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Nationality and Registration Markings

Both new and used certified aircraft are normally already marked with their nationality and registration markings. If you are importing an aircraft, you will have to apply for marks when you register it. If the aircraft you purchased has been stripped of paint as part of a rebuild, then you will need to know more about markings to reapply the registration to the aircraft.

If you have to apply for marks then, for an additional $140, you can have your choice of marks from those that are available. To check the availability of marks use the Canadian Civil Aircraft Register search function and look for your ideal registration call letters. If they are free then you can reserve them.

The actual aircraft specifications for nationality and registration markings are contained in CAR 202 and CAR Standard 222. The standards are very complex and bear reading carefully through before you paint the markings on, or order them from the sign- shop in vinyl. Just some of the highlights of the registration rules include:

  • Marks are now optional under the wings or under the cabin on rotorcraft.

  • Certified aircraft are required to have markings on the fuselage or tail that are

    • 11.8

      ” high if possible, unless marks are carried under the wings, then the

markings on the tail or fuselage need only be 5.9” high.

  • If you do put marks under the wings then they have to be at least 19.68” high.

  • Lettering has to be of equal height, Roman style capital letters, a contrasting

colour and without ornamentation (no serifs).

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