Qualified Ownership

To be the registered owner of an aircraft registered with the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry, you must qualify under the Air Navigation (Isle of Man) Order 2015, as amended.

The Registry have provided the legislative details below and also a list of qualifying countries and territories.  This information is also available to download in Registry Publication 2 – Qualified Ownership.

Please contact us as early as possible if you are considering registering an aircraft with us or changing the owner of an aircraft that is already registered in the Isle of Man. This will enable us to guide you through the process and make the experience as seamless as possible.  

1. Only the following persons are qualified to hold a legal or beneficial interest by way of ownership in an aircraft registered in the Isle of Man or in a share in such an aircraft—

  • The Crown in right of the Isle of Man, the United Kingdom or any part of the United Kingdom;
  • Commonwealth citizens;
  • Nationals of any EEA State or Switzerland;
  • British protected persons;
  • Bodies incorporated in some part of the Commonwealth or having their registered office, central administration or principal place of business in a part of the Commonwealth; or
  • Undertakings formed in accordance with the law of the Isle of Man, an EEA State or Switzerland and having their registered office, central administration or principal place of business within the Isle of Man, an EEA State or Switzerland.

2. If an unqualified person resides or has a place of business in the Isle of Man and holds a legal or beneficial interest by way of ownership in an aircraft or in a share in an aircraft, the Department may register the aircraft in the Isle of Man if it is satisfied that the aircraft may otherwise be properly registered.

3. If an aircraft is chartered by demise to a person qualified under paragraph (1) the Department may, whether or not an unqualified person is entitled as owner to a legal or beneficial interest in the aircraft, register the aircraft in the Isle of Man in the name of the charterer by demise if it is satisfied that the aircraft may otherwise be properly so registered.

4. Subject to this Part, an aircraft registered under paragraph (3) may remain registered during the continuation of the charter.

NOTE

For aircraft awaiting commercial lease and sale only, in addition to the above, also:

  • Bodies incorporated in or having their registered office, central administration or principal place of business in Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region); Japan; People’s Republic of China; United States of America.
  • Undertakings formed in accordance with the law of and having their registered office, central administration or principal place of business within Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region); Japan; People’s Republic of China; United States of America.

The “Commonwealth” as defined in the Air Navigation (Isle of Man) Order 2015 (as amended).

“Commonwealth” means the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, the countries mentioned in Schedule 3 to the British Nationality Act 1981 and all other territories forming part of Her Majesty’s dominions or in which Her Majesty has jurisdiction and “Commonwealth citizen” is to be construed accordingly;

Akrotiri Ghana Rwanda
Anguilla Gibraltar Saint Lucia
Antigua and Barbuda Grenada Samoa
Australia Guyana Seychelles
Bahamas, The India Sierra Leone
Bangladesh Isle of Man Singapore
Barbados Jamaica Solomon Islands
Belize Kenya South Africa
Bermuda Kiribati South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Botswana Lesotho Sri Lanka
British Antarctic Territory Malawi St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
British Indian Ocean Territory Malaysia St Kitts and Nevis
British Virgin Islands Maldives St Vincent
Brunei Malta Tanzania
Cameroon Mauritius The Gambia
Canada Montserrat Tonga
Cayman Islands Mozambique Trinidad and Tobago
Channel Islands Namibia Turks and Caicos Islands
Cyprus Nauru Tuvalu
Dhekelia New Zealand Uganda
Dominica Nigeria United Kingdom
Eswatini Pakistan Vanuatu
Falkland Islands Papua New Guinea Zambia
Fiji Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie & Oneo Islands Zimbabwe

EEA States

Austria Germany Malta
Belgium Greece Netherlands
Bulgaria Hungary Norway
Croatia Iceland Poland
Cyprus, Republic of Ireland Portugal
Czech Republic Italy Romania
Denmark Latvia Slovakia
Estonia Liechtenstein Slovenia
Finland Lithuania Spain
France Luxembourg Sweden

Other Qualifying Countries

Switzerland
Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region), Japan, United States of America, People's Republic of China - only for aircraft awaiting commercial lease or sale in accordance with Exemption and  Permission 2021/055 .