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Register My Basic Ultra-light Aeroplane in Canada?

For First-time Registration of Basic Ultra-light Aeroplanes (TP 13157)

  You must:
Basic Requirement
  • meet the Transport Canada eligibility requirements for registration as a basic ultra-light aeroplane;
  • apply to Transport Canada, Civil Aviation for registration marks to be assigned to your aeroplane;
  • apply to Transport Canada, Civil Aviation to register your aeroplane;
  • provide aeroplane-specific documentation with the application;
  • pay the applicable fee(s).
Eligibility Requirements
  • meet the basic ultra-light definition set out below.
Registration Marks
  • apply to the appropriate Transport Canada, Civil Aviation office for registration marks to be issued to the aeroplane. Registration marks will be issued in the C-I series.
Registration Application and Documentation
  • complete the form entitled Application for registration of ultra-light or advanced ultra-light aeroplane (form 26-0521, to complete the PDF form, you will need to download it to your computer). Forms may also be obtained from any Transport Canada, Civil Aviation office;
  • attach the proof of ownership document (e.g. bill of sale, statement of construction from plans or raw materials);
  • include a photo of the aeroplane ID plate, clearly showing the name of the manufacturer, model and serial number;
  • include fee payment;
  • provide the form, attachments and fee to the appropriate Transport Canada, Civil Aviation office.
Document Obtained You will receive a Certificate of Registration in the mail from Transport Canada, Civil Aviation.
Fee Payment There is a $110.00 fee for registering your aircraft, payable to the Receiver General for Canada. There is no fee for issuing a mark, but there is a $45.00 fee for reserving a mark or a $140.00 fee for reserving or issuing a special mark.
For Further Information

Ultra-light Aeroplane Definitions

  1. a single-seat aeroplane that has a launch weight of 165 kg (368.8 pounds) or less, and a wing area, expressed in square metres, of not less than the launch weight minus 15, divided by 10, and in no case less than 10 m²;
  2. a two-seat instructional aeroplane that has a launch weight of 195 kg (429.9 pounds) or less, and a wing area, expressed in square metres, of not less than 10 m² and a wing loading of not more than 25 kg/m² (5.12 pounds/ft.² ), the wing loading being calculated using the launch weight plus the occupant weight of 80 kg (176.4 pounds) per person; or
  3. an aeroplane having no more than two seats, designed and manufactured to have a maximum take-off weight of 544 kg (1199 pounds) and a stall speed in the landing configuration (Vso) of 39 knots (45 mph) or less indicated airspeed at the maximum take-off weight.

If registering a basic ultra-light aeroplane under option (c), the following minimum useful load (Mu or Wu) calculation shall be carried out:

For a single-place aeroplane

Mu = 80 + 0.3P, in kg; where P is the rated engine power in kilowatts

(Wu) = 175 + 0.5P, in lb.; where P is the rated engine power in Brake Horse Power

For a two-place aeroplane

Mu = 160 + 0.3P, in kg; where P is the rated engine power in kilowatts

(Wu) = 350 + 0.5P, in lb.; where P is the rated engine power in Brake Horse Power

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