Aircraft Marks

Did you know that the CARs allow certain aircraft to be re-painted and still keep their old “CF-“ registration, rather than changing it to the new style “C-F” registration. To preserve our aviation heritage, some aircraft can carry their “CF-“ registrations permanently now. To qualify, your aircraft has to have carried a “CF-“ registration prior to January 1st, 1974 or be a vintage aircraft (“vintage aircraft” – means an aircraft that was manufactured prior to January 1, 1957.) The actual CAR says:

202.03 Aircraft Marks

(1) Subject to subsection (2), the nationality mark in respect of a Canadian aircraft is the letter “C” and the registration mark in respect of the aircraft is a combination of four letters specified by the Minister.

(2) Subject to subsection (3), where an aircraft was registered in Canada before January 1, 1974 or is a vintage aircraft,

(a) the nationality mark in respect of the aircraft is the letters “CF” and the registration mark in respect of the aircraft is a combination of three letters specified by the Minister; or

(b) the nationality mark in respect of the aircraft is the letter “C” and the registration mark in respect of the aircraft is a combination of four letters specified by the Minister.

(3) Where the owner of an aircraft, other than a vintage aircraft, that has the letters “CF” as its nationality mark and a combination of three letters as its registration mark repaints the aircraft, the owner shall, prior to operating the aircraft, change the nationality mark to the letter “C” and the registration mark to the letter “F” followed by the combination of three letters.