Transitional Aircraft

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry offers a specialist service to assist commercial airliner owners whilst the aircraft is awaiting a commercial lease agreement.

When airliners are not being operated commercially by an airline they are ‘private aircraft’ and can take advantage of the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry’s quick, efficient and cost-effective service.

Contact our Registry Services New Business Manager on 01624 682358 to discuss further.


To assist with the process for registering an aircraft, IOMAR provides a detailed checklist (RP1) that can be used as a guide which includes links to all relevant application forms.  Additionally a member of the IOMAR team will be a single point of contact for customer liaison.

To register an aircraft only, IOMAR simply requires the following forms and documents:

  • Form 2 – Application for Registration of Aircraft
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • List of Company Directors
  • Power of Attorney (if applicable)
  • Certificate of Insurance (in accordance with EC Regulation 785/2004)
  • Bill of Sale
  • Current Certificate of Airworthiness/C of A and current ARC/Export C of A or alternative means of compliance
  • Notification of Deregistration from the previous state of Register

No - IOMAR will accept one of the following:

  • A current Certificate of Airworthiness issued within a period of 12 months preceding the date of application for registration with IOMAR.
  • For aircraft imported from an EASA Member State, a Certificate of Airworthiness and the associated current Airworthiness Review Certificate (ARC) issued within a period of 12 months preceding the date of application for registration with IOMAR.
  • An Export C of A confirming compliance to the applicable Type Certificate from the exporting State of Registry (or includes an entry of acceptable derogations where full compliance is not possible).
  • Alternative means of compliance agreed with IOMAR.
  • Aircraft Registration and issue of Certificate of Registration can be completed within 1 working day. The process for registration and issue of certificates for operation in its entirety, including the Certificate of Airworthiness (CoA), typically takes up to 15 working days.
  • Arrangements and carrying out an aircraft survey for the issue of a Certificate of Airworthiness can take up to 7 working days.
  • A customer may propose a survey location anywhere in the world and IOMAR have a team of experienced Isle of Man authorised surveyors who can provide excellent response times across the globe.
  • No minimum time for the aircraft being on our register.
  • IOMAR accepts Type Certificates issued by Canada, USA, Brazil and EASA (and the Member States). As a result, an aircraft from another State of Registry can be registered with IOMAR with minimal inconvenience and expense, and if subsequently sold, it can be easily exported to another jurisdiction.
  • High regulatory standards.
  • High service levels and quality international reputation.
  • As a Crown Dependency of the United Kingdom (UK), the Isle of Man falls within the UK’s ratification of the Chicago Convention. ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices are implemented in the Isle of Man and all information required under ICAO’s Universal Safety Audit Programme (USOAP) is maintained and updated.
  • Fast and efficient registration service providing minimum down-time between leases, or safe international register for longer period.
  • Asset protection through both the Cape Town Convention and the Mortgage Register.
  • Any EASA Part 145 or FAR Part 145 organisation with the appropriate approvals can conduct work on M-registered aircraft.
  • Competitive scheme of charges.
  • Certificate of Airworthiness fee for an aircraft with a MTOM exceeding 200,000kg is capped to that payable for an aircraft of 200,000kg.
  • Operators who are unable to meet the requirements of Part 17A of the ANO i.e. Company Operations Manual (Article 99B), and a Fatigue Risk Management Programme (Article 99E) can apply for an Exemption.
  • IOMAR will grant a Permission to use the MMEL approved by the NAA which approved the Type Certificate of the aircraft.
  • Type/class rated, operator specific validations can be issued for flight crew of Isle of Man registered aircraft.


We have compiled a Frequently Asked Question Guide for your reference.