The competent for keeping the Cyprus Aircraft Register is the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).
The DCA is responsible for the registration, transfer and deletion of aircrafts under the Republic of Cyprus.
Registration of Aircraft
The registration of Aircraft in Cyprus is governed under Article 11 of the Civil Aviation Act of 2002-2008 as amended, which specifies the qualifications required to own an aircraft registered in Cyprus.
Persons wishing to register an aircraft in Cyprus, should submit an application on Form DCA 201 at least three weeks in advance, accompanied by the following documents:
(a) Evidence of qualification to be owner of aircraft as required under Article 11 of the Civil Aviation Act. of 2002-2008 as amended.
In the case of bodies corporate applying for the first time, a copy of:
- Certificate of Registration of the Company;
- Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association of the Company;
- Certificate of composition of the Board of Directors and a statement of their respective nationality;
- Company ́s Registered address certificate;
- Certificate of composition of the company ́s shareholders with details of the nationalityof shareholder and the number of shares owned.
(b) Certificate of ownership of the aircraft or Bill of Sale.
(c) Insurance Certificate against third party and Passenger liability covering loss, injury and damage to persons and property in accordance with European Regulation (EC) No. 785/2004 and Cyprus AICs C13/2005 and A03/2005.
(d) De-registration from State of previous registry (if applicable).
(e) Statement from the Department of Customs and Excise confirming that there are no outstanding issues regarding the aircraft (both with Customs and VAT).
(f) If the aircraft is on lease, a certified true copy of the lease agreement properly stamped by the Cyprus Government Commissioner of Stamp Duties.
(g) Official statement from the applicant stating the main place of business of the company and the usual base and area of operation of the aircraft.
(h) Aircraft Noise certificate
(i) ValidcertificateofAirworthinessinaccordancewitharticle16oftheCyprusCivilAviation Act. of 2002-2008 as amended.
A Certificate of Registration cannot be issued to an aircraft unless it is also issued with a Certificate of Airworthiness.
Qualifications for registration
1. Only aircraft which meet the following conditions can be entered in the Cyprus Aircraft Registry:
(a) aircraft not registered in a foreign registry;
(b) aircraft whose airworthiness is attested by certificate in accordance with Article 16 (certificate of airworthiness) or the renewal of said certificate in accordance with Article 16 (airworthiness inspection) paragraph 5;
(c) aircraft whose environmental compliance is attested by noise certification;
(d) aircraft whose owner with a stake greater than 50% or holder of the rights to acquire them or, in case of leasing of at least six months, the lessee or other such party entitled, is:
(aa) a natural person of Cypriot nationality, or a national of an EU or ECAA member state, even if not residing or staying in the Republic; or
(bb) a body corporate which –
– has been incorporated under the law of the Republic or the law of an EU or ECAA member state;
– has its registered office and main place of business in the territory of the Republic or the territory of an EU or ECAA member state;
and of which –
– more than 50% of the assets and capital are held by Cypriot nationals or nationals of EU or ECAA member states;
– the majority of those with power of attorney or personally liable are Cypriot nationals or nationals of EU or ECAA member states
2. In the event that the aircraft has its usual headquarters or area of operations abroad, and the owner or charterer thereof has neither residence nor office of operation in the Republic, the Minister shall be entitled to reject the application to register the aircraft in the Cyprus Aircraft Registry, or, depending on the case, to order the deletion of the aircraft from the Cyprus Aircraft Registry, if he should deem that under the circumstances, the aircraft should be registered in the registry of another country. Without prejudice to Article 10 (Cyprus Aircraft Registry) paragraph 2, for the rest.
3. Aircraft that does not meet one of the conditions of paragraph 1, may, by reasoned decision of the Minister, be exceptionally registered in the Cyprus Aircraft Registry.
4. The owner and operator of the aircraft shall apprise the Cyprus Aircraft Registry immediately of any and all changes in the above registry conditions.
The airworthiness certification of aircraft is governed under the Cyprus Civil Aviation Act of 2002-2008, as amended, and EASA regulations 1702/2003 and 2042/2003.
The aircraft owner must contact the Airworthiness Section of the DCA Safety Regulation Unit. An Airworthiness Inspector will be assigned and the relevant application forms will be sent to the owner. The assigned inspector will be in charge of the certification process and will be in continuous contact with the owner.
All aircraft coming onto the Cyprus Register should conform to an acceptable Type Certificate Standard.
For aircraft originating from outside the European Union, an airworthiness review must be carried out. The airworthiness review must be carried out by a Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation. For aircraft of 2730kg MTOM and below the airworthiness review may be carried out by the DCA if it is requested by the owner.
For aircraft originating from a European Union Member State, copies of the certificates must be provided to the assigned Inspector. He will advise the owner of the process to be followed.
The owner must supply noise certification data for his aircraft as requested by the assigned Inspector.
The owner must provide copies of the following documents:
- Aircraft Flight Manual / Pilot Operating Handbook
- Maintenance Program
- Aircraft Log Books
- Maintenance / Service Manuals
The assigned Inspector will review all the submitted documents and physically survey the aircraft. The owner will be informed of any non-conformity and must take the necessary action.
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Historical Background on Aviation in Cyprus
Due to the importance and development of air transport, the colonial Government of Cyprus established the Department of Civil Aviation in 1955. At that time, the responsibilities of the Department were the development and administration of Nicosia airport. The Department also had played an advisory role to the Governor for the development of air transport.
The colonial government’s air transport policy only concerned non-scheduled and charter flights, while approval all other flights was determined by the United Kingdom in accordance with its international obligations.
Cyprus became a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), an agency of the United Nations, shortly after its independence in February 1961.
ICAO has entrusted and delegated to the Department of Civil Aviation the responsibility to provide air traffic control services in a space of an area covering 175,000 square kilometers, which is several times the size of Cyprus.
As a result of the Turkish invasion in July 1974, the entire civil aviation infrastructure was either destroyed or occupied by Turkish troops. Specifically, the one and only airport of the island was shut down and handed over to United Nations forces. The airport is in the buffer zone now. The Area Control Center, which was residing at the airport, also discontinued operations and the telecommunications and facilities located in the Pentadaktylos Mountains were occupied by Turkish troops. For a period of six months Cyprus remained without air transport and was almost isolated from the rest of the world. In the meantime, it was decided that a new airport would have to commence operations at Larnaca using the abandoned airport of 1948.
In 1983 Pafos airport was inaugurated. The airport aimed primarily at serving the needs of the district of Pafos. Pafos airport has undoubtedly contributed positively and substantially to development of tourism in the district with beneficial effects on the overall economy of the country.
In 1986 the new Area Control Centre was inaugurated. This was equipped with radar and modern telecommunications systems and is located in the CYTA building in Acropolis.
The observed increase in numbers of passenger traffic at our airports, and the demand for air traffic control services, in our opinion, reflects two very basic and positive factors for our country. The first being the preference that the public has for Cyprus as a favourable holiday destination and service centre. With proper planning, Cyprus can maintain this favourable status. The other is related to the natural geographical advantage that Cyprus holds which can be exploited, positioning Cyprus as an emerging transit point for air travel.
After the accession of Cyprus to the European Union, the status of the operation of flights within the Union has been liberalized resulting in an increase in competition. Additionally, the creation of low-cost airlines and airline alliances as well as global recession have altered conditions in air transport and it is now necessary to ensure the best possible quality of factors of production: an efficient labour force, low cost capital, superior infrastructure.
Recognizing these imperatives, the Government has already advanced the modernization process of the Cypriot airports, Larnaca and Pafos. It has done this by selecting the private consortium Hermes Airports to undertake the construction and modernization of new facilities at both airports via the B.O.T. (Build, Operate, Transfer) method. As a result, the management of the above airports has been undertaken by the aforementioned consortium for a time span of 25 years ratified by an agreement that was signed on May 12, 2006. The consortium had temporarily taken over existing facilities after having made improvements to them, up until the completion of the project and construction of the new facilities.
The Hermes company completed the construction of the new facilities at Larnaca and Pafos under the general master plan prepared by the company ADP (Aeroport de Paris). The new Larnaca airport started operations in November 2009 and in the first phase it has the capacity to serve 7.5m. passengers per year. There is potential for further expansion and construction of a second parallel runway when this is deemed necessary. The new buildings of Pafos airport operated in November 2008 and have the ability to serve 2.7m. passengers per year.Read More
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is the centrepiece of the European Union’s strategy for aviation safety. Its mission is to promote the highest common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation. The Agency develops common safety and environmental rules at the European level which are implemented by the Member States. It monitors the implementation of standards through inspections in the Member States and provides the necessary technical expertise, training and research. The Agency works hand in hand with the national authorities which continue to carry out many operational tasks, such as certification of individual aircraft or licensing of pilots.
The Republic of Cyprus follows and implements all laws and regulations passed by the European Aviation Safety Agency.Read More