Does a charter operator require a permit to operate into the Cayman Islands?2022-01-19T17:25:21-05:00

Yes, all air transport operations into the Cayman Islands are subject to regulation under the UK’s Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order, AN(OT)O, and in particular Article 135 which provides that all foreign registered aircraft operating into the territory for valuable consideration be licensed to do so by the UK Secretary of State. This authorization has been delegated (as of September 2004) to the Governor and thereby to the Director-General of Civil Aviation for the Cayman Islands. An operating permit can be obtained by contacting the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI) at permits@caacayman.com or the website caacayman.com.

Response to Part 135 Operators

Does a private operator require a permit to operate into the Cayman Islands2022-01-19T17:26:22-05:00

Once the operation in not for ‘gainful consideration’ a permit is not required.

Response to Part 91 Operators

What is the processing time for an operating permit?2021-11-22T08:54:15-05:00

Once the CAACI is in receipt of all required documents (see non-scheduled checklist) an operating permit can be issued within 3 days.

What language are documents submitted required to be in?2021-11-22T08:51:19-05:00

All documents submitted to the CAACI must either be in English; or dually translated with English as a language or the foreign language to be accompanied by a notarized English translation.

Is a handler required to operate into the Cayman Islands?2021-11-22T08:50:45-05:00

Yes, an approved ground handler is required to operate into the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands Airports Authority issues a list of all licensed handlers.

Is there an age restriction for pilots operating (commercial operations scheduled service or charter) into the Cayman Islands?2021-12-16T12:30:11-05:00

Aircraft shall comply with Standard and of Annex 1 of the Chicago Convention when operating Air Transport Operations into the territory. Below is a summary of the key elements of this standard:

  • A Contracting State, having issued pilot licenses, shall not permit the holders thereof to act as pilot of an aircraft engaged in international commercial air transport operations if the license holders have attained their 60th birthday or, in the case of operations with more than one pilot, their 65th birthday; and
  • When the holders of flight crew licenses are engaged in commercial air transport operations and have passed their 60th birthday, the medical validity period shall be, reduced to six (6) months.
Are there operators who are pre-approved to operate into the Cayman Islands?2021-11-22T08:49:28-05:00

Yes, this list can be found on the CAACI website.

What is the contact email for Airworthiness & Flight Operations Matters, General Inquires, CI Aircraft Registry & VP-C online questions?2021-08-03T11:17:03-05:00

The email address is asr@caacayman.com.

What is the contact email for Pilot Licencing/Certificate of Validation?2017-02-23T15:09:51-05:00

Contact email for Pilot Licencing/Certificate of Validation is flightcrewlicensing@caacayman.com.

What are my responsibilities when flying a drone?2016-10-19T18:23:41-05:00
How do I initiate registration of an aircraft in the Cayman Islands?2016-01-13T15:42:44-05:00

The first step is to determine eligibility of owner to register an aircraft in the Territory and then submit required ownership documents through an online Registration Application. Please visit Aircraft Registration Process for full details.

Can a specific aircraft registration mark be reserved?2016-01-13T15:41:42-05:00

A specific registration mark for the aircraft can be reserved, given details of the aircraft and the name of the proposed registering owner, or if that is not yet available then the name of the registering agent. Please send request to registrationenquiries@caaccayman.com and visit ‘Registering an aircraft in the Cayman Islands for more details.

What is the cost to register an aircraft in the Cayman Islands?2016-02-16T16:13:30-05:00

The costs associated with registering an aircraft are listed on the Fee Summary. A quotation on the first year and annual costs can be provided upon an emailed request to accounts@caacayman.com, stating the Aircraft Type and Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW).

What currency are your invoices rendered in?2016-01-13T15:11:48-05:00

Most invoices produced by the CAACI are quoted in United States Dollars (US$). However, the Fee Regulations and fees are quoted in Cayman Islands Dollars (CI$).  The rate of conversion to United States Dollars (US$) is US$1 = CI$0.82.

When are payment of invoices due?2016-01-13T15:05:01-05:00

Payment of invoices should be made within 30 days of the invoiced date.

What reference should be listed when paying by wire transfer?2016-01-13T15:05:42-05:00

The aircraft registration mark and invoice #’s being paid should be referenced on the wire transfer.

What forms of payment are accepted?2016-02-16T16:31:04-05:00

Methods of payment are described at web link Payment Methods Page.

How can I obtain a pilot licence validation certificate?2017-02-23T14:58:22-05:00

Pilot license validations are normally obtained by submitting an application with the requisite supporting documentation through our VP-C Online portal.

What is the normal period for processing a validation application?2015-03-05T16:15:05-05:00

The normal period is five working days after receipt of all required documentation.

Must the pilot licence include the aircraft rating for the aircraft proposed to be flown?2015-03-05T16:14:41-05:00

Yes, the appropriate aircraft rating must be included in the licence.

What is the cost of a pilot licence validation certificate?2015-03-05T16:14:04-05:00

A validation certificate is issued for twelve months and cost CI$250.00 or US$ 304.88.

Can the validation certificate be mailed to my home address?2015-03-05T16:13:30-05:00

The validation certificate is normally returned to the address of the operator of the aircraft, unless otherwise requested by him.

Can a mortgage be registered for a Cayman Islands registered aircraft as security for a loan for that aircraft?2016-01-13T15:37:23-05:00

A mortgage can be registered for an aircraft registered in the Cayman Islands as security for a loan for that aircraft. Please see Mortgaging of Aircraft.

What is the validity period of a priority notice to register a mortgage and can the priority notice be renewed?2016-01-13T15:37:48-05:00

A mortgage registered within 14 days shall be deemed to have priority from the time when the priority notice was registered. A priority notice can be renewed at the end of each 14 day period indefinitely. However, there is a CI$250 fee at each renewal.

What organisation is eligible for an “Acceptance of Maintenance Arrangements” Approval?2016-02-16T15:27:35-05:00

An appropriately approved Maintenance Organisation with a scope of approval commensurate with the work order request.
NOTE: this approval is not in lieu of the required OTAR Part 145 arrangements, but to cater for one-off circumstances. Applications are considered case by case for approval.

What organisation is eligible for the grant of an OTAR 145 Approved Maintenance Organisation?2020-04-24T10:39:29-05:00

Aircraft Maintenance Organisations suitably approved by; EASA, TCCA, or US FAA. Additionally, the CAACI under provision OTAR Part 145 can investigate for approval an Aircraft Maintenance Organisation that is not approved by an NAA listed above. This would be by direct oversight; OTAR Part 145 Option 2 is your reference.

What is the normal period of validity of a Certificate of Airworthiness?2015-03-05T15:43:15-05:00

Certificate of Airworthiness is valid for one year and may be renewed up to 60 days prior to expiry and still retain the original anniversary date.

What restrictions apply for building in the vicinity of the Owen Roberts and Charles Kirkconnell International Airports?2016-01-18T18:45:11-05:00

The Cayman Islands Airport Authority has jurisdiction over legislation pertaining to the development and control of obstacles affecting Owen Roberts and Charles Kirkconnell International Airports. The contact for guidance is the Senior Manager Air Navigation Services, Cayman Islands Airports Authority, P.O.Box.10098, Grand Cayman KY1-1001, Tel: 345 943-7070

What is required to obtain approval for a fireworks or laser light display?2020-02-20T11:25:38-05:00

The following application form should be filled out and submitted: Notification of Outdoor Laser, Search Light or Fireworks Operations

When should a Mandatory Occurrence Report be made and how should the report be submitted?2021-08-04T08:30:14-05:00

This process is explained in the CAACI Manual of Reporting: Volume 1 and Volume 2.

Which Authority is responsible for the management and operation of airports in the Cayman Islands?2016-01-18T18:44:38-05:00

A. The Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA) is responsible for the management and operation of the Owen Roberts and Charles Kirkconnell International Airports.

B. Edward Bodden Airfield, Little Cayman is a privately owned airstrip for domestic flights only. Operational control is under the Sister Islands District Administration.

How can I obtain a copy of the Cayman Islands Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)?2016-08-16T17:15:19-05:00

The Cayman Islands AIP is published by the Cayman Islands Airports Authority. A copy may be obtained from the CIAA’s Air Traffic Control/Aeronautical Information Services at – aisoria@caymanairports.com or from this web link