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Dos and Don’ts for FAA Airplane Registration

By October 31, 2018 December 3rd, 2018 No Comments

Purchasing an aircraft is not enough to fly your airplane in the U.S. airspace. You have to undergo the complicated process of airplane registration under the FAA. There are lots of rules and regulations the aircraft owners have to abide by in order to get the aircraft registered properly and have the permission to use the U.S. airspace.

While undergoing the process of registration, many owners fall in trouble and end up being stuck. Here, you should take help of the trustees who are experienced and well-acquainted with the rules and regulations of the FAA.

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Here are some Dos and Don’ts which are helpful for you to process the aircraft registration under the FAA.

The Dos

  • If one aircraft registration application is submitted being consistent to Federal Aviation Regulations 47.31, you need to carry a second copy of the application as temporary authority to operate. This will be valid for maximum 90 days within the United States. It is like the ‘pink slip’ of the carbon paper application. The printed duplicates of the applications are also acceptable now. No matter what kind of duplicate copy you have, you have to abide by some strict limitations. You will get 90 days until and unless the FAA denies the same earlier.
  • You have to return the ineffective certificate within a certain period of time determined by the FAR. According to FAR 47.41, the certificate of registration should be returned to the Registry within a limited time in case of aircraft registration in a foreign country. The certificate stated as invalid should be returned immediately.
  • You have to notify the aircraft registry in written format if any change is there to the owner’s mail address. The tenure is maximum 30 days.

The Don’ts

  • Never try to operate an aircraft with an invalid registration. These cases include the transfer of the ownership, 30 days past the death of the owner and the aircraft under the laws of other countries. The consequence can be severe and you may lose your authority to run the airplane in the U.S.
  • Don’t change the registration N-number without a new certificate from the FAA within 10 days of the affixation of the number.

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Following these rules are quite complicated to be done by an owner. Hence, for the hassle-free airplane registration with the FAA, you need to hire a trustee. Here at Aviation Trust Company, we are dealing with such cases for a long time. The experience matters. You can check our client’s feedback to be assured of our reliable service.


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