Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Registry Agreements
(11 June 2009)
Part 1. Sponsored TLD Charter
Part 2. Delegated Authority
Part 3. Description of Sponsored TLD Community
Part 4. Selection of Registrars
Part 5. Public Whois
Part 6. Additional Provisions
Part 1 – Sponsored TLD Charter
The .aero TLD is intended to serve the global aviation community. In accordance with its Articles of Association, the Sponsor will manage the .aero TLD pursuant to the provisions of this charter ("Charter") and in the interests of the global aviation community. Sponsor will be responsible for establishing registration requirements for the .aero TLD consistent with this Charter.
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.
The Sponsor, with the advice of relevant government and industry representative bodies, may establish stricter requirements for registrants according to the delegation of authority described in Part 2 of this Appendix.
Without being exhaustive, Sponsor's policies may permit registrations within the global aviation community by the following:
- aerospace industry
- airport authorities and airport / aerodrome operators
- air freight industry
- air logistics companies
- air traffic service providers
- air crews
- air crew and air transport unions
- aviation clubs (aero clubs) and their members
- aviation consultants
- aviation education and information providers
- aviation industry associations and other representative bodies
- aviation insurance associations
- aviation law associations
- aviation media
- aviation suppliers and service providers
- charter and private aircraft operators
- civil aviation authorities
- computer reservations systems
- general aviation
- global distribution systems
- government agencies responsible for providing aviation, facilitation and meteorological services
- ground handling operators
- licensed aircraft maintenance and engineering professionals
The Sponsor may extend the bulleted list above if petitioned to do so by a recognised organization within the global aviation community, provided that any such extension is (1) in accordance with the global aviation community's perceptions about the prevailing scope of the community, and (2) is restricted to people, entities, and government agencies which (a) provide for and support efficient, safe, and secure transport of people and cargo by air, and (b) facilitate or perform the necessary transactions to transport people and cargo by air.
Part 2 – Delegated Authority
The following areas of responsibility for development of policies for the Sponsored TLD are delegated to the Sponsor, provided the other provisions of the Agreement and its Appendices are followed:
1. Establishment of naming conventions to be used in the Sponsored TLD.
2. Restrictions on what types of people or entities may register Registered Names (which need not be uniform for all names within the Sponsored TLD), provided the scope of the Charter (Part 1) is not exceeded.
3. Restrictions on how Registered Names may be used (which need not be uniform for all names within the Sponsored TLD), provided the scope of the Charter (Part 1) is not exceeded.
4. Performance of Eligibility and Name-Selection Services (ENS Services), either directly by the Sponsor or by one or more organizations or individuals to which it delegates the responsibility for performing ENS Services, provided that (1) revenues received in connection with ENS Services are used solely to defray the cost of providing ENS Services or otherwise sponsoring the Sponsored TLD, with allowance for accumulation of reasonable operating reserves, or (2) ENS Services are outsourced on a competitive basis.
5. Mechanisms for enforcement of the policies in items 1, 2 and 3, including procedures for cancellation of registrations. See also Subsection 3.1(d)(i)(B).
6. Mechanisms for resolution of disputes between owners of rights in names (such as trademarks) and registrants that do not supplant ICANN's dispute-resolution policies or remedies that may be available under law.
7. Selection of the Registry Operator.
8. Functional and performance specifications for, and pricing of, Registry Services providing the minimum requirements specified in Attachment 7 are met.
9. Matters concerning the operation of the registry for the Sponsored TLD.
10. Selection of ICANN-Accredited Registrars to act as registrars for the Sponsored TLD [see Subsection 7.1(a)], consistent with Appendix S, Part 4.
11. Terms of agreement to be offered by the Registry Operator to ICANN-Accredited Registrars selected by Sponsor, including provisions for fair treatment by the Registry Operator of those registrars. To ensure that all revenues received by the Registry Operator are used solely for the benefit of the community, the Sponsor has the obligation to review and authorize, in a manner consistent with Section 3.1(g), the prices charged by the Registry Operator.
12. Practices and performance of ICANN-Accredited Registrars selected by Sponsor with respect to Registered Names and their registration.
13. Terms of agreement between Sponsor and registrants and registrars and registrants under which Registered Names are registered.
14. Uses and practices by registrants with respect to Registered Names.
15. Provisions for publication of registry and registrar data consistent with the Sponsorship Agreement and Registrar Accreditation Agreements.
16. Terms of agreement between or among Sponsor, Registry Operator, registrars, other relevant entities and registrants necessary to give effect to the above.
Part 3 – Description of Sponsored TLD Community
The .aero TLD is intended to serve the needs of the global aviation community (the "Community"), which includes those 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.
The Sponsor may extend the description of the Community consistent with the Agreement and the .aero Charter.
Part 4 – Selection of Registrars
This Appendix specifies the criteria for Sponsor's selection of ICANN-Accredited Registrars wishing to enter into an Authorizing Agreement to register domain names in the Sponsored TLD.
Sponsor will select from among ICANN-Accredited Registrars in a manner that promotes the following characteristics in the group of authorized ICANN-Accredited Registrars:
1. Recognition of the specific aspects of the aviation community, that will be supported by the .aero TLD and a willingness to participate in it in that spirit;
2. Thorough understanding of the principles and intentions underlying .aero TLD policies, especially as manifested in the domain name management policy and ability to provide Eligibility and Name-Selection Services (ENS Services);
3. Dedicated willingness and ability to propagate and enforce these policies in an observant and diligent manner and in accordance with policies and procedures prescribed by the Sponsor;
4. Familiarity with the needs of the aviation community and established modes for reflecting these needs in the ENS Services processes;
5. Broad geographic distribution and language diversity of registrars;
6. Established collaborative contact with one or several associations representing the aviation community in the language and geographical region or sector served by the registrar; and
7. Dedicated willingness and ability to act together with the aviation community associations referred to above, in the processing of registration requests.
Sponsor will periodically review and as appropriate revise its selection of registrars.
Part 5 – Public Whois [moved to Appendix 5]