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If you import an aircraft or aircraft parts you will have to pay PST (if applicable in your province of residence) and GST or HST (if you live in BC, ON, NB, NS or NL) at the border. It is important to keep receipts for those taxes paid! There are no duties or other tariffs to pay, just tax.

If you buy your aircraft or aircraft parts in Canada you will pay the GST/HST and PST (where applicable) on the aircraft components as you buy them.

When you register the aircraft with Transport Canada most provinces (except Alberta and Quebec) will send you a letter demanding the PST on the aircraft. If you have already paid the PST on the aircraft or individual parts as you imported them, or purchased them in Canada, then you will be able to show that the PST was already paid on the aircraft. If you can’t show receipts to prove that, then you will have to pay PST all over again on the aircraft – so keep those receipts! If you haven’t paid the PST on the parts then you will have to pay it when you get the province’s letter.

Taxes are unavoidable, so plan to have the money available when you are presented with the bill.

IFR for Certified Aircraft

Certified aircraft can be flown IFR if they are equipped for IFR flight. The requirement is simple they have to be equipped as described in CAR 605.18. This CAR specifies the equipment required for any aircraft to be operated IFR. It says:

Power-driven Aircraft - IFR

605.18 No person shall conduct a take-off in a power-driven aircraft for the purpose of IFR flight unless it is equipped with

  • a)

    when it is operated by day, the equipment required pursuant to paragraphs

    • 605.16

      (1)(a) to (h);

      • (b)

        when it is operated by night, the equipment required pursuant to paragraphs

    • 605.16

      (1)(a) to (k);

  • (c)

    an attitude indicator;

  • (d)

    a vertical speed indicator;

  • (e)

    an outside air temperature gauge;

  • (f)

    a means of preventing malfunction caused by icing for each airspeed

indicating system;

COPA Guide to Certified Aircraft 22

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