Aircraft Registration Process

Aircraft Registration Application Process for Private Operator
OTAR: Part 125 Complex General Aviation including Corporate Operations

Our staff endeavours to ensure a simple and efficient registration process.

General Information

Aircraft operated in the Private Category must not be used for commercial operations which are defined as those being for “hire or reward”.

Should you be interested in conducting commercial operations please contact the CAACI for information concerning application for an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) under OTAR Part 121 or Part 135.

Other than aircraft where the Operational Base is approved to be in the Cayman Islands, it is the CAACI’s policy to only accept aircraft of a Certified Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) exceeding 12,500lbs/5,700kg for registration on the C.I. Aircraft Registry.

Exceptions are considered, and decisions for acceptance are based on generality of interests to aviation on the Cayman Islands aircraft register in respect of modern light turbojet, turboprop aircraft and helicopters based on Cayman Islands registered yachts.

For aircraft with a manufacturing year of 1990 or earlier:
There is no set age restriction. However, before a Registration Application is submitted for CAACI acceptance, applicants within this category are requested to inquire directly to our Air Safety Division to the Director of Air Safety Regulation or the Manager of Airworthiness at The inquiry should be in regard to the suitability of the aircraft for inclusion on the Cayman Islands Aircraft Register.
The following details of the aircraft should be provided:

  • Its designation
  • Year of manufacture
  • TCDS compliance
  • Current State of register
  • Précis of Operating history and details of any modifications incorporated required to comply with current certification and operating requirements.

Each aircraft will be considered on a case by case basis.

The first step in the process to register an aircraft in the Cayman Islands under OTAR Part 125 – Private Operators, is the submission of the electronic Registration Application along with the financial and legal due diligence of the registering owner through the electronic Aircraft Register/data management portal VP-C Online. Please visit this website to request an electronic registration application.

Upon receiving a completed Registration Application, CAACI will commence a financial and legal “due diligence” assessment to determine if the aircraft/owner meets the necessary criteria and suitability for the Registry. A necessary criteria that should be met before the application process begins is the eligibility of the registering owner in the Territory under the Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) (Amendment) Order 2014. Please review the list of eligible owners to determine eligibility of the applicant. Once eligibility of the applicant has been confirmed, the registration process can commence. The “Due Diligence Checklist” should then be completed and the associated documentation submitted with the Registration Application as soon as possible in order to expedite the due diligence phase of the registration process.

Prior to the application proceeding beyond the due diligence phase, a deposit of 50% the cost of the Certificate of Airworthiness to a minimum of US$2,439.05(CI$2,000) is required to be paid to the CAACI. To request a deposit billing in advance of the submission of the Registration Application, details of the aircraft including the aircraft type, manufacturer’s serial number, the Maximum Take-Off Weight and the requested registration mark should be sent by email to

Please direct all aircraft registration inquiries to

The aircraft registration mark can be selected through the online Registration Application. Alterna