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CAACI and Aircraft Registry

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI) is the regulatory authority with responsibility for the Cayman Islands’ aviation industry. The CAACI operates in accordance with a statutory instrument that is predicated on UK legislation. These legislative requirements are found in the “Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order 2013,” AN(OT)O (and subsequent amendments) which contains regulations governing the operational and airworthiness requirements of Cayman registered aircraft. Also relative is the guidance contained in the Overseas Territories Aviation Requirements (OTARS) as published for all UK Overseas territories. 

Criteria for registering an aircraft include the following:

  • Submission of application for registration by respective individuals or company
  • Persons wishing to register an aircraft must prove eligibility & meet due diligence requirements
  • Compliance with stipulated CAACI Airworthiness Requirements
  • Compliance with CAACI Flight Operational Requirements
  • Appropriate licensing of Aircrew
  • Maintenance Organisation Approval
  • Radio License Application via the Information & Communications Technology Authority of the Cayman Islands (ICTA)
  • Physical Survey of Aircraft

Applicants are cautioned not to initiate the de-registration process from the existing State of Registry until such time as the application has been formally accepted by the CAACI. The entire registration process normally takes about six weeks.

Quotes can be obtained for first year and renewal registration costs by enquiries to The Certificate of Airworthiness fees are based on the Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) of the aircraft.

In an effort to maintain exceptional service to clients, the CAACI has developed an electronic data management system that provides a secure way to manage documentation online. This includes registry applications, certificates and authorizations electronically. The electronic system makes it easier for CAACI clients to apply for the various approvals that are required for both initial aircraft registration and for continuing airworthiness.

Benefits of VP-C Online Services:

  • Review Your Documents - As the owner/operator of an aircraft that is registered with the CAACI you will have access to the registration documentation online, including certificates and survey information. You can access it at your convenience from anywhere in the world using a secure internet connection with your assigned credentials.
  • Check the Status - Once the application(s) has been submitted by your Technical Coordinator, you have complete access to view the status all the way through the approval process.
  • Stay Informed - You can receive customized notifications by logging into your account profile and updating your personal information in the ‘Manage Vault’. You will be able to receive email notifications to advise you when new documents are issued and alert you on upcoming anniversary dates of certificate renewals.
  • Print Copies - If you need another copy of any of your filed application(s) or certificate(s), you can easily print an unofficial copy yourself. Temporary certificates can be printed while you wait to receive the original copy in the mail.

With Phase IIB of VP-C Online electronic data management portal firmly launched, the CAACI is pleased with the capabilities of the current version which has increased functionality in the following areas: Availability and Reservation of Registration Marks, submission of the Initial Registration Application, submission of the Finance and Legal Due Diligence/Owner Compliance documentation (requirements of the first phase of the initial application process of an aircraft to the Cayman Register), submission of the initial and renewal applications for Airworthiness, Flight Operations certificates and Pilot License Validations.

The CAACI has embarked on the development of the latest phase of VP-C Online with focus on the Organisations section. This will encompass the submission of applications and supporting documentation from Approved Maintenance Organisations (AMOs) and Continued Airworthiness Management Organisations (CAMOs) as well. A separate announcement will follow once the new Phase of VP-C Online has been launched.

Information pertaining to registration of aircraft on the Cayman Islands Aircraft Registry can be obtained from the CAACI website at  Also, access to the electronic data management portal is via AN(OT)O and OTAR information may be accessed on the following website under “Legislation”

For more information please contact:

P O Box 10277, Grand Cayman, KY1-1103
Cayman Islands
Tel: +1 (345) 949-7811

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