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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the relationship between the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority and the Bermuda Aircraft Registry?

Bermuda Aircraft Registry is owned and managed by the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA). The BCAA is responsible for the regulation and safety oversight of aviation in Bermuda and all aircraft on the registry.

How do I know if I am eligible to register an aircraft with the BCAA?

To be eligible to place an aircraft on the Bermuda Aircraft Registry, a person must be a United Kingdom national, Commonwealth citizen or national of any European Economic Area State. In addition, the following entities are also eligible:

  • Bodies incorporated in any part of the Commonwealth (including Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies) and which have their registered office or principal place of business in any other part of the Commonwealth
  • Undertakings formed in accordance with the law of a European Economic Area State and which have their registered office, central administration or principal place of business within the European Economic Area
  • Bodies incorporated in Switzerland 
  • Swiss citizens 

Persons or corporations who do not meet these requirements may be able to incorporate a company in one of the other authorised jurisdictions.
 

What do I have to do to register an aircraft?

To assist with the process of registering an aircraft, the BCAA provides a detailed checklist that can be used as a guide to registering an aircraft, the initial issue of a Certificate of Airworthiness and the requirements for Bermuda operational approval. You can find out more on our website or get in touch with one of our knowledgeable staff members at aircraftregistration@bcaa.bm.

Where are planes registered with the BCAA based?

BCAA registered aircraft are based all around the world, including countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North America and South America.

My plane is already registered; will it be difficult to move the registration to Bermuda?

The BCAA makes it stress-free for you to move your aircraft to our registry. The BCAA accepts Type Certificates from ANAC (Brazil), EASA, FAA and Transport Canada. As a result, an aircraft from another registry can be registered in Bermuda with minimal inconvenience.

Does the BCAA have designated inspectors that oversee the European region?

Yes, the BCAA’s UK office at Farnborough Airport has engaged additional Airworthiness Inspectors who can provide excellent response times to our clients in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. We also offer the added benefit of short notice aircraft inspections and the issuance of Certificates of Airworthiness during turnarounds or layovers at Farnborough. Visit http://www.bcaa.bm/contact-us for further information.

In addition, the BCAA has a dedicated team member based in Shanghai to conduct inspections for initial and ongoing aircraft certification and to provide regulatory oversight of organisations and aircraft in the Asia Pacific region.

What are the benefits of registering an aircraft with the BCAA?

  • Tax neutrality
  • Type Certification - ANAC (Brazil), EASA, FAA, Transport Canada
  • British legal system – English Common Law
  • Asset protection through both Cape Town Convention and Mortgage Registries
  • International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)-based safety oversight system
  • Category 1 Aviation Regulatory Authority by the US Federal Aviation Administration
  • International reputation for offering high regulatory standards and excellent service levels

What does tax neutrality mean?

Bermuda is a low-tax jurisdiction with zero income, corporate, withholding or capital gains taxes. By registering an aircraft in Bermuda, owners and operators may be in a position to take advantage of favourable tax treatment in their principal place of business.

What is the significance of a mortgage registry?

The Cape Town Convention and the related Protocol (Convention) came into force for aircraft on the Bermuda Registry as of January 2018. The Convention enables interested parties to protect and recover their mobile assets with greater certainty and ease by creating an international registry. This provides assurance to lenders, leasing companies and operators that their asset is protected.

Prior to Cape Town, Bermuda had in place an Aircraft and Engine Mortgage register, which has been retained as another mechanism for protection and recovery of assets.

How many aircraft are currently registered under the BCAA?

Bermuda’s Aircraft Registry is extensive and ranks 10th in size when compared to the 192 ICAO Member States. The current registry of over 900 aircraft includes a mix of both private and commercial aircraft operated under an ICAO Article 83 bis Agreements.