Frequently Asked Questions
A few questions regarding N-registration, FAA license / ratings and TSA approval in Europe
Questions regarding N-registration aircraft in Europe
I'm a Dutch citizen, can I own an N-reg airplane and operate it in Europe?
No, you must either be a US citizen or green card holder and resides in the USA to own a N-registered airplane.
So how can I own and operate a N-reg airplane in Europe?
N-reg aircraft around the world are owned by trust ownership.
What is the advantage of having N-reg in Europe?
The main reason is the simplified maintenance regime for owners. This will make it cheaper for owners to own and operate N-reg in Europe.
Other major benefits are Easier installation of modifications and easier STCd aftermarket accessories which are already approved in the USA but aren't in Europe (EASA approved).
Can I fly N-reg airplane on my EASA Private pilot?
Yes, as long as you fly inside the Dutch airspace you can use your Dutch License. If you leave Dutch airspace then you must be in possession of a valid US FAA licence.
Please read this letter from the FAA
Is it legal to operate a US registered (N-reg) aircraft in the EU?
Yes, as long as the aircraft has the usual documentation (ARROWE)
- Radio Licence
- Ownersmanual (approved Aircraft Flight Manual from your plane)
- Weight and Balance calculation
- Equipment list if applicable
- Maintenance records
- Evidence of Import VAT Paid of the airplane