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Aruba: Offshore Business Sectors

Aircraft Registry

In recent years Aruba has developed a thriving aircraft registry, which now contains aircraft of more than 30 different types, including large commercial jets, helicopters, and especially executive jets. The aircraft in the registry belong to commercial and VIP international operators, leasing companies and private owners.

Aruba is a CATEGORY 1 country rated by the US FAA and ICAO. As an overseas territory and country of the European Union and an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba follows the Joint Aviation Authority (JAA) standards and its civil aviation regulations are based on the JAR’s. However, since Aruba is geographically located in the Americas Insular Territory the Department of Civil Aviation is well versed in the US FAR’s regulations.

Aruba was invited to be a member of the International Maintenance Review Board, formed by the civil aviation authorities of the USA, Canada, European Union, Japan, and Australia.

Official personnel from the Department of Civil Aviation of Aruba conduct the inspection and certification of the aircraft and its records.

The process of registering and certifying an aircraft normally takes two to three working days. Documentary requirements are:

  • Registration Application INS 4.014
  • Airworthiness Application INS 4.009 (Sign off by Mechanic)
  • Aircraft Operated Outside Aruba Application INS 4.003
  • Proof of ownership (Bill of Sale if any)
  • Copy of lease agreement (if any).
  • Certificate of Insurance. (third party liability required)
  • Copy of de-registration letter.
  • Export Certificate of Airworthiness
  • Copy of the page of the Flight Manual with the MTOW of the aircraft.
  • Work order for installation of Registration Marks & ID Plate
  • Request of additional Certificates (Noise, MNPS-RVSM, etc.)

It is common to use an Aruba Exempt Corporation (AEC) to own aircraft, which brings tax advantages (but see above for changes from January, 2006, and see Offshore Legal and Tax Regime).



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