, as well as that of the buyer, and the aircraft information, including data about the engines, propellers, and manufacturer. Once you receive the export airworthiness certificate, you will be able to continue the export process, but it’s not exactly done for, as the prior requirement list might indicate. Mind you, while a lot of people believe that this is what is necessary to export the aircraft, it is only a component of the process rather than the entirety.

Getting Everything Ready for an Export

As you can see, there is a lot of work that goes into preparing Canadian aircraft for export. The bulk of it is going to be gathering the necessary documents for the process, even more so than the logistics of actually exporting the aircraft to the country of its new registration. Whether you are deleting the registration for export or getting an export airworthiness certificate to move it to a different country, we at the National Aviation Registration can guide you through the process and provide you with all the necessary forms to do so. Just know that if at any point you need help with your applications, you can call us at (800) 998-3527 or email us at