It was rumoured by a reputable person (MISASA committee or past comm member) that the CAA hauled some individuals over the coals in the last week or two in connection with a ferry flight of an NTCA aircraft in process of being sold. It was suggested that the ATF lapses on sale and implied that they were flying the aircraft illegally.
Whilst under the past regulations this was true, in the current part 24 there is no evidence that the ATF lapses on sale of an aircraft. The sections I have considered is 24.02.6 and 24.02.9 which covers validity and even suggests transferability of the ATF. (IMHO makes more sense as why should an aircraft all of a sudden become unairworthy when it changes ownership? Even TCA follow this route with the CofA remaining valid.)
So questions are:
- Does any legislation exist that suggests that the ATF expires on ownership change?
- If answer to above is yes, then at what stage does the CAA or RAASA as ATF administrator, regard ownership changed as I am at a loss as to how they can determine when delivery or the agreement has taken place, when they are not privy to the terms of the sales agreement.