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Foreign registered Jump Planes

Old 16th Nov 2019, 14:42
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Foreign registered Jump Planes

I have idly noticed over the last few years that a great many of the parachutists jump planes in the UK/Ireland and in places in Europe are foreign registered, Not only that, but very far away registered such as Canada, US, NZ, Africa (various). I realise that perhaps the number of specifically tailored jump aircraft are in short supply , but why aren't these steeds re-registered onto the country's register where they are based (since years) and are trading for reward ? Any thoughts appreciated.
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Old 16th Nov 2019, 15:55
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I would guess that, as they are in effect being flown for hire and reward, they would have to be type certificated in the UK (i.e. EASA) before they can go on the G- register.

That requirement would make it more difficult to get approval for non-standard features associated with jumping (for example the up-and-over door on that Canadian Dornier, or even just flying without a door at all).
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Langar's Caravans are D reg so wouldn't they be covered by EASA?
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Hibaldstow has had Dornier 28s with G-, D-, EC, and originally HA- all happily working from there base or stations.
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Langar's Caravans are D reg so wouldn't they be covered by EASA?
Yes, so that implies they probably don't have any non-standard features.
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Yes, so that implies they probably don't have any non-standard features.
Dave I was just wondering how much has to change for something to be classed as non standard as both Caravans have cargo doors which can be opened in flight as well as extra steps and a rail? Would those be item which Cessna certified when they designed the Caravan?
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Dave I was just wondering how much has to change for something to be classed as non standard as both Caravans have cargo doors which can be opened in flight as well as extra steps and a rail? Would those be item which Cessna certified when they designed the Caravan?
Yes, they are certified, but not by Cessna - bear in mind that certification includes not only the Type Certificate but also any relevant STCs.

Here's an STC for the 208 para mods (there may be others):
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Thanks Dave.
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I think aircraft operating for parachute jumping clubs flown by club pilots who are not paid are not operating for hire and reward but will be essentially private aircraft - in the same way that glider tugs are.

Some may not be EASA certified and will operate on permits - rather like the South African registered Jonkers gliders.
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