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Register a .aero domain name

Only members of the aviation community, incorporating airlines, airports, companies, organizations, associations, government agencies and qualified individuals, may register a domain name in .aero.

Before you register a domain name, you should:

1. Check your eligibility to register a .aero domain name and the format in which you can register your chosen domain name here.

2. Verify if your chosen domain name is available, by using the "Check name" box at the upper right-hand corner of this page.

3. Obtain your .aero ID, prior to registration of your chosen domain name through a .aero authorised registrar, this unique validity process screens potential domain registrants thus ensuring the integrity and the exclusivity of the .aero domain. Request your .aero ID now.

Register an airline or airport code

Registration of airline and airport codes have a specific registration criteria. For more information click here.

Special Note

Every registrant needs to obtain a .aero ID in order to be able to register .aero domains. Your .aero ID is the unique validity process, which screens potential domain registrants thus ensuring the integrity and the exclusivity of the .aero domain.

 

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Registrant groups

 

Aerial works

Who belongs to this group?

All commercial and non-comercial civil flight operations of which the primary goal is not the transportation of persons or goods from one point to another, including all flight operations for the benefit of third parties (public benefits) are aerial works operations. Such activities may include, but are not limited to fire fighting, agicultural flights, traffic surveillance, or weather research and environment surveillance.

If your fall into one of the above categories then you are eligible to register your .aero domain name.

What are the credentials for this group?

The credentials for this group could be your company web site, a free text or an explanatory letter on company letterhead, which describes your company / entity and shows its affiliation with aviation.

Please note that one of the easiest ways of verification is if your email address corresponds to the company name or the company web site address.

What names can be registered?

You can register your names in the format name.aero, we suggest:

yourcompany.aero

yourproduct.aero

Before you register your name please use the Check name facility to verify that your chosen domain name is still available.

 

Aerospace

Who belongs to this group?

Aircraft, engine, equipment or satellite manufacturers, companies, organisations or individuals carrying out business involving maintenance, testing, and distribution.

If your fall into one of the above categories then you are eligible to register your .aero domain name.

What are the credentials for this group?

The credentials for this group could be your company web site; Design, Manufacturing or Maintenance Organisation Approval; JAA Technical Standard Order; Production Certificate; Manufacturer Maintenance Certificate; Air Agency Certificate; Technical Standard Order; also free text or an explanatory letter on company letterhead, which describes your company / entity and shows your affiliation with the company.

Please note that one of the easiest ways of verification is if your email address corresponds to the company name or the company web site address.

What names can be registered?

You can register your names in the format name.aero, we suggest:

yourcompany.aero

yourproduct.aero

Before you register your name please use the Check name facility to verify that your chosen domain name is still available.

 

Air freight & logistics companies

Who belongs to this group?

Freight forwarders and express carriers involved in air transportation.

If your fall into one of the above categories then you are eligible to register your .aero domain name.

What are the credentials for this group?

The credentials for this group could be your company web site; IATA Accredited Cargo Agent; IATA assigned numeric code; also a free text or an explanatory letter on company letterhead, which describes your company / entity and shows its affiliation with aviation. 

Please note that one of the easiest ways of verification is if your email address corresponds to the company name or the company web site address.

What names can be registered?

You can register your names in the format name.aero, we suggest:

yourcompany.aero

yourproduct.aero

Before you register your name please use the Check name facility to verify that your chosen domain name is still available.

 

 

Air navigation services providers

Who belongs to this group?

Air traffic control (ATC), ATC suppliers, ATC industry members and associations.

If your fall into one of the above categories then you are eligible to register your .aero domain name.

What are the credentials for this group?

The credentials for this group could be your company web site; License holder and country, where you operate; also a free text or an explanatory letter on company letterhead, which describes your company / entity and shows its affiliation with aviation.

Please note that one of the easiest ways of verification is if your email address corresponds to the company name or the company web site address.

What names can be registered?

You can register names in the format name.aero. We suggest:

yourcompany.aero

yourproduct.aero

Before you register your name please use the Check name facility to verify that your chosen domain name is still available.

 

 

Air safety, medical and certification

Who belongs to this group?

Air ambulances, airport security, and certification companies and organisations.

If your fall into one of the above categories then you are eligible to register your .aero domain name.

What are the credentials for this group?

The credentials for this group could be your company web site, a free text or an explanatory letter on company letterhead, which describes your company / entity and shows its affiliation with aviation. 

Please note that one of the easiest ways of verification is if your email address corresponds to the company name or the company web site address.

What names can be registered?

You can register names in the format name.aero. We suggest:

yourcompany.aero

yourproduct.aero

Before you register your name please use the Check name facility to verify that your chosen domain name is still available.

 

 

Air sports and recreational aviation

Who belongs to this group?

Air sports and recreational aviation clubs and their members, federations, national associations, organisers of competitions linked to air sports, and suppliers of air sports and recreational aviation equipment.

If your fall into one of the above categories then you are eligible to register your .aero domain name.

What are the credentials for this group?

The credentials for this group could be your company web site, Affiliation to FAI Member Organisation; FAI Calendar Championship ID Number; also a free text or an explanatory letter on company letterhead, which describes your company / entity and shows its affiliation with aviation.

Please note that one of the easiest ways of verification is if your email address corresponds to the company name or the company web site address.

What names can be registered?

You can register names in the format name.aero. We suggest:

yourcompany.aero

yourproduct.aero

Before you register your name please use the Check name facility to verify that your chosen domain name is still available.

 

 

Airlines and commercial operators

Who belongs to this group?

Commercial airlines, charter airlines, cargo airlines, corporate charter operators, air taxis, air tour operators.

If your fall into one of the above categories then you are eligible to register your .aero domain name.

What are the credentials for this group?

The credentials for this group could be your company web site, Air Operating Certificate; IATA 2character airline identifier; ICAO 3letter airline identifier; also a free text or an explanatory letter on company letterhead, which describes your company / entity and shows your affiliation with it.

Please note that one of the easiest ways of verification is if your email address corresponds to the company name or the company web site address.

What names can be registered?

You can register names in the format name.aero. We suggest:

yourcompany.aero

yourproduct.aero

2-character-airline-identifier.aero

Before you register your name please use the Check name facility to verify that your chosen domain name is still available.

Who belongs to this group?

Commercial airlines, charter airlines, cargo airlines, corporate charter operators, air taxis, air tour operators.

If your fall into one of the above categories then you are eligible to register your .aero domain name.

What are the credentials for this group?

The credentials for this group could be your company web site, Air Operating Certificate; IATA 2character airline identifier; ICAO 3letter airline identifier; also a free text or an explanatory letter on company letterhead, which describes your company / entity and shows your affiliation with it.

Please note that one of the easiest ways of verification is if your email address corresponds to the company name or the company web site address.

What names can be registered?

You can register names in the format name.aero. We suggest:

yourcompany.aero

yourproduct.aero

2-character-airline-identifier.aero

Before you register your name please use the Check name facility to verify that your chosen domain name is still available.

 

Airports

Who belongs to this group?

Operators of international airports, regional airports, and aerodromes.

If your fall into one of the above categories then you are eligible to register your .aero domain name.

What are the credentials for this group?

The credentials for this group could be your company web site, IATA 3letter location identifier; ICAO 4letter location identifier; FAA 3letter airport identifier; also a free text or an explanatory letter on company letterhead, which describes your company / entity and shows your affiliation with it.

Please note that one of the easiest ways of verification is if your email address corresponds to the company name or the company web site address.

What names can be registered?

You can register names in the format name.aero. We suggest:

yourcompany.aero

yourproduct.aero

3-letter-IATA-location-identifier.airport.aero

Before you register your name please use the Check name facility to verify that your chosen domain name is still available.

 

Aviation distribution systems

Who belongs to this group?

Computer reservation companies, airline sales agents and licensed air travel agents.

If your fall into one of the above categories then you are eligible to register your .aero domain name.

What are the credentials for this group?

The credentials for this group could be your company web site, a free text or an explanatory letter on company letterhead, which describes your company / entity and shows its affiliation with aviation.

Please note that one of the easiest ways of verification is if your email address corresponds to the company name or the company web site address.

What names can be registered?

You can register names in the format name.aero. We suggest:

yourcompany.aero

yourproduct.aero

Before you register your name please use the Check name facility to verify that your chosen domain name is still available.

 

Aviation education and research

Who belongs to this group?

Flight schools, aviation colleges, aircraft mechanic schools, training centers, research centers, and organisers of test flights.

If your fall into one of the above categories then you are eligible to register your .aero domain name.

What are the credentials for this group?

The credentials for this group could be your company web site, a proof that you are an Air traffic controller school; Flight school or aviation maintenance school; also free text or an explanatory letter on company letterhead, which describes your company / entity and shows its affiliation with aviation.

Please note that one of the easiest ways of verification is if your email address corresponds to the company name or the company web site address.

What names can be registered?

You can register names in the format name.aero. We suggest:

yourcompany.aero

yourproduct.aero

 

Before you register your name please use the Check name facility to verify that your chosen domain name is still available.

 

Aviation industry associations

Who belongs to this group?

Industry associations, passenger associations, unions, working groups.

If your fall into one of the above categories then you are eligible to register your .aero domain name.

What are the credentials for this group?

The credentials for this group could be your company web site, Articles of Association; also free text or an explanatory letter on company letterhead, which describes your company / entity and shows its affiliation with aviation.

Please note that one of the easiest ways of verification is if your email address corresponds to the company name or the company web site address.

What names can be registered?

You can register names in the format name.aero. We suggest:

yourcompany.aero

yourproduct.aero

Before you register your name please use the Check name facility to verify that your chosen domain name is still available.

 

Aviation media

Who belongs to this group?

Press, magazines, informational web sites, conference and airshow organizers, feelance journalists specialised in aviation.

If your fall into one of the above categories then you are eligible to register your .aero domain name.

What are the credentials for this group?

The credentials for this group could be your company web site, ISSN or ISBN number; Air show/conference - date and location of the event; also free text or an explanatory letter on company letterhead, which describes your company / entity and shows its affiliation with aviation.

Please note that one of the easiest ways of verification is if your email address corresponds to the company name or the company web site address.

What names can be registered?

You can register names in the format name.aero. We suggest:

yourcompany.aero

yourproduct.aero

Before you register your name please use the Check name facility to verify that your chosen domain name is still available.

 

Aviation professionals

Who belongs to this group?

Licensed or certified aviation professionals such as cabin crews, flight engineers, flight instructors, engineers, trainers.

If your fall into one of the above categories then you are eligible to register your .aero domain name.

What are the credentials for this group?

The credentials for this group could be your web site, a proof that you are a holder of an airline air crew identity card; holder of a flight instructor certificate; holder of an air crew or flight engineer certificate issued by national Civil Aviation Authority (Rating/Date isued); US: Holder of Airman Certificate; also free text or an explanatory letter on company letterhead, which shows your affiliation with aviation.

Please note that one of the easiest ways of verification is if your email address corresponds to the company name or the company web site address.

What names can be registered?

You can register names in the format name.aero. We suggest:

yourcompany.aero

yourproduct.aero

Before you register your name please use the Check name facility to verify that your chosen domain name is still available.

 

Aviation suppliers & service providers

Who belongs to this group?

Companies, organisations or individuals carrying out business involving catering, leasing, ground handling, insurance, it, fuel, in-flight entertainment, traders, marketplaces, consulting for the aviation industry.

If your fall into one of the above categories then you are eligible to register your .aero domain name.

What are the credentials for this group?

The credentials for this group could be your company web site, a free text or an explanatory letter on company letterhead, which describes your company / entity and shows its affiliation with aviation.

Please note that one of the easiest ways of verification is if your email address corresponds to the company name or the company web site address.

What names can be registered?

You can register names in the format name.aero. We suggest:

yourcompany.aero

yourproduct.aero

Before you register your name please use the Check name facility to verify that your chosen domain name is still available.

 

Business aircraft operators

Who belongs to this group?

Aircraft charters, aircraft management companies, business aircraft operators and owners of business aircrafts.

If your fall into one of the above categories then you are eligible to register your .aero domain name.

What are the credentials for this group?

The credentials for this group could be your company web site; US: Statement of Compliance with part 91; a free text or an explanatory letter on company letterhead, which describes your company / entity and shows your affiliation with it.

Please note that one of the easiest ways of verification is if your email address corresponds to the company name or the company web site address.

What names can be registered?

You can register names in the format name.aero. We suggest:

yourcompany.aero

yourproduct.aero

Before you register your name please use the Check name facility to verify that your chosen domain name is still available.

 

Civil aviation authorities

Who belongs to this group?

National and regional civil aviation authorities, governmental departments regulating civil aviation, accident investigation bodies.

If your fall into one of the above categories then you are eligible to register your .aero domain name.

What are the credentials for this group?

The credentials for this group could be your company web site; ICAO member; also free text or an explanatory letter on company letterhead, which describes your company / entity and shows your affiliation with it.

Please note that one of the easiest ways of verification is if your email address corresponds to the company name or the company web site address.

What names can be registered?

You can register names in the format name.aero. We suggest:

your organisation name.aero

Before you register your name please use the Check name facility to verify that your chosen domain name is still available.

 

 

Government organisations

Who belongs to this group?

Regulating and standard setting organisations, state aviation, government aviation service agencies.

If your fall into one of the above categories then you are eligible to register your .aero domain name.

What are the credentials for this group?

The credentials for this group could be your company web site; a free text or an explanatory letter on company letterhead, which describes your company / entity/organisation and shows your affiliation with it.

Please note that one of the easiest ways of verification is if your email address corresponds to the company name or the company web site address.

What names can be registered?

You can register names in the format name.aero. We suggest:

your organisation name.aero

Before you register your name please use the Check name facility to verify that your chosen domain name is still available.

 

Pilots

Who belongs to this group?

All commercial and private pilots. 

If your fall into one of the above categories then you are eligible to register your .aero domain name.

What are the credentials for this group?

The credentials for this group could be a web site; a copy of your Pilot License or the date it was issued.

Please note that one of the easiest ways of verification is if your email address corresponds to the company name or the company web site address.

What names can be registered?

You can register names in the format name.aero. We suggest:

yourcompany.aero

yourproduct.aero

Before you register your name please use the Check name facility to verify that your chosen domain name is still available.

 

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Domain Policies

Domain Policies

SITA has been representing the aviation community for more than fifty years. As the sponsor of .aero SITA and the Dot Aero Council is working with government and industry representative bodies to develop, maintain and enforce the .aero Domain Management Policy (DMP). This policy defines the rules associated with eligibility and domain name allocation, sets out the license terms governing the use of a .aero domain name and describes the dispute resolution policies for the .aero TLD.

It is important that you read the policy before applying for a .aero domain name, as it sets out the conditions governing the license and use of a .aero domain name.

You can find links to this policy and other relevant documents and policies in the menu on the left hand side.

Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution policies applicable to .aero domain are listed in the Domain Management Policy. WIPO is appointed as the dispute resolution provider for Eligibility Reconsideration Policy and Charter Eligibility Dispute Resolution Policy.

 

Domain Management Policy

Version 6.2

Date: 14 November 2006

Download Domain Management Policy (DMP) - Nov. 14, 2006

Domain Management Policy (DMP) Nov. 14, 2006 - 227.09k (sitaaerodmp061114.pdf)

 

 

 

I. General principles

1. Aviation community and the role of SITA

The .aero domain is a sponsored Top Level Domain ("TLD") established by and for the use of the members of the aviation community. SITA, the Sponsor of the .aero domain, is a not for profit cooperative that has been representing the aviation community for more than fifty years. SITA's role is to manage the .aero domain in the interests of the aviation community. SITA will, with the advice of relevant government and industry representative bodies, develop, maintain and enforce this .aero domain management policy. 

This policy is intended to be updated and revised regularly to reflect aviation industry interests. The current version of this policy is publicly available on the following web sites: www.information.aero and www.nic.aero. Comments submitted through those web sites will be considered for updates of this document.

The .aero TLD is restricted to people, entities and government agencies which: (1) provide for and support the efficient, safe, and secure transport of people and cargo by air; and (2) facilitate or perform the necessary transactions to transport people and cargo by air.

2. Policy structure

The .aero domain is structured to provide for the allocation of domain names within specific Domain Types to specific Registrants within Registrant Groups.  Each Registrant Group represents a sector of the aviation community. SITA, working with representative aviation community associations and organizations, defines the domain naming conventions which will ensure consistency, fair allocation and predictability of the .aero domain.  

This policy defines the rules of eligibility and .aero domain name allocation for each Registrant Group. It also sets out the license terms and described the dispute resolution procedures for the .aero TLD.  

Registrant Groups & Representative Bodies

Registrants are grouped according to similar characteristics in Registrant Groups which represent aviation industry segments. For each Registrant Group this policy defines eligibility criteria.

A Representative Body is appointed by SITA to represent each Registrant Group. They contribute to the development of this policy by expressing recommendations on rules and mechanisms of determining eligibility, domain applicability, and the schedule of deployment. In particular they contribute to the definition of the naming convention and the .aero domain name allocation within the Registrant Group that they represent. Terms of the arrangements with Representative Bodies are summarized in the appendices.

Registrant Group

Representative body

Aerial works

SITA (acting)

Aerospace

SITA (acting)

Air freight & logistics companies

FAGSA

Air navigation services providers

CANSO

Air safety, medical and certification

SITA (acting)

Air sports and recreational aviation

FAI

Airlines and commercial operators

IATA

Airports

ACI

Aviation distribution systems

SITA

Aviation education and research

SITA (acting)

Aviation industry associations

SITA

Aviation media

SITA (acting)

Aviation professional

SITA (acting)

Aviation suppliers & service providers

SITA (acting)

Business aircraft operators

NBAA

Civil aviation authorities

ICAO

Government organisations linked to aviation

SITA (acting)

Pilots

SITA (acting)

Explanation of acronyms of industry associations as well as contact details are available here: http://www.information.aero/about/council.

3. Registration process

Registration of a .aero domain name is done in 2 steps: Identification, then Registration. After Registration, the holder of a .aero domain name must comply with the licence rules (see Chapter "Licence Rules").

Step 1- Identification

Each Registrant must be recognized as member of the aviation community. This eligibility check can be performed by various mechanisms (described in section "Eligibility" of this document) and is concluded by the assignment of an "Aviation Community Membership ID". Once a Registrant has obtained an Aviation Community   Membership ID, the Registrant is entitled to register any names currently open for the Registrant Group the Registrant belongs to. This step needs to be performed only once by each Registrant.

Step 2 - Registration

Once the Registrant is ready to proceed with the registration of a .aero domain name, the Registrant must choose a Registrar (authorised distributor of .aero domains) to obtain a .aero domain name licence and pay the registration fee. Some domain names are pre-allocated while some need to be requested directly by the Registrant at the time of Registration. The Aviation Community Membership ID can be reused for multiple registrations by the same Registrant.

II. Eligibility requirements

4. Eligibility Requirements

To be recognized as a member of the aviation community, a Registrant must establish that it belongs to a Registrant Group. The list and description of registrant Groups is shown below.

Registrant Group

Description

Aerial works

All commercial and non-comercial civil flight operations of which the primary goal is not the transportation of persons or goods from one point to another, including all flight operations for the benefit of third parties (public benefits) are aerial works operations. Such activities may include, but are not limited to fire fighting, agicultural flights, traffic surveillance, or weather research and environment surveillance.

Aerospace

Aircraft, engine, equipment or satellite manufacturers, companies, organisations or individuals carrying out business involving maintenance, testing, and distribution .

Air freight & logistics companies

Freight forwarders and express carriers involved in air transportation

Air navigation services providers

Air traffic control (ATC), ATC suppliers, ATC industry members and associations

Air safety, medical and certification

Air ambulances, airport security, and certification companies and organisaions

Air sports and recreational aviation

Air sports and recreational aviation clubs and their members, federations, national associations, organisers of competitions linked to air sports, and suppliers of air sports and recreational aviation equipment.

Airlines and commercial operators

Commercial airlines, charter airlines, cargo airlines, corporate charter operators, air taxis, air tour operators

Airports

Operators of international airports, regional airports, and aerodromes

Aviation distribution systems

Computer reservation companies, airline sales agents and licensed air travel agents.

Aviation education and research

Flight schools, aviation colleges, aircraft mechanic schools, training centers, research centers, and organisers of test flights.

Aviation industry associations

Industry associations, passenger associations, unions, working groups

Aviation media

Press, magazines, informational web sites, conference and airshow organizers, feelance journalists specialised in aviation.

Aviation professionals

Licensed or certified aviation professionals such as cabin crews, flight engineers, flight instructors, engineers, trainers.

Aviation suppliers & service providers

Companies, organisations or individuals carrying out business involving catering, leasing, ground handling, insurance, it, fuel, in-flight entertainment, traders, marketplaces, consulting for the aviation industry.

Business aircraft operators

Aircraft charters, aircraft management companies, business aircraft operators and owners of business aircrafts.

Civil aviation authorities

National and regional civil aviation authorities, governmental departments regulating civil aviation, accident investigation bodies.

Government organisations linked to aviation

Regulating and standard setting organisations, state aviation, government aviation service agencies

Pilots

All commercial and private pilots.

 

 

Once its eligibility is established, the Registrant will receive an Aviation Community Membership ID (via mail, email or fax) that it will use to identify itself when registering a .aero domain name. SITA and the .aero Representative Bodies are designing and putting in place various mechanisms to perform this identification and eligibility process.

A Registrant may currently choose among the following mechanisms:

a) Being designated by a .aero Partner Association of which the Registrant is a member (see pre-authentication by .aero Partner Association); or

b) Applying to the .aero Office through a Registrar or an online application process.

Once its eligibility is established, the Registrant will receive an Aviation Community Membership ID (via mail, email or fax) that it will use to identify itself when registering a .aero domain name. SITA and the .aero Representative Bodies are designing and putting in place various mechanisms to perform this identification and eligibility process.

A Registrant may currently choose among the following mechanisms:

a) Being designated by a .aero Partner Association of which the Registrant is a member (see pre-authentication by .aero Partner Association); or

b) Applying to the .aero Office through an online application process.

Following the assignment of the Aviation Community Membership ID, the registrant can view and update information associated with the Aviation Community Membership ID through an online process on the web site http://www.information.aero.

 

5. Pre-authentication by a .aero Partner Association

Industry associations can sign a partnership agreement with SITA to become a .aero Partner Association. A Registrant who is a members of a .aero Partner Association can be nominated by the association to receive an Aviation Community Membership ID.

The association will either

  • provide the list of such nominees to SITA, classified into their appropriate registrant groups. The Registrant will receive their Aviation Community Membership ID directly from their .aero partner association (or upon request); or
  • provide data for the purpose of verification when required by SITA. The Registrant will receive its Aviation Community Membership ID from SITA or from the Registrar.

The table below lists the organisations and associations that have agreed to become .aero Partner Associations:

Registrant Group

.aero partner associations

Airlines and commercial operators

IATA, SITA

Business aircraft operators

NBAA

Airports

ACI

Aviation industry associations

SITA

Civil aviation authorities

ICAO

Aerospace

GAMA, NAG

Air freight & logistics companies

FAGSA

Air navigation services providers

CANSO

Air safety, medical and certification

 

Aviation distribution systems

SITA

Aviation education and research

 

Aviation media

 

Government organisations linked to aviation

 

Pilots

 

Aerial works

 

Air sports and recreational aviation

FAI

Aviation professionals

 

Aviation suppliers & service providers

ACI, NBAA, IATA

 

 

Explanation of acronyms of industry associations as well as contact details are available here.

6. Application to the .aero Office

Any Registrant can request an Aviation Community Membership ID from the .aero Office prior to submitting domain registration request.  

  • provide information regarding the Registrant's identity;
  • select the Registrant Group to which the Registrant belongs; 
  • identify and provide the relevant credentials for that Registrant Group, as detailed in the Appendix, section 28.  All documents sent to the .aero Office need to be translated into English or French. 

By submitting the application, the Registrant:

  • Warrants that it is a member of the aviation community and meets the eligibility requirements set out in this Policy;
  • Agrees to the terms set out in this Policy, including the Eligibility Reconsideration Policy;
  • Declares that it has the relevant credentials as described in the Appendix, section 28.
  • Declares that the information provided in the application is complete and correct;
  • Acknowledges that the issue of the Aviation Community Membership ID is subject to verification and audit by SITA and agrees that when required by SITA, it will supply supporting documents to allow SITA to verify the credentials and other information in the application;

The .aero Office can request additional information from the Registrant including by way of example the latest annual report of the company, evidence of a registration of the company, a certificate from a relevant civil aviation authority, or request a confirmation from a relevant industry authority or association that the Registrant is a member of the Registrant Group selected. 

The Eligibility Reconsideration Policy applies for resolving any dispute with regard to any decision by the  .aero Office.

 

III. Domain allocation rules

7. Spelling conventions and other restrictions

The .aero domain name must:

  • be at least 3 characters and no more than 63 characters long (except airline industry codes as described in "Industry Codes" )
  • in the case of an allocated sub-domain  (i.e. domain name on the 3rd level or higher) be at least 2 characters and no more than 63 characters long e.g. CC.CAA.AERO
  • not contain a hyphen on the 3rd and 4th position (tagged domains)
  • contain only letters (a-z), numbers (0-9) and hyphens or a combination of these
  • start and end with an alphanumeric character, not a hyphen

Reserved names

The names set out in the appendix Reserved Names are not available for registration unless designated as Special Industry Names or Industry Codes.

Country names and names of geographical areas

Country names and geographical areas cannot be registered as second level domain names, unless expressly provided for in this policy.

Provisions for future development

Registration of certain types of domain names may be restricted to protect a particular part of the name space for future development of predictive addressing schemes.

8. Domain allocation rules

The .aero domain comprises four different types of domains. Some domain types are pre-allocated to particular Registrants or to a whole Registrant Group, while other domain types need to be requested when registering. Some domain types may be restricted to some Registrant Groups. The rules for the allocation of each Domain Type are set out in the following table:

Registrant Group

Industry code

Allocated Sub Domain

Special Industry name on SLD

Unregulated name on SLD

Aerial works

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Aerospace

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Air freight & logistics companies

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Air navigation services providers

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Air safety, medical and certification

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Air sports and recreational aviation

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Airlines and commercial operators

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Airports

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Aviation distribution systems

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Aviation education and research

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Aviation industry associations

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Aviation media

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Aviation professionals

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Aviation suppliers & service providers

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Business aircraft operators

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Civil aviation authorities

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Government organisations linked to aviation

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Pilots

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

9. Industry Codes

Airline identifiers

Format: IATA2characterairlinedesignator.aero (xx.aero)

Eligibility : The Registrant will require allocation by IATA. The Registrant will be a unique holder of the domain. Controlled duplicates will not be available.

Revocation : The domain name will be revoked if the corresponding 2 character airline designator is revoked by IATA

Other requirements:

a) The Registrant is required to use the domain name in compliance with IATA RP 1784.

b) The Sponsor may register this domain name to improve predictability of the name space. The domain will be transferred to the eligible Registrant when requested by the relevant Registrar.

Format: ICAO3letterairlinedesignator.aero (xxx.aero)

Eligibility : The Registrant wil require allocation of the three-letter airline designator by ICAO.

Revocation : The domain name will be revoked if the corresponding ICAO 3-letter designator is revoked.

Other requirements:

a) In the event of an overlap between the ICAO 3-letter airline designator and the IATA or FAA 3-letter location designator, the first-come first-served rule applies. However, the registrant is required to place a link on its web site leading to the web site of the airport operator that is identified by the corresponding IATA 3 letter location designator.

b) The Sponsor may register this domain name to improve predictability of the name space. The domain will be transferred to the eligible Registrant when requested by the relevant Registrar.

Location indentifiers

Format: IATA3letterlocationdesignator.aero or FAA3characterlocationidentifier.aero (xxx.aero)

Eligibility : The Registrant must be an operator of an airport with a location code assigned to it by IATA or FAA.

Revocation : The domain name will be revoked if the registrant ceases to be the operator of the airport or the corresponding 3 letter airport designator is revoked by IATA or FAA.

Other requirements:

a) In the event of an overlap between the ICAO 3-letter airline designator and the IATA 3-letter location designator, the first-come first-served rule applies. However, the registrant is required to place a link on its web site leading to the web site of the airline which operates under the corresponding ICAO 3 letter airline designator.

b) The Sponsor may register this domain name to improve predictability of the name space. The domain will be transferred to the eligible Registrant when requested by the relevant Registrar.

Route codes

Format: Domain names in the notation AAA-BBB.AERO, where AAA and BBB are location designator assigned by IATA.

Eligibility : The Registrant must be the operator of the airport with a location code AAA or BBB assigned to it by IATA.

Revocation : The domain name will be revoked if the registrant ceases to be the operator of the airport or if the corresponding 3 letter airport designator is revoked by IATA.

Other requirements:

a) Further restrictions on the use of this domain are specified in the policy for .aero shortcuts here: http://www.information.aero/registration/policies/shortcuts.

b) The Sponsor may register this domain name to improve predictability of the name space. The domain will be transferred to the eligible Registrant when requested by the relevant Registrar.

Flight Numbers

Format: Flightnumber.aero (domain names in the notation AA[A]NNNN.AERO , where AA[A] is an airline designator and NNNN is one to four digits)

Eligibility : The Registrant must be an operator of origin or destination airport of the flight or the airline operating the flight.

Revocation : The domain name will be revoked if registrant ceases to be an operator of the airport or if the corresponding 3 letter airport designator is revoked by IATA.

Other requirements:

a) The domain will be delegated on a first-come first-served basis to eligible registrants. However, in the event the operating airline wishes to provide a service using all the domain names corresponding to its flight numbers, then the airline may make an application to the Sponsor regarding its proposal and the Sponsor may automatically reassign all relevant domain names to the airline.

b) Further restrictions on the use of this domain are specified in the policy for .aero shortcuts here:  http://www.information.aero/registration/policies/shortcuts.

c) The Sponsor may register this domain name to improve predictability of the name space. The domain will be transferred to the eligible Registrant when requested by the relevant Registrar.

10. Unregulated name on SLD

Format

anyname.aero

Eligibility

The Registrant is allowed to register any name in the above format, which follows the common rules and spelling conventions described above.

Allocation

Domain names are licensed to Registrants on a "first come, first served" basis. If a domain name is already licensed, or if an application is pending for that name, then no further applications will be accepted for that name until the name is either revoked or the pending application declined.

11. Allocated sub domains

Allocated sub-domains are limited in number and are defined by the Representative Body for each Registrant Group. Representative Bodies may propose for inclusion in this Policy specific eligibility criteria, naming conventions, allocation and revocation rules for a particular sub-domain. Registration is open for sub-domains, where such criteria have been defined in this policy.

Registrant Group

Allocated sub-domains

Aerial works

works

Aerospace

aircraft, design, engine, equipment, maintenance, production

Air freight & logistics companies

cargo, express, freight, logistics

Air navigation services providers

airtraffic, navigation, air-traffic-control

Air safety, medical and certification

ambulance, certification, emergency, safety

Air sports and recreational aviation

aerobatic, aeroclub, ballooning, club, paragliding, federation, gliding, hanggliding, microlight, modelling, rotorcraft, skydiving, championship, parachuting, recreation, homebuilt

Airlines and commercial operators

Airline (See Note 1 below), cargo, charter, flight, taxi, pilot

Airports

aerodrome, airport (See Note 2 below)

Aviation distribution systems

agents, res

Aviation education and research

author, educator, research, scientist, student

Aviation industry associations

Association, council, group, passenger-association, repbody, union, workinggroup

Aviation media

Conference, journal, magazine, media, press, show

Aviation professionals

consultant, crew, engineer, trainer, trader, broker, author, educator, scientist, journalist

Aviation suppliers & service providers

catering, consulting, entertainment, exchange, fuel, groundhandling, insurance, leasing, marketplace, services, trading, software

Business aircraft operators

Charter, taxi, pilot

Civil aviation authorities

accident-investigation, accident-prevention, air-surveillance, caa, civilaviation, control, dgca

Government organisations linked to aviation

Government

Pilots

Pilot

Note 1: Rules for subdomain airline.aero

Format: ICAO 3letterairlinedesignator.airline.aero (xxx.airline.aero) Eligibility : The Registrant wil require allocation of the three-letter airline designator by ICAO.

Revocation : The domain name will be revoked if the corresponding ICAO 3-letter designator is revoked.

Other requirements:

a) The Sponsor may register this domain name to improve predictability of the name space. The domain will be transferred to the eligible Registrant when requested by the relevant Registrar.

b) No other three- character domain names are permitted in the subdomain airline.aero.

c) Further restrictions on the use of this domain are specified in the policy for .aero shortcuts here.

Note 2: Rules for subdomain airport.aero

Format: IATA3letterlocationdesignator.airport.aero (xxx.airport.aero) and ICAO4letterlocatiodesignator.airport.aero (xxxx.airport.aero)

Eligibility : The Registrant must be an operator of an airport or airfield with the corresponding location designator allocated by IATA or ICAO.

Revocation : The domain name will be revoked if the registrant ceases to be an operator of the airport or if the corresponding location designator is revoked by IATA or ICAO.

Other requirements:

a) The Sponsor may register this domain name to improve predictability of the name space. The domain will be transferred to the eligible Registrant when requested by the relevant Registrar.

b) No other three- or four- character domain names are permitted in the subdomain airport.aero.

c) Further restrictions on the use of this domain are specified in the policy for .aero shortcuts here.

12. Special Industry Names

Special Industry Names are limited in number and are listed in the Appendix par 26. The Sponsor reserves the right to include new names in the list of reserved names.

Allocation

Special industry names can be allocated by the Sponsor to any member of the aviation community, who in the opinion of the Sponsor will use the domain name for the best benefit of the aviation community.

The following allocation mechanisms are currently used:

  • the name is allocated to a .aero representative body for its own use;
  • the right is given to a .aero representative body to allocate the name;
  • the name is allocated on the basis of a proposal submitted to the Sponsor.

A party interested in the allocation of a special industry name is required to submit a proposal to the Sponsor stating their credentials and describing the intended use of the name.  To determine whether the allocation of a special industry name is in the best interest of the aviation community, the Sponsor will normally solicit the advice of the Dot Aero Council. 

Registration

Once a special industry name has been allocated, it can then be registered through any .aero registrar following the usual domain registration process.

IV. Licence Rules

13. Licence period and renewals

The initial licence period for a .aero domain name is two years. The licence to use the .aero domain name can be renewed at the end of each licence period for further terms of one year, subject to the current terms and conditions. The Registrar will attempt to contact the Registrant (or their agent) when the .aero domain name requires renewal, but the Registrant is responsible to ensure renewal.

14. Continuing eligibility

If the Licensee ceases to be a member of the Registrant Group to which their .aero domain name is associated, then the Licensee must cancel registration of that .aero domain name within 14 days of ceasing to be a member.

15. Domain name licence transfer

The licence to use the .aero domain name may only be transferred in the following circumstances:

a) the person to whom the .aero domain name is to be transferred to meets the criteria set out in this .aero Domain Management Policy for the holder of that .aero domain name; and

b) the prescribed fee is paid.

Transfers of a .aero domain name are carried out by the Registrar of the .aero domain name.

16. Revoking a domain name licence

The Registrant agrees with the Sponsor that the Sponsor may revoke the license to use a .aero domain name for the reasons outlined below:

Change in status

If the Registrant ceases to be a member of the Registrant Group to which their .aero domain name is associated.

Fee not paid

If the prescribed fee is not paid within the required time.

Breach of warranty

If a warranty supplied by the Registrant or their agent is breached.

Incorrect information

If misleading, incomplete or incorrect information is supplied in the application.

Failure to comply with this policy

If the Registrant fails to comply with this policy.

Court decision

If a court of competent authority determines that the .aero domain name should not be licensed to the Registrant, be removed from the registry or be licensed to another person.

Improper use

If the .aero domain name, or the use of the .aero domain name, is not in the best interests of the aviation community.

Instruction

If instructed by the Registrant.

Error

If a .aero domain name which could not otherwise be registered under this policy is registered through mistake.

V. Dispute Resolution Policies

17. ERP

All Registrants agree to be bound by the Eligibility Reconsideration Policy ("ERP"). This policy, which operates by way of a request for reconsideration, applies to any challenge by a Registrant to a decision by the Sponsor

(a) that the Registrant does not or does no longer meet the .aero eligibility requirements as described in this Policy, and so is not entitled to an Aviation Community Membership ID; or

(b) if the registrant is a holder of a .aero domain name, to revoke the domain name licence.

Full text of the ERP is located here.

18. CEDRP

All Registrants agree to be bound by the Charter Eligibility Dispute Resolution Policy ("CEDRP"). The CEDRP applies to challenges to registered .aero domain names on the grounds that the Registrant does not meet the eligibility requirements set forth in the Sponsored TLD Charter.

Full text of the CEDRP is located at the following address: http://www.icann.org/tlds/agreements/sponsored/sponsorship-agmt-att12-13oct01.htm

19. UDRP

All Registrants agree to be bound by the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy ("UDRP"). The UDRP applies to challenges to registered domain names on the grounds that domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark in which the complainant has rights.

Full text of the UDRP is located at the following address: http://www.icann.org/dndr/udrp/policy.htm

20. Other disputes

All disputes over .aero domain names not covered by the above policies are to be resolved via the procedure outlined below:

(a) The originator of the dispute sends notice of the dispute in writing to the Sponsor.

(b) The originator, the Sponsor and any third parties must attempt to settle the dispute by negotiation.

(c) If the above attempts fail to settle the dispute, the parties agree to refer the dispute to arbitration and all parties must agree to be bound by the ruling of the arbitrator. The arbitral tribunal shall consist of a sole arbitrator. The place of arbitration will be Geneva, Switzerland. The dispute shall be decided in accordance with the law of Switzerland.

 

VI. Verification of eligibility and domain name registrations

The Sponsor may operate a verification system to prevent the misuse of Aviation Community Membership IDs and to ensure that this Policy is complied with. The verification may be conducted by the Sponsor or by a third party appointed by the Sponsor.

If a Registrant is selected for verification, then it may be asked to provide supporting information demonstrating that it meets the eligibility requirements set at this Policy or that the .aero domain name complies with this Policy. 

If the Registrant fails to co-operate with a request or fails to co-operate within a reasonable time period, then the Sponsor may cancel the Aviation Community Membership ID and revoke the licence for the .aero domain names registered by that Registrant. 

If a domain name registered as a registered entity name or trademark has become available for registration following the cancellation by Sponsor for non compliance with the domain allocation rules, then for this name the domain allocation rules valid at the time of the original registration will be in force for this domain name for another 30 days.

VII. Warranties and definitions

21. Warranties

The administration of the .aero domain relies upon the information and warranties supplied by the Registrant.

By applying for a .aero domain name, the Registrant:

  • warrants that the Registrant meets the eligibility requirements set at this Policy;
  • warrants that the domain name complies with this policy;
  • warrants that the information provided by the Registrant is complete, true and correct;
  • warrants that the registration and use of the .aero domain name does not breach any third party's rights (such as those of a registered trademark holder);
  • warrants that they have read and understood this policy and proceed on the basis that this policy is legally binding; and
  • indemnifies the Sponsor to the full extent legally permitted against all claims and demands from third parties regarding registration and use of the .aero domain name.

22. Definitions

".aero Office" refers to the Eligibility and Name Selection Services Organization responsible for (a) application of policies concerning eligibility of persons or entities to receive new or renewal registrations of Registered Names and (b) application of policies concerning selection of Registered Names to be registered to particular persons or entities.

"Registrant" is the applicant for or holder of a Registered Name.

"Registrar" is an entity or person accredited by ICANN and appointed by Sponsor to act as a registrar for domain names within the .aero domain.

"SITA" means Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques, a Belgian co-operative corporation. 

Appendix

23. Terms of partnerships with Representative Bodies

Representative Bodies play a key role and offer additional value to their members in representing the interests of Registrant Groups. The table below summarizes the benefits and responsibilities that SITA offers to these organizations. Those are standard terms that can be adapted to fit the reality of each organization.

 

 Responsibilities

 Benefits

  • Participation in the development of the .aero domain management
    Provide advice and recommendations on the domain name policy on behalf of their Registrant Group.
  • Sponsor new applicants
    Facilitate the registration of non-members belonging to registrant group by sponsoring their application.
  • Definition of community sector criteria
    Define the eligibility criteria to be applied to any potential registrant in their Registrant Group.
  • Provide means to solve conflict
    Recommend panellists to resolve disputes between registrants.
  • Expand .aero knowledge
    Support .aero marketing actions for information and educational purposes among the related Registrant Group.
  • Inform members about .aero
    Association will inform its members of the opportunities to be derived from registering a .aero domain name and communicate to them an Aviation Community Membership ID required for registration.
  • Web referencing
    Association will provide a link to the .aero web site from their own web site.
  • Control and use of sub-domains
    Representative Body has the opportunity to ensure that the interest and specific requirements of its industry group are properly captured into the .aero domain management policy. In particular, it will define allocated sub-domain for its sector.
  • Participate in .aero governance
    The Representative Body can become a member of the Dot-Aero Council (DAC), thus advising SITA on the policies and the management of the .aero domain.
  • Expand membership
    The sponsoring mechanism will allow Representative Body to generate contacts with potential new members.
  • Distribute Special Industry Names
    The Representative Body benefits from an allocation of up to 10 special industry names to be distributed among its group of registrants.
  • Get special domain names
    The Representative Body will get allocated five special names for its own use.
  • Community
    The Representative Body will have the ability to recommend other associations as partner association in the Registrant Group.
  • Web referencing
    SITA will provide a link from the .aero web site to the association's web site. By being referenced on the .aero website, .aero partner associations will also benefit from other enhanced exposure related to .aero marketing campaigns as well as direct access from the web site.

 

 

24. Terms of partnerships with .aero Partner Associations

.aero Partner Associations play a key role and offer additional value to their members in ensuring that the .aero domain names are allocated to members of the aviation community. The table below summarizes the benefits and responsibilities that SITA offers to these organizations. Those are standard terms that can be adapted to fit the reality of each organization.

 

 Responsibilities

 Benefits

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  • Provide list of members for pre-authentication
    Provide SITA with an electronic list of the association's members including contact names and e-mail addresses, thereby ensuring that these members benefit from pre-authentication required for being eligible.
  • Inform members about .aero
    Association will inform its members of the opportunities to be derived from registering a .aero domain name and communicate to them an Aviation Community Membership ID required for registration.
  • Web referencing
    Association will provide a link to the .aero web site from their own web site.
  • Simplify members' registration
    By co-operating with SITA in the eligibility validation process, the association ensures that its members are recognised as an integral part of the aviation community, while saving them the costs and resources to prove their eligibility by other means.
  • Shared mailing / e-mailing costs
    SITA will agree with the Association on the form and distribution of the related information contents to ensure that Association members can be made aware of those benefits.
  • Web referencing
    SITA will provide a link from the .aero web site to the association's web site. By being referenced on the .aero website, .aero partner associations will also benefit from other enhanced exposure related to .aero marketing campaigns as well as direct access from the web site.

 

 

25. Requirements for submitting an application to receive an Aviation Community Membership ID

Registrant Group

Credentials type

Credentials Value

Fax/mail with application

Airline or Commercial Operator

Air Operating Certificate

Date issued

Air Operating Certificate

Airline or Commercial Operator

IATA 2character airline identifier

Code

 

Airline or Commercial Operator

ICAO 3letter airline identifier

Code

 

Airline or Commercial Operator

Other

URL of an active web site or free text

Supporting documentation

Business Aircraft Operator

US: Compliance with part 91

Business location - city, state

Statement of compliance

Business Aircraft Operator

Other

URL of an active web site or free text

Explanatory letter

Airport

IATA 3 letter location identifier

Code

 

Airport

ICAO 4 letter location identifier

Code

 

Airport

FAA 3 or 4 character location identifier

Code

 

Airport

Other

URL of an active web site or free text

 

Association

Articles of Association

URL of an active web site or free text

 

Association

Other

URL of an active web site or free text

Supporting documentation

Civil Aviation Authority

ICAO member

Country name

 

Civil Aviation Authority

Other

URL of an active web site or free text

Supporting documentation

Aerospace

Design, Manufacturing or Maintenance Organisation Approval

Date issued

 

Aerospace

JAA Technical Standard Order

Date issued

 

Aerospace

Production Certificate

Date issued

 

Aerospace

Manufacturer Maintenance Certificate

Date issued

 

Aerospace

Air Agency Certificate

Date issued

 

Aerospace

Technical Standard Order

Date issued

 

Aerospace

Other

URL of an active web site or free text

Supporting documentation

Air Freight and Logistics

IATA Accredited Cargo Agent

IATA assigned numeric code

 

Air Freight and Logistics

Other

URL of an active web site or free text

 

Air Navigation Services Provider

License holder

Country where you operate

 

Air Navigation Services Provider

Other

URL of an active web site or free text

Supporting documentation

Air Safety Medical and Certification

Other

URL of an active web site or free text

Supporting documentation

Aviation Distribution System

Other

URL of an active web site or free text

Supporting documentation

Aviation Education and Research

Air traffic controller school

Location city, country

 

Aviation Education and Research

Flight school or aviation maintenance school

Location city, country

 

Aviation Education and Research

Other

URL of an active web site or free text

Supporting documentation

Aviation Media

ISSN

Number

 

Aviation Media

ISBN

Number

 

Aviation Media

Web site

URL of an active web site

 

Aviation Media

Air show/conference

Date, location

 

Aviation Media

Other

URL of an active web site or free text

Supporting documentation

Government Organisation

Other

URL of an active web site or free text

Supporting documentation

Pilot

Pilot License

Date issued

 

Pilot

Other

URL of an active web site or free text

Supporting documentation

Aerial Works

Other

URL of an active web site or free text

Supporting documentation

Air Sports and recreational aviation

Affiliation to FAI Member Organisation

Name of FAI organisation

 

Air Sports and recreational aviation

FAI Calendar Championship ID Number

ID number

 

Air Sports and recreational aviation

Other

URL of an active web site or free text

Supporting documentation

Aviation Professional

Holder of an airline air crew identity card

Airline name

 

Aviation Professional

Holder of a flight instructor certificate

Rating/Date isued

 

Aviation Professional

Holder of an air crew or flight engineer certificate issued by national Civil Aviation Authority

Rating/Date isued

 

Aviation Professional

US: Holder of Airman Certificate

Rating/Date isued

 

Aviation Professional

Other

URL of an active web site or free text

Supporting documentation

Aviation Supplier or Service Provider

Other

URL of an active web site or free text

Supporting documentation

 

 

 

 

"Registrant Group" refers to the Group of which Registrant is a member.

"Credentials type" refers to the type of credentials the Registrant possesses and will provide to the .aero Office when required.

"Credentials value" refers to a value related to the credentials type.

"Fax/mail with application" indicates what documents (if any) must to be submitted by way of mail or fax to the .aero Office together with the application. If  the field is empty, no document is required to be faxed or mailed at the time the application is submitted. The .aero Office can however request the document in the course of verification of the application.

Each registrant group includes a credential type "Other". This is to open a possibility for registration to Registrant who do not possess any credentials defined in this document but are members of a particular Registrant Group. 

"Supporting documentation" refers to a any document provided by the registrant showing that the registrant is member of the registrant group selected. Each supporting document is manually reviewed by the .aero Office.

 

26. List of Reserved names

Domain names reserved from registration or domain names reserved for registration as "Special Industry Names" are listed on the web site  here.

Location identifiers reserved from registration are listed on the web site here: http://www.information.aero/registration/register_reserved/reserved_airport_codes_list.

 

.aero Eligibility Reconsideration Policy ("Policy")

June 16, 2002

Download Eligibility Reconsideration Policy and in agreements with reg- June 16, 2002

Eligibility Reconsideration Policy - June 16, 2002 -65.88k (ERP-policy-2002-06-16.pdf)

 

 

 

This Policy is incorporated in all applications for an Aviation Community Membership ID ("Application") and in agreements with registrants concerning .aero domain name registrations. It operates between (a) the Sponsor of the .aero domain TLD and (b) the applicant for an Aviation Community Membership ID or the holder of a .aero domain name registration, as the case may be.  An Aviation Community Membership ID is a necessary prerequisite for registering or maintaining a .aero domain name registration.  "You" and "your" refer to the applicant or the registrant, as the case may be.  "Us" "our" and "we" refer to the Sponsor.

 

1. Purpose. This Eligibility Reconsideration Policy ("Policy") is incorporated by reference into your application for an Aviation Community Membership ID and into any registration agreement you may have for a .aero domain name.  It sets out the terms and conditions in connection with any challenge you may wish to make in relation to a decision by us:

(a) that you do not or that you no longer meet the .aero eligibility requirements as described in the .aero Domain Management Policy ("Eligibility Requirements"); or

(b) if you are the holder of a .aero domain name, to revoke your domain name licence ("Decision"). 

The proceedings initiated by your challenge to our Decision will be conducted according to the Rules for Eligibility Reconsideration Policy ("ERP Rules"), and the selected administrative dispute resolution service provider's supplemental rules.

2. Your representations.  By applying to obtain an Aviation Community Membership ID, applying to register a domain name, or by applying to renew a registered domain name, you represent and warrant to us that (a) the statements made in your Application are complete and accurate; (b) you meet the Eligibility Requirements; and (c) the domain name and your use of the domain name complies with the .aero Domain Management Policy.

3. Mandatory administrative proceeding. You are required to initiate a mandatory administrative proceeding in the event that you wish to challenge our Decision ("Request for Reconsideration").   These proceedings, which will take the form of a reconsideration of our Decision, will be conducted before a provider that has been appointed as a provider of dispute resolution services under this Policy ("Provider").   A list of Providers is available at http://www.information.aero/.

4. Procedure.

(a) Selection of Provider.  You shall select the Provider from those on the list of Providers available at http://www.information.aero/ by submitting the Request for Reconsideration to that Provider.  The selected Provider will administer the proceeding.

(b) Initiation of proceeding and process and appointment of the Panel.  The ERP Rules state the process for initiating and conducting a proceeding and for appointing the panel that will hear and determine the Request for Reconsideration ("Panel").

(c) Fees.  All fees charged by a Provider in connection with the Request for Reconsideration by a Panel shall be paid in accordance with the ERP Rules and the selected Provider's supplemental rules.

(d) How to demonstrate that you meet the Eligibility Requirements or that your domain name complies with the .aero Domain Management Policy. You should refer to the ERP Rules in determining how your Request for Reconsideration should be prepared.

(e) Our involvement in the administrative proceedings.  We may, but we are not required to, participate in the administration or conduct of any proceeding before a Panel.  We agree to be bound by the decision rendered by the Panel whether or not we participate.

(f) Remedy.  The remedy available to you pursuant to any proceeding before a Panel shall be limited to the issue, or the retention, of an Aviation Community Membership ID; or the acceptance by us that the domain name complies with the .aero Domain Management Policy.

(g) Notification and publication.  The Provider shall notify us of any decision made by a Panel with respect to your Request for Reconsideration.  All decisions under this Policy will be published in full over the Internet, except when a Panel determines in an exceptional case to redact portions of its decision.

5.Stay.  If we notify you of our Decision, then we will not cancel any domain name you were holding on the basis of the contested Aviation Community Membership ID or is otherwise affected by our decision:

(a) for 30 days from the date of our Decision; and

(b) if you submit a Request for Reconsideration within the time limit referred to in paragraph 5(a), then until the Provider notifies us of the decision made by the Panel.

6. Policy modifications.  We may modify this Policy at any time.  We will post our revised Policy here at least 10 days before it becomes effective. Unless this Policy has already been invoked by the submission of a Request for Reconsideration to a Provider, in which event the version of the Policy in effect at the time it was invoked will apply to you until the Request for Reconsideration is heard, all such changes will be binding upon you with respect to any Request for Reconsideration you may wish to submit subsequently.  If you object to a change in this Policy, your sole remedy is to cancel your .aero domain name, provided that you will not be entitled to a refund of any fees you paid.  The revised Policy will apply to you until you cancel or fail to renew your .aero domain name.

 

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New registrations

New registrations

How much does it cost to register a .aero domain name?

The cost varies according to the registrar chosen. The minimum domain name registration period is for two years and registration fees are not refundable once your name has been submitted by your chosen registrar to the central registry. However, the registrar policies may differ. Please review the pricing and registration conditions on your registrar's web site before you confirm your registration request.

 

 

Can I pay through an invoice?

All registrars are able to provide you with invoices instead of credit cards. If you do not wish to pay through a credit card, simply request your registrar to send you an invoice. Should a registrar refuse your request, please contact us at: aero.enquiries@sita.aero.

Due to Internet regulations regarding name registration, names cannot be registered directly through SITA, but need to be registered through one of the 5 registrars listed on our web site, which you may find by going to the Registration icon, then "Registrars" or simply click here.

How to find out if my registration was successful?

You will find a "Check names" box at the top of this web page. Simply type in your domain name. If your name has been registered, you will see the registration details. Please contact you registrar directly if you have any queries regarding the status of your registration.

 

When can I start using my .aero domain name?

Once you have prepared your site and provided your name server details to your registrar, you should see your web site operational within approximately 24 hours.

Category: New Registrations

 

How do I register and get my Aviation Community Membership ID (.aero ID) ?

Simply fill in the form here to apply for .aero ID. If the eligibility requirements are met, your .aero ID will be issued by SITA and sent to you within 2 working days. Using this ID, you may then finalize the order of your .aero domain name with your chosen registrar.

 

How can I find out about the eligibility requirements?

A summary of our eligibility requirements is provided here. Eligibility criteria are defined in the Domain Management Policy, which you may access here.

 

How can I obtain a .aero domain?

If you are eligible for a .aero domain name (i.e. are a member of the aviation community), you may register names through any .aero registrar. You can link with a number of registrar websites by clicking on the Registration icon at the top of this web page and then select ".aero registrars".

Before you proceed to registrars, you should receive your .aero ID from SITA. Please click here to request your .aero ID.

How do I prove I am an eligible member of the aviation community?

There are different types of proof required according to which aviation sector you belong. Examples of proof required might be an Airline Operating Certificate or a pilot's licence. You can check yourself which proof you need by going to the "Eligibilty and name format" page here. Once your eligibilty is established, you may be issued with an ID to register your names.

 

How can I check if the domain name I would like is available?

Simply go to the "Check names" box and type in the name you are interested in, followed by ".aero".

 

Renewals

How do I find out when my domain name expires?

To find an expiration date recorded by the registry, simply type the domain name you are looking for in the "Check names" box. You will see the expiration date of your domain in the .Expiration Date. field.

ATTENTION! This information is based solely on information submitted by the domain registrar and as such is not a confirmation that your payment was received by the registrar. For example, if your domain recently expired, the registrar may have automatically extended its expiration period by one year while waiting for your payment. If this is not received on time, the domain registration may be cancelled.

 

What happens when my domain name expires?

When your domain expires, the registrars or the registry have the right to DELETE your domain name at any time. To minimize the inconvenience, associated with a loss of domain name, SITA provides registrars with an extended period of time, to resolve any outstanding cases. When a domain name expires, your registrar has 45 days, in which he must delete all those names he does not wish to renew. Your registrar will most likely require that you settle any payment for renewals, well before this extended period. We suggest you contact your registrar immediately, if your name has been deleted.

How do I renew my domain name?

Contact your registrar directly and request renewal of your domain name. All registrars are listed on our web site here. If you cannot remember who is the registrar of your domain name, simply type the domain name you are looking for in the "Check names" box. Then click on the link in the .Sponsoring Registrar. field.

My domain name registration is not yet expired. If I wish to renew it now, will my remaining registration term be lost?

No, you can renew your domain name at any time and no registration years are lost with this process. Any additional registration years are added to the existing registration for up to 10 years.

 

I have requested my registrar to renew my domain name. How can I confirm this request was completed?

When registry accepts the request from the registrar, the expiration date is updated in the Who-is database. Simply type the domain name you are looking for in the "Check names" box. Once your registrar has completed the request, you will see the new expiration date in the .Expiration Date. field.

 

Once an expired domain name has been renewed, how long does it take for the domain to function again?

If your domain name was active, then there is no change. If your domain name was on hold because of non-payment, then the domain will begin working within 48 hours of its renewal. This assumes, of course, that the domain's DNS and hosts are still in place.

 

What is the cost for a domain renewal?

.aero domain renewal rates are the same as the current new domain registration fees. Please address to your Registrar for further details.

 

What happens if I did not take any renewal action during the 45 days grace period?

Your registrar may delete the domain name registration to avoid renewal charges from the registry. If your domain name is deleted, you will cease to be the holder of the domain name license. We suggest you contact your registrar immediately, if your name has been deleted.

 

What are the consequences when a domain name is deleted and re-registered?

Once deleted, the domain name becomes available to all eligible registrants, as specified by the current Domain Management Policy. If a domain is deleted and re-registered by a third party, the original registrant's web, e-mail and other Internet services will, in the best circumstances, simply stop working.

 

What are the minimum and maximum renewal periods?

Renewals can be made for one-year periods up to ten years in advance.

 

Will I receive a reminder when my domain is about to expire?

Renewal is your responsibility, but the registrar makes the best effort to contact you. You should always keep your contact information up to date.

 

My domain stopped working, what should I do?

Assuming your DNS and hosts are configured correctly, check the status of your domain name by typing it in the "Check names" box:

 

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If your domain name is there, but is put on hold, this means that your registrar is awaiting a payment from you and you need to contact the registrar.

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Transfers

Can I transfer my domain name to another registrant?

According to Domain Management Policy, Domain ownership transfers are allowed.  In this case the registrant of the domain name simply requests this transfer from their registrar.

 

What is "domain name hijacking"?

.Domain hijacking refers to the wrongful taking of control of a domain name from the rightful name holder. It can have a lasting and material impact on a registrant.

The registrant may lose an established online identity and be exposed to extortion by name speculators. Domain hijacking can disrupt or severely impact the business and operations of a registrant.. The above definition appears in a report .Domain Name Hijacking: Incidents, threats, risks, and remedial actions., published recently by the Internet.s  Regulating body . ICANN. Examples of .domain hijacking. are: unauthorized modification of a registrant.s information (for example DNS) and unauthorized transfer of a domain registration. Domain hijacking often affects more parties than the rightful name holder: customers, business partners, consumer of services provided by the name holder and even parties wholly unrelated to the name holder are often .collateral damage. to hijacking incidents.

 

 

Why does domain hijacking happen and what can be done about it?

As stated in the ICANN Domain Name Hijacking Report, domain name hijacking incidents are commonly the result of flaws in registration and related processes, failure to comply with the transfer policy, and poor administration of domain names by registrars, resellers and registrants. While many recommendations contained in this report were implemented in .aero since its inception and we are not aware of any hijacking in the .aero domain, the risk of hijacking always remains and there are steps each registrant can take to minimise the risk.

 

What safety steps can you take to protect your domain names from hijacking?

1. Choose your registrar well . choosing the right registrar may be the most important factor in getting the service you require. While all registrars are bound by the same basic rules, the level of service, availability of customer support, opening hours, and pricing differ. You should always consider all your needs, including those concerning the security of your name when choosing your Registrar;

2. Keep your domain name registration records always accurate and current and your secret registrant account information, such as user ID and password, private and secure;

3. Enquire from your registrar if they can provide you with 24x7 emergency contact information and make sure you keep it up-to-date and accurate;

4. Ask your Registrar to provide you with your AuthInfo . each registered domain name in the system is associated with a unique secret string, called .AuthInfo.. Without having this information, you will not for example be able to transfer domain name from one registrar to another; Consider asking your registrar to .lock. your domain - any .aero domain can have one or several status flags. You have the option to request from your Registrar the usage of .aero transfer-prohibited, lock and hold flags Associated with your name. The status flags available to registrars are as follows:

- transfer-prohibited (if set, transfers of the domain to another registrar are automatically rejected)

- lock (if set, no modification or deletion of the domain is allowed)

- hold (if set, the domain is not published in the zone)

The above flags can be combined. For instance, a domain can have the status "transfer-prohibited, lock". This means that the domain cannot be modified, deleted, nor transferred, however, it does not include transfer-prohibited. To prevent a transfer of your domain between registrars, transfer-prohibited flag should be set explicitly;

 

5. Routinely check the Who-is service link and domain name information to ensure the status of your domain name and that no unauthorized changes have been made to your contact information. You can do this simply by typing your .aero domain name in the Check Names box on this web site;

If you have spotted any unauthorized change or modification of your domain, make sure you notify with no delay your registrar.

 

General

 

Why is .aero more expensive than a domain name such as .com?

SITA is required by both ICANN and the aviation community to maintain the integrity of .aero in order to ensure that it is a trusted domain to do business.

Unlike very generic Top Level Domain Names, the integrity of .aero is maintained through verification of all registrants who submit a .aero name request to a registrar. SITA verifies each potential .aero registrant and ensures that they are a valid member of the aviation community, before issuing them an aviation community membership ID. This verification significantly decreases the volume of speculative registrations and cybersquatting, but generates a cost. Although it has an impact on the price of a .aero domain name, it is thanks to this process that .aero benefits from the support of aviation industry associations and their members.

Other specialized Top Level Domains such as .coop and .museum, operating under a contract similar to the one for .aero, have similar or even higher pricing.

What is the minimum contract for a .aero name?

The minimum contract is for 2 years.

Why is my contact information publicly available on Internet?

SITA is required by ICANN, the Internet regulating body, to provide public access to the Who-is database. This database contains up to date information concerning registered domain names and contact details of their owners. Domain registration agreement requires all registrants to acknowledge that information provided during the registration process will be publicly available as required by ICANN. When you registered a domain name, your contact details were automatically included in the Who-is database and as such, are publicly available.

However, it is our policy not to publish information concerning the issue of Aviation Community Membership IDs or any other personal information, which is beyond the scope required by ICANN.

How to change my contact details?

All domain names are registered by authorised Registrars. In order to change your contact details you will need to contact the Registrar with whom you registered your domain name.

If you are not sure who is your Registrar, simply type in your domain name in the Check names box, and consult the information that the "whois" functionality provides to you on the line concerning your "Sponsoring Registrar", in order to find the contact details.

To change contact details, associated with your .aero ID, click here.

Can I change my registrar and how?

Yes. Your registrar will provide you with the details of the change procedure that they require. There may be a cost associated with the transfer. Any transfer will result in one-year extension of the current .aero name registration period.

Who can change my DNS information?

Registrars execute changes to your DNS information. The change procedure varies according to registrar. Please refer to your registrar's web site for further details or contact them directly.

Will my .aero websites or addresses be able to co-exist with my current .com extension?

Yes. This is a matter of asking your domain administrator to configure your DNS as you require. Your administrator will be able to ensure, for example, that your desired website is displayed when using your .aero address. Otherwise, you can ask your registrar to do this change for you.

 

Further questions about .aero?

Does your .aero domain expire soon? For any questions related to renewals, click the Renewal FAQs on this page or simply click here.

Should you have any further questions about .aero, we invite you to use the Contact us icon at the top of this page.

Do the registrars operate through SITA?

No, SITA is the official sponsor of .aero and, as such, cannot process applications for .aero names. This is done by independent registrars - accredited by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and authorized by SITA.

 

What is .aero?

.aero is the very first industry-specific Internet domain name, launched on 18th March, 2002. It is a new Top Level Domain Name (TLD) on the Internet, similar to ".com", ".net", and ".org", with the added advantage of being reserved exclusively for the aviation community.

What is it used for?

At the most basic level, the .aero domain name enables organizations and individuals to use their own .aero web and email addresses. More importantly, however, it gives aviation and related industries the means to strengthen their overall Internet presence. By drawing Internet attention to the aviation world as a whole, it generates an identity that consumers can recognize as "the place to go for information about all aviation-related services".

Some live examples are: www.las.aero, which ensures visibility to Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport and provides information to its customers. This is quite different from www.las.com, which represents a poster shop, not a major international airport; and www.sata.aero, which helps SATA, the Subsonic Aerodynamic Testing Association, stand out as a worldwide organization for operators of low speed aerodynamic testing facilities--quite different from www.sata.com, which represents the paint industry. To find more examples, click here to look at the .aero case studies on this website.

 

Who is sponsoring .aero?

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has selected SITA as the sponsoring organization of .aero. SITA is the provider of global information and telecommunication solutions for both the air transport and related industries. SITA, is committed to managing the .aero top level domain for the benefit of the aviation community and on a not-for-profit basis.

 

Why is SITA committed to managing .aero?

The question is actually broader and has to do with a role that has been playing since its foundation in 1949, i.e. that of creating global standards and shared communication structures for the air transport industry. In fact, some of the SITA's first discussions regarding industry standards resulted in the agreement between ICAO, IATA and SITA on the use of agreed standards for message content and protocols, and the implementation of industry codes, identifiers and designators.

 

What is the benefit for a member of the aviation community?

By adopting .aero, you demonstrate your presence as a player in the aviation community. You also raise your visibility in cyberspace as a true member of the aviation community and benefit from adhering to an Internet domain whose integrity is protected. Careful registration policies and qualification processes ensure that .aero names are granted only to those who qualify as genuine members of the aviation community.

 

The structure of .aero domain naming serves to create names that make sense to your customers. It therefore provides value to them by allowing more straightforward access to your websites. For example, the use of short and recognizable airline designator codes, followed by .aero (e.g. ba.aero, nw.aero) allows travellers easy access to the websites of the world's airlines.

 

This naming structure also increases your ability to position your organization through e-marketing, eBusiness, and other industry-related promotional activities. In enables you to protect your brand and promote your brand names over the Internet by registering your company name, brands, airports, trademark, etc.

 

Examples of .aero name structures are:

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www.companyname.aero

www.trademark.aero  

www.locationcode.airport.aero

www.airline2characterIATAdesignator.aero (e.g. cx.aero)

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Lastly, through the use of global standards based on the .aero naming structure, and of Internet technology, the .aero domain opens the door to a vast potential for easier, more efficient and more trusted communication between all members of the aviation community, and between this community and their customers.