FAA Aircraft Registration

Corporate Aircraft Registration-What is It?

By July 12, 2018 September 19th, 2018 No Comments

Owning an aircraft is easy if your wallet permits. But buying an aircraft is not the end of the story; rather this is just the beginning of the workload. In the United States, aircraft registration needs a bulk of paperwork which can be  quite tedious. The FAA holds the authority of registering an aircraft.  Here we will discuss the rules and regulations involved with corporate aircraft registration. The FAA aircraft registration process follows specific guidelines and not following these guidelines can be a barrier to flying your corporate jet.

Registering in the U.S.

The FAA aircraft registration process only takes around six weeks to complete. However, the process was slowed down due to a temporary shutdown of the FAA Aircraft Registry in Oklahoma City because of the federal shutdown in 2013.


There are rules and regulations involved, for example, the owner must be a U.S. citizen or most of the flying activities should take place in the United States. For registering the airplane, the application form or the FAA Form 8050-1 must be sent to the Aircraft Registration Branch. Other conditions include:

  • In a partnership business, all partners must be U.S. citizens.
  • The association must be organized under the United States law.

  • President and two-third of the members of the director’s board must be U.S. citizens.
  • The owner of the corporate aircraft, if it belongs to another country, must be a legal and permanent resident of the U.S.
  • For a non-U.S. corporation, the aircraft must primarily fly in the U.S.

The FAA aircraft registration itself is a tiresome process, which requires a lot of attention A little mistake even unintentionally can make your efforts go to waste. To get the job done efficiently,  contact Aviation Trust to do it on your behalf.


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