—(1) The Minister shall be the authority for the registration of aircraft in Singapore.
(2) Subject to this paragraph, an aircraft shall not be registered or continue to be registered in Singapore if it appears to the Minister that —
the aircraft is registered outside Singapore and that such registration does not cease by operation of law upon the aircraft being registered in Singapore;
an unqualified person is entitled as owner to any legal or beneficial interest in the aircraft or any share therein; or
it would be inexpedient in the public interest for the aircraft to be or to continue to be registered in Singapore.
(3) The following persons and no other shall be qualified to be the owner of a legal or beneficial interest in an aircraft registered in Singapore or a share therein:
citizens of Singapore;
citizens of any Commonwealth country; and
bodies incorporated in Singapore or in some part of the Commonwealth and having their principal place of business in some part of the Commonwealth.
(4) If an unqualified person residing or having a place of business in Singapore is entitled as owner to a legal or beneficial interest in an aircraft, or a share therein, the Minister , upon being satisfied that the aircraft may otherwise be properly so registered, may register the aircraft in Singapore. The person aforesaid shall not cause or permit the aircraft, while it is registered in pursuance of this sub-paragraph, to be used for the purpose of public transport or aerial work.
(5) If an aircraft is chartered by demise to a person qualified as aforesaid the Minister may, whether or not an unqualified person is entitled as owner to a legal or beneficial interest therein, register the aircraft in Singapore in the name of the charterer upon being satisfied that the aircraft may otherwise be properly so registered, and subject to this paragraph the aircraft may remain so registered during the continuation of the charter.
(6) Application for the registration of an aircraft in Singapore shall be made in writing to the Minister, and shall include or be accompanied by such particulars and evidence relating to the aircraft and the ownership and chartering thereof as he may require to enable him to determine whether the aircraft may properly be registered in Singapore and to issue the certificate referred to in sub-paragraph (8). In particular, the application shall include the proper description of the aircraft according to column 4 of the “Table of General Classification of Aircraft” set out in Part A of the First Schedule.
(7) Upon receiving an application for the registration of an aircraft in Singapore and being satisfied that the aircraft may properly be so registered, the Minister shall register the aircraft, wherever it may be, and shall include in the register the following particulars:
the number of the certificate;
the nationality mark of the aircraft, and the registration mark assigned to it by the Minister ;
the name of the constructor of the aircraft and its designation;
the serial number of the aircraft;
the name and address of every person who is entitled as owner to a legal interest in the aircraft or a share therein and in the case of an aircraft which is the subject of a hire-purchase agreement the name and address of the hirer; or
(8) The Minister shall furnish to the person or persons in whose name the aircraft is registered (referred to in this Order as the registered owner) a certificate of registration, which shall include the foregoing particulars and the date on which the certificate was issued:
Provided that the Minister shall not be required to furnish a certificate of registration if the registered owner —
is the holder of an aircraft dealer’s certificate granted under sub-paragraph (9);
has made to the Minister and has not withdrawn a statement of his intention that the aircraft is to fly only in accordance with the “C Conditions” set out in the Second Schedule; and
shall use the aircraft only in accordance with the “C Conditions” set out in the Second Schedule.
(9) The Minister may grant to any person an aircraft dealer’s certificate if he is satisfied that he is a person carrying on in Singapore the business of buying and selling aircraft.
(10) Subject to sub-paragraphs (4) and (5), if at any time after an aircraft has been registered in Singapore an unqualified person becomes entitled as owner to a legal or beneficial interest in the aircraft or a share therein, the registration of the aircraft shall thereupon become void and the certificate of registration shall forthwith be returned by the registered owner to the Minister for cancellation.
(11) Any person who is registered as the owner of an aircraft registered in Singapore shall forthwith inform the Minister in writing of —
any change in the particulars which were furnished to the Minister upon application being made for the registration of the aircraft;
the destruction of the aircraft, or its permanent withdrawal from use; or
in the case of an aircraft registered in pursuance of sub-paragraph (5) the termination of the demise charter.
(12) Any person who becomes the owner of an aircraft registered in Singapore shall forthwith inform the simulator in writing to that effect.
(13) The Minister may, whenever it appears necessary or appropriate to do so for giving effect to this Part or for bringing up to date or otherwise correcting the particulars entered in the register, amend the register or, if he thinks fit, may cancel the registration of the aircraft, and shall cancel that registration if he is satisfied that there has been a change in the ownership of the aircraft.
(14) The chief executive officer may, by regulations, adapt or modify sub-paragraphs (1) to (13) as he considers necessary or expedient for the purpose of providing for the temporary transfer of aircraft to or from the Singapore register, either generally or in relation to a particular case or class of cases.
(15) In this paragraph references to an interest in an aircraft do not include references to an interest in an aircraft to which a person is entitled only by virtue of his membership of a flying club, and the reference in sub-paragraph (11) to the registered owner of an aircraft includes, in the case of a deceased person, his personal representative, and in the case of a body corporate which has been dissolved, its successor.
(16) Nothing in this paragraph shall require the Minister to cancel the registration of an aircraft if in his opinion it would be inexpedient in the public interest to do so.