SAN MARINO Civil Aviation
SAN MARINO aircraft registration
The Republic of San Marino has been a member state of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) since 1988, a specialized agency of the United Nations, created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation in the world. It establishes standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency and regularity, as well as for the environmental protection of aviation.
Furthermore, the Republic of San Marino is also a member state of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC). The European Civil Aviation Conference seeks to harmonize civil aviation policies and practices among its member states and, at the same time, promote understanding on political issues between its member states and other parts of the world. ECAC's mission is to promote the continuous development of a safe, efficient and sustainable European air transport system.
Primary aviation legislation established the Civil Aviation Authority as an autonomous body responsible for all technical matters relating to civil aviation, in particular the promulgation of regulations in its area of competence.
The Civil Aviation Authority and its aircraft registration service has been developed and structured to become an attractive jurisdiction offering the following benefits to aircraft owners and operators:
- High levels of security
- ICAO compliance
- Quick service
- Value for money
- Personal customer service
- Innovation thanks to cutting-edge technology
Aviation Registry Group, based on an exclusive agreement on the level of service and best practices, supports the Civil Aviation Authority of San Marino with capital investments, marketing, training of the personnel of the Civil Aviation Authority, expert advice and ICAO regulatory support.
Aviation Registry Group activities include:
- Aviation legislation
- Rule and definition of policies
- Airworthiness inspections of the aircraft and recommend the issue of aircraft registration certificates
- Management of aircraft registration
- Validation of licenses for flight crew and aircraft maintenance
- Inspections of aircraft maintenance organizations
- Review airspace manuals and approvals
- Quality assurance
- Security and Risk Management Reviews
- Development and implementation of an aircraft registration management system (ARMS)
The ICAO agreement defines the division of regulatory oversight responsibilities between San Marino, as the state of registration, and a foreign civil aviation authority, as the State of the Operator, in relation to the operations of aircraft registered in San Marino.
This means that aircraft registered in San Marino can be used for commercial purposes by a foreign Air Operator Certificate (AOC) holder.
The Civil Aviation Authority provides a safe service for all aspects related to the ownership and tax management of aircraft. The registration procedure itself is efficient and quick: once the technical checks required on the aircraft have been completed and any necessary action, including the examination of documents, the entire registration process with T7 marks can be completed in 1-3 working days.
San Marino offers a simplified and innovative legal framework for the registration of aircraft, which guarantees transparency in the ownership and operation of aircraft by foreign citizens or companies from another State. In order to register an aircraft, a citizen or an enterprise of another State must elect domicile with a representative resident in San Marino using form SM 27. The representative will act as domicile, with the sole responsibility of transmitting to the owner any communication from of the Civil Aviation Authority.
The Republic of San Marino is a signatory to the Cape Town Convention and therefore is able to offer strong protection to holders of international interests, guaranteeing low-risk operations and facilitating recovery, thus avoiding the high costs normally associated with such operations.
The registration of an aircraft in the San Marino Aeronautical Register allows the lender to enjoy the protection of the Convention on its airframe / engines.
San Marino has submitted all "declarations of suitability" under the OECD Agreement in the aircraft sector and the Cape Town Convention in order to establish a competitive legal framework.
Aircraft registered in San Marino are exempt from the single-phase payment.
The aviation industry benefits from efficient and affordable services for aircraft parked awaiting new commercial placement with a new aircraft operator.
Approval certificates and related technical data sheets (TCDS) issued by the American (FAA), Canadian (Transport Canada), European (EASA) and Brazilian (ANAC) authorities are accepted by the Civil Aviation Authority. In practice, the Civil Aviation Authority accepts an aircraft from any of the national aviation bodies mentioned above without the aircraft having to undergo any modification.
Organizations for the maintenance of aircraft registered in San Marino that are already certified by EASA, FAA, Transport Canada, Singapore, UAE, Hong Kong are accepted without any formalities.
Flight licenses issued by any country are accepted and validated by the Civil Aviation Authority as long as they comply with the ICAO standard.
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