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Aircraft register

What are the requirements for entry in the domestic aircraft register?

The domestic aircraft register is administered by the Swedish Transport Agency. An aircraft can be registered if the owner is a Swedish citizen or a citizen within the European Economic Area. If the aircraft is used within Sweden or with Sweden as a base, the Swedish Transport Agency can approve registration even if the owner is a citizen somewhere else.

Ownership of an aircraft can also be registered in the register of rights, which is a prerequisite for registering a mortgage. In the register of rights, a lessee’s rights under a lease agreement and a seller’s right to retention of title under a conditional sale agreement might be registered.

Mortgages and encumbrances

Is there a domestic register for aircraft mortgages, encumbrances and other interests? If so, what are the requirements and legal effects of registration?

Yes. A register is administered by the Swedish Transport Agency where an owner can voluntarily register rights and other interests such as mortgages and encumbrances.

The aircraft must be registered in the domestic register to be registerable in the register of rights and other interests. If the right is recorded in the register it will be considered to be a right in rem.


What rules and procedures govern the detention of aircraft?

If the charges for an aircraft’s most recent landing are unpaid, the airport operation has the right to prevent take-off. This is the right of detention of aircraft.

If the aircraft is located in Sweden and an applicant has a court order, the aircraft can be detained for any unpaid dept. The applicant must provide security.

In accordance with Swedish civil law, under specific circumstances, detention is allowed for unpaid maintenance.

Safety and maintenance

What rules and procedures govern aircraft safety and maintenance?

The framework regulation is EU Regulation 216/2008.

EU Regulation 1321/2014 on the continuing airworthiness of aircraft and aeronautical products, parts and appliances and on the approval of organisations and personnel involved in these tasks also applies.


What is the state of regulation on unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in your jurisdiction?

A new regulation on unmanned aerial vehicles in Sweden will be introduced in late 2017 or early 2018.

At present, a permit is not necessary when flying a drone within line of sight and for private use only.

For all other drone-related activities, a permit from the Swedish Transport Agency is required.

Permits from air traffic control are required when flying inside an airport control zone.

Permits are also required when flying drones within a restriction zone.

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