Frequently Asked Questions | Airworthiness Requirements for Aircraft Registered in Aruba 


1.   What is the validity period of the Certificate of Airworthiness (CoA)?

The Certificate of Airworthiness (CoA) has a validity period of twelve (12) months and can be renewed within the last remaining sixty (60) days of your current certificate, without it affecting your validity date.


 2.   Will the aircraft be required to fly to Aruba to complete the airworthiness renewal process?

No, there is no need to fly the aircraft to Aruba.


3.   What are the DCA Aruba requirements for CAMO?

DCA of Aruba has no requirements concerning CAMO organization approvals as the operator is responsible to fulfill continuing airworthiness associated tasks of the aircraft. (Refer to the Continuing Airworthiness Instructions)


4.   What aircraft records will be reviewed by the DCA Inspector during the airworthiness inspection of the aircraft?

Please refer to the AMC-012 Maintenance Record Keeping Instructions.


5.   What Part 145 Foreign Maintenance Facilities do not require an on-site audit by Aruba?

The DCA of Aruba will accept a maintenance organization from the following approved authorities without requiring an on-site audit: EASA 145, Singapore CAAS SAR 145, UAE GCAA 145 and Hong Kong HKCA.

In the case an MRO wishes to apply for an Aruba Certificate of Validation with a different Certificate of Acceptance (e.g. FAA), a physical audit of the facility would be a requirement. 


6.   What is the overview of the process to obtain an Aruba Certificate of Approval /Validation for a foreign based MRO?

For a Part 145 Facility, the following documentation must be submitted:

  • Written request
  • Application Form INS-4.065
  • Local Certificate & Ops Specs
  • Authorized Personnel for Release to Service
  • Training Schedule
  • Audit Schedule
  • Sample CRS
  • MOE (Including Quality Program)

In the case an MRO wishes to apply for an Aruba Certificate of Validation with a non- Part 145 Certificate (e.g. FAA), a physical audit of the facility would be a requirement in addition to submitting the documents listed above.


7.   What is the difference between a Certificate of Acceptance and a Certificate of Validation?

A Certificate of Acceptance is based on the foreign facility’s valid Part 145 Certificate for which no physical audit is required, simply a desktop audit of the necessary documentation.

A Certificate of validation is issued when the foreign facility does not hold a Part 145 Certificate, so a physical audit is required.


8.   How long does a typical process last (when no audit is required)?

Once all the paperwork has been submitted and payment is received, the certificates are normally issued within 48 hours.


9.   What is the duration of a maintenance Acceptance-Validation Certificate?

The Certificates of Approval and Validation are valid for a period of up to 2 years. The validity shall not extend beyond the expiration date of the foreign license.


10.   What is a one- time approval process for an MRO?

The DCA may issue a one-time approval to an MRO only in the case of non-routine maintenance (for example aircraft break down at an outstation, a modification of repair). 

In order to obtain a one-time authorization, the following shall be submitted to the DCA:

  • Copy of local maintenance approval or acceptance certificate;
  • A description of the scope of work to be accomplished.


11.  What are the requirements from Aruba regarding the Sample CRS?

Regarding the CRS sample listed in the guidelines, please refer to the DCA of Aruba Notice No. DL/13531 with a recommendation concerning to the maintenance release statement for the aircraft:

Unless already accomplished, all holders of DCA issued Certificate of Acceptance are required to amend their release statements applicable to aircraft registered in Aruba in order to replace the reference to “Other Competent Authority PART 145 (i.e. EASA Part 145)” by “AUA-RLW”.

 It is recommended to refer to the Aruba DCA approval number following the release statement.


12.  Can a Special Flight Permit be issued for an aircraft w/o a CoA?

Yes, a Special Flight Permit can be issued for an aircraft without a CoA. The aircraft will receive an Interim Certificate of Airworthiness and the pilots conducting the ferry flight will be issued a Special Authorization.