Importing a light aircraft from the USA to CANADA is no longer a walk in the park especially since COVID hit town.
As long as you have tons of patience and the money to go along with it then anyone can get it done.
Iíve imported lots of planes from the USA over the years and itís taking longer each year that goes by plus itís getting more expensive.
If there is any chance of getting your plane in CANADA donít even consider importing as itís going to take a long time plus you will pay a premium and probably a substantial one.
The only benefit in buying in the USAÖÖitís a big oneÖ..is choice!
No one is giving RVís away down south and in most cases the sellers are not negotiating plus if they are it may not be a good choice. When you factor in your travel time, hotels, meals etc just to look at aircraft and then more travel time to have it really well inspected prior to purchase itís an expensive lookyloo period. Itís easy enough to get your temporary Canadian registration for your ferry flight but there are many months following to turn that into a C of R. When we bought our RV we looked at 7 aircraft prior to finding our keeper. Pictures may be worth a thousand words but Iíd never buy an aircraft based on pictures, just too much hidden. Remember the 7 planes we looked at were preceded by hundreds of pictures but obviously were not up to expectations when viewed in person. Pretty paint jobs and leather interiors do not make a really well built and maintained aircraft.
Now I actually enjoy the process, always have but itís a lot of work, a lot of money and you have to get it right.
These are not certified aircraft and while kit built to great designs they are all built to different standards, some better than certified, many equal to certified and a fair number mediocre.
Once in Canada after itís registered you have to hire a MDRA inspector which is a private service that coordinates with transport CANADA to insure it meets CofA standards in Canada before you can get a CofA. These fees are not dirt cheap and depending on the condition of the aircraft you may have a list of items required to be completed. Expect to do a new weight and balance, not paper work, reweighing the aircraft.
All in all itís lots of stuff, nothing terribly hard but just a long bloody process and Transport Canada is slow as ****, many months slow. A friend of mine bought an experimental plane and heís into it over a year and still not finished, it wasnít an RV and there were a few issues but everyone is waiting these days.
Whatever you do, do your homework wellÖ.good luck!