Before you buy an aircraft or aircraft part from a private seller you should check that there are no existing security interests on it by searching the PPSR. If a security interest has been registered against the aircraft or aircraft part, it may not be debt-free and may be repossessed, even after you have bought it.
Make sure you search the PPSR immediately before you make your purchase, to protect yourself against repossession. For more information on buyer protection, see searching and buyer protections.
Before you start
To search, you need identification information for the aircraft or aircraft part:
- If the property is an aircraft engine, airframe or helicopter, enter the manufacturer's number, attached for the property. The manufacturer's number for aircraft does not include the manufacturer's generic model description.
- If the property is a small aircraft, enter the nationality code and registration mark for the small aircraft.
Start your search for aircraft or aircraft parts
Go to search for aircraft.
Step 1: Search details
Select the type of serial number you are using.
Enter the serial number. Make sure you enter the serial number correctly, or you risk getting a result for the wrong aircraft or aircraft part.
Optional: Enter a Client billing reference, this reference will appear on the Tax invoice/Receipt.
The fee for the search is displayed on the screen.
Step 2: Payment
Enter your credit card details. The fee for the search is displayed on the screen.
If you would like your receipt emailed to you, enter your email address. Entering your email address here only emails your receipt. It does not email your search certificate.
The next page will allow you to email your search certificate.
Click Pay now.
Step 3: Search result summary
The result of your search is displayed, along with a unique search number, and a downloadable Tax invoice/Receipt..
For an explanation of your search result, go to understanding my search results.
Step 4: Email or view your search certificate
Make sure you email your search certificate to ensure you have an official and legal copy of your search. You will need it if anyone challenges your right to the aircraft or aircraft part..
Select the email icon
Enter your email address.
Confirm your email address.
Select the email icon.
Note: Confirmation that the search certificates(s) have been emailed will be displayed on screen.
If you do not have an email address ensure you view your search certificate to save your official and legal copy of your search.
Your search certificate will contain the details of all security interests contained in your search result.
For further details on your search result and search certificate see: Understanding other PPSR search results.
For more information on buyer protection, see searching and buyer protections.