France is the largest country in Western Europe and the European Union and has a total population of around 67 million.
The main regulators for civil aviation in France are the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the French Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGAC).
The DGAC is a national administration, under the Ministry of Ecology,Sustainable Development and Energy, which includes all government departments responsible for regulating and supervising aviation safety, air transport and civil aviation activities in general. It is specifically responsible for various civil aviation tasks include air traffic control, supporting research and development in the field of aircraft construction and the qualification of aircraft.
Benefits of Registration in France
The principal benefits of registering an aircraft in France are:
- Stable legal and political environment
- Clear and simple taxation regime
- High regulatory standards and service levels
- No weight or age restrictions
- European time zone
- An international reputation for quality
The following persons are eligible to register their aircraft in France:
|(a)||Individuals or corporations of member state of the European Union or the European Economic Area
|(b)||Non EU or EEA individuals or corporations where the aircraft is leased to a French operator that holds an AOC
Unqualified individuals or corporations may apply for exemption in the following circumstances:
- The aircraft is operated in France, including by a company having its place of incorporation or main place of business in France (note that there may be a requirement that the operator hold an AOC); or
- the aircraft is exported out of France and is waiting for delivery of an airworthiness certificate in the operator's state
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The registration process comprises completing an aircraft registration form and submitting the application with the prescribed fee to the DGAC.
An aircraft certificate of airworthiness and an aircraft airworthiness review certificate are issued by the DGAC upon submission of a fully completed application.
This requires a detailed inspection of the Aircraft and delivery of relevant airworthiness documents by the Organisme pour la SÚcuritÚ de l'Aviation Civile (OSAC).
An aircraft noise limitation certificate is also required. In practice, the certificate is issued by the DGAC together with the CofA on submission of an application involving inspection of the Aircraft by the OSAC. A Radio Station Licence is also necessary and is applied for to the OSAC and DGAC at the same time as the CofA
Owners and operators are advised to allow 4-6 weeks upon the DGAC receiving all required documents.
Who to contact
If you are interested in more information regarding the registration of your aircraft in France or to check the availability of an 'F' Registration, please contact our REGISTRATION, MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION TEAM