Type Acceptance Certificate (TAC)

Caution: The aircraft must be eligible for an Overseas Territory Type Acceptance Certificate based on acceptance of a Type Design approved by either the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States, Transport Canada, or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Before an aircraft can be considered for a UK Overseas Territory Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A) a Type Acceptance Certificate (TAC) needs to be applied for. The Certificate issued by the OTAA confirms specific type design acceptance to the type certificate holder and is a pre-requisite for the issue of a Certificate of Airworthiness for an aircraft registered in the Territory.

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Registration application

Caution: The applicant must not request for the aircraft to be de-registered from the current state of registry until the OTAA has given written confirmation that the aircraft registration application process in the OTAA is complete and satisfactory. Failure to adhere to this could leave an aircraft stateless, preventing the issue of a Certificate of airworthiness.

The applicant needs to make an application to the OTAA to register the aircraft.

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  • Submit accompanying evidence in order to substantiate the identity of the owner/applicant (passport, driving licence, utility bill etc) a minimum of two forms of documentation are required.
  • Provide a legible and notarised certified true copy of the Certificate of Incorporation or similar document that clearly identifies the company name under which the aircraft will be registered.
  • A legible and notarised certified true copy of the Territory business licence that clearly identifies the company name under which the aircraft will be registered.
  • A list of all the company Directors accompanied by legible and notarised colour copies of all the Directors' passports.
  • A certified true copy of the Certificate of Good Standing issued by the Territory's Financial Services Department/Commission.
  • A statement that highlights the intentions of the organisation's business activities.

Copy of sale or lease agreement

Documents of purchase, leases, contracts or letters of intent should provide evidence that the applicant is actively procuring aircraft, facilities and services appropriate to the operation proposed.

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  • Provide copies of such agreements. Note: Financial information is not required and can be blacked out.

Mode S and ELT re-programming

The aircraft must be equipped with an ELT capable of transmitting on 406 MHz and must be coded in accordance with ICAO Annex 10 and registered with the agency responsible for maintaining the aircraft register. For operations under OTAR Part 121 or OTAR Part 135, the aircraft must be equipped with a Mode S transponder which shall provide the airborne/on-the-ground status where the aircraft is equipped with an automatic means of detecting such status.

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Aircraft fireproof plate

The aircraft identification fireproof (data) plate must be installed and correspond to the identity of the aircraft. The plate shall be etched, stamped, or engraved with the aircraft's nationality and registration marks and be affixed to the aircraft in a prominent position near the main point of entrance to the aircraft.

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  • Ensure the fireproof (data) plate is installed and corresponds to the identity of the aircraft.
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Application Forms

ASSI has published a set of Airworthiness Application Forms allowing an applicant to complete and submit a form more effectively and without the aid of ASSI staff, through the ASSI website.


Important Note

The processes, procedures and application forms in some overseas territories, may differ to the ones included here. You are advised to contact your respective Overseas Territory Aviation Authority (OTAA), to ensure that you are using the correct processes, procedures and forms.

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