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FAQs Regarding Registration Of Aircraft & Answers:

What is Registration of Aircraft in Pakistan?
In accordance with ICAO Chicago Convention, Pakistan being signatory, every aircraft whether imported or brought on dry lease, required to apply to CAA for Pakistani Registration.

What is the international mark given by ICAO for taking aircraft on Pakistani Registration?
First two letters should always be "AP".

What is the Pakistani Regulation for Aircraft Registration?
Rule 06 to 12 Section-I, Para II of CAR-94.

Where does the Registration requirement spell out?
The requisite documents are :-

  1. NOC from AT Directorate
  2. Import Permit from Govt. of Pakistan
  3. Custom Clearance
  4. Deregistration from previous country
  5. Proof of ownership
Other details are given in Airworthiness Notice No.5, Issue-1 dated 06-04-2000.

Can specific number of alphabets be obtained for Pakistani Registration?
Yes, The specific set of three alphabets can be awarded upon request of operator and payment of special fees in this regard.

Can Registration Number be obtained in alphanumeric or simple number?
No.

Who will issue NOC for import or acquisition of aircraft?
Air Transport Directorate of CAA.

Whether Registration application should come on prescribed format?
Yes, Form CAA-054 (Rev-III) should be used.

What documents are required for verification before giving registration?

  1. Ownership documents
  2. Leased documents
  3. Power of attorney etc
  4. Filing of IDERA in accordance with Cape Town Convention as the case may be

What is Deregistration of aircraft?
In case aircraft is permanently destroyed, remained unserviceable and do not maintain Airworthiness of aircraft for consecutive two year, aircraft is removed from Pakistan Civil Aircraft Register. Deregistration of aircraft is also done on request of present owner when aircraft is exported to other country.

FAQs Regarding Registration Of Aircraft & Answers:

Is it necessary to get Certificate of Airworthiness of Aircraft?
Yes. All aircraft except Ultralight & Airships are required to have Certificate of Airworthiness before start of operation

What are the requirements for issue of Certificate of Airworthiness?
The requirements for issue of Certificate of Airworthiness are detailed in ANO: 92.00004 Issue-2 dated 10-07-2004.

Who validate the Certificate of Airworthiness?
The qualified Airworthiness Inspector of relevant Airworthiness field office validate the Certificate of Airworthiness.

Which Civil Aviation Rules 1994 governs issue & validation of Certificate of Airworthiness?
Rule 16 of CAR-94.

What are the Categories of Certificate of Airworthiness?

  1. Regular Public Transport
  2. Charter
  3. Aerial work
  4. Private
What Owner/Operator of aircraft should specify while applying for Certificate of Airworthiness?
  1. Categories of Aircraft
  2. Place & date of inspection of aircraft
  3. All technical details of aircraft
  4. Previous certificate of airworthiness, if any
  5. Export certificate of airworthiness

Can aircraft be flown on Export Certificate of Airworthiness?
No

Why AME is required to undertake Certificate of Airworthiness work?
Only appropriately qualified AME duly licensed from CAA can undertake Certificate of Airworthiness work.

Is test flight a requirement for "C of A" issue or validation?
Except specified in approved Aircraft maintenance programme the "C of A" can be validated without test flight. However aircraft falling in general aviation category require test flight on overhaul basis for renewal/validation of C of A.

Is weighing of aircraft necessary for Certificate of Airworthiness?
No. Except where found necessary or the centre of gravity of aircraft is changed more than 0.5% MAC or otherwise, weighing of aircraft is not condition to issue or validate "C of A".

What is the period of validity of "C of A"?
Period not exceeding 12 months is each case.

The details of documents required for "C of A" are detailed at :-
Para 47 of ANO: 92.0004.

What are the requirements of renewal of "C of A"?
These are spelled out at Para ‘5’ of ANO No: 92.0004.

When the "C of A" of aircraft become invalid?
Any failure to maintain an aircraft in an airworthiness condition as defined by the airworthiness requirements laid down by Airworthiness Directorate shall render aircraft ineligible for operation until aircraft is restored to an airworthiness condition.Any failure to maintain an aircraft in an airworthiness condition as defined by the airworthiness requirements laid down by Airworthiness Directorate shall render aircraft ineligible for operation until aircraft is restored to an airworthiness condition.

When "C of A" will cease to be valid?
On expiry of "C of A" date, non carrying of mandatory equipment on board the aircraft, any of aircraft equipment essential to continued airworthiness of aircraft is overhauled or repaired other than in a manner which complies with maintenance & repair procedures. Issued by aircraft & its equipment manufacturer and maintenance schedule approved by Airworthiness Directorate. etc. For details see Para 6 of ANO: 92.0004.

Do the application for issue, validation of "C of A" & export "C of A" are same?
No.

Do foreign registered aircraft require "C of A" for flying?
An aircraft registered in a state other than Pakistan shall not fly within Pakistan unless there is relating to that aircraft, current "C of A" issued or validated by state of registry of aircraft.

Can a conditional "C of A" be issued?
Aircraft "C of A" issued by DG CAA shall be subject to the condition as may be attached to it or to any conditions included in flight manual or other certification document for the aircraft or to any condition specified in ANO from time to time.

Can the aircraft be deregistered upon expiry of "C of A"?
In case C of A of an aircraft remains expired for two consecutive terms or fails to give evidence for maintenance /storage of aircraft, it shall be deregistered.

Can temporary "C of A" be issued?
Yes.

Training Institutes Approval

I would like to open an aviation training institute in Pakistan. How do I apply?
A person or organization seeking approval for establishing a training organization/centre for imparting training to produce AME/Technicians, shall submit an application on Form CAA-059 to CAA as per ANO 92.0008.

Where can I find the Form CAA-059?
You can get the form CAA-059 from any of the three Airworthiness field offices located at Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi or CAA website, i.e. www.caapakistan.com.pk.

What other documents do I submit with the form CAA-059?
Along with the form CAA-059, you will have to submit an Exposition Manual and the prescribed fee. Also refer to the current ANO 92.0008.

Where do I submit these documents?
These documents are to be submitted to any of the three Airworthiness field offices located at Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. Addresses and contact numbers of the field offices can be obtained from CAA website www.caapakistan.com.pk.

Where can I find the guidelines for developing an Exposition Manual?
To develop an Exposition Manual, you can refer to para 4 of the current ANO No. 92.0008 ‘Approved Training Organization’.

After obtaining ‘Approval’, do I have to review the Exposition Manual periodically?
Yes, the Exposition Manual shall be reviewed periodically by the Organization. Changes arising from the review and changes arising from supervisory visits by the CAA Airworthiness Directorate shall be forwarded to the CAA Airworthiness Directorate for Approval.

How much will it cost me to get an Organization Approval Certificate?
The fee for issuance of the Organization Approval Certificate is given in the current Airworthiness Notice No.3.

Where can I find the Airworthiness Notice No.3?
You can download the Airworthiness Notices and Air Navigation Orders from CAA website, www.caapakistan.com.pk.

Do I have to renew the Certificate and for how long is the Organization Approval Certificate valid for?
Yes, you have to renew the Organization Approval Certificate. The certificate is renewed by submitting an application on form CAA 463A to any of the three Airworthiness field offices located at Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. The Organization Approval Certificate is valid for a period 01 year. The fee for renewal of the Organization Approval Certificate is given in the current Airworthiness Notice No.3.

When do I apply for renewal of the Organization Approval Certificate?
For revalidation / renewal the organization shall apply at least three months before the expiry of the validity on Form CAA 463A.

What is form CAA 463?
The certificate of approval would be issued on Form CAA 463.

After obtaining the Organization Approval Certificate, can I make any changes?
Yes, you can make any changes, however written notification shall be made to CAA prior to any changes in the organization, personnel or location of facilities that may affect the original basis of approval.

What would CAA’s role be after granting ‘Approval’?
Auditing and monitoring.

What documents should I refer to and where can I find these documents?
To get more details on this subject, you can refer to our current Air Navigation Order Number 92.0008 and Airworthiness Notice No. 35 (para 5) which is available on CAA’s website www.caapakistan.com.pk

Certificate of Type Approval (CTA)

What is a Certificate of Type Approval (CTA)?
A Certificate of Type Approval (CTA), as defined by CAR94 rule 18A and 18B, includes the type design, the operating limitations, the type certificate data sheet (TCDS), the applicable regulations, and any other conditions or limitations prescribed by the PCAA.

What is the difference between Certificate of Type Approval (CTA) and Type Certificate?
There is no difference between the two documents. However, different terms are used by different contracting states.

Can I apply for a Type Approval (CTA)?
Yes, if you are manufacturing a product in Pakistan.

What do you mean by ‘PRODUCT’?
A product can be an aircraft, an aircraft engine, or propeller. In regards to export airworthiness approvals, it includes components and parts of aircraft, of aircraft engines, and of propellers; also parts, materials, and appliances, approved under the Technical Standard Order (TSO) system. CTAs are only issued for aircraft, aircraft engines and propellers.

How do I apply for a Certificate of Type Approval (CTA)?
Application is to be submitted to the Airworthiness Directorate, HQCAA on CAA Form-8110-12 in duplicate along with prescribed fee. Addresses and contact numbers of Airworthiness Directorate, HQCAA can be obtained from CAA website www.caapakistan.com.pk

Where can I find the CAA Form-811012?
You can get the form CAA Form-811012 from the current ANO 92.0006 (Appendix ‘A’). This ANO is also available on CAA website, i.e. www.caapakistan.com.pk

When does the certificate process begin?
The certification process begins when the designer or manufacturer of a new product submits an application along with the required drawings / specifications and documents to the Airworthiness Directorate.

Is it necessary that a designer / manufacturer of a new product should consult PCAA prior to commencement of manufacturing?
Yes, it is essential that a designer / manufacturer of a new product should consult PCAA prior to commencement of manufacturing to ensure that the design of product he intends to manufacture conforms to approved airworthiness requirements of FAR / JAR or to that design standards acceptable to PCAA.

Can PCAA issue a Certificate of Type Approval (CTA) to a product that has been manufactured abroad?
CTA are not issued to products that are manufactured abroad. The certificate of type approval and data sheet is issued to only those products that have been manufactured in Pakistan.

After obtaining a Certificate of Type Approval (CTA) for a product manufactured in Pakistan, can I make changes to the basic design of the product?
The holder of a Certificate of Type Approval (CTA) may apply for an amendment of the original Certificate of Type Approval (CTA) if the change/s to the type design is not so extensive as to require a new Certificate of Type Approval (CTA), and is classified as "major".

Can anyone apply for a Certificate of Type Approval (CTA) amendment?
No, only a Certificate of Type Approval (CTA) holder may apply for a Certificate of Type Approval (CTA) amendment.

What is a Type Acceptance Certificate?
Type Acceptance Certificate is a certificate issued on the basis of accepting the Type Certificate issued by another ICAO Contracting State

I am a Type Certificate holder from another ICAO contracting state. Can I apply for a Type Acceptance Certificate?
Yes you can. PCAA will issue a Type Acceptance Certificate to your product on the basis of accepting the ‘Type Certificate’ that has been issued to you by your State, provided that it meets the requirements mentioned in ANO 92.0006 para 7. The ANO is available on CAA website, i.e. www.caapakistan.com.pk

How do I apply for a Type Acceptance Certificate?
Application is to be submitted to the Airworthiness Directorate, HQCAA on CAA Form-8110-12 in duplicate along with prescribed fee.

What documents should I refer to and where can I find these documents?
To get more details on this subject, you can refer to our current Air Navigation Order Number 92.0006 which is available on CAA’s website www.caapakistan.com.pk

Note: These FAQs are guidelines; they can not be quoted for any official correspondence. For official correspondence, only PCAA current rules and regulations are to be referred.


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