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FAA Finalizes Recurrent Aircraft Registration Rule

Check the month of issuance to determine your schedule for re-registration.

In about six months, nearly 30,000 aircraft registrations will expire even though they were issued without an expiration date. Over the next three years, all 357,000 aircraft in the U.S. registry must be re-registered according to a schedule published by the FAA. An owner will receive two notices prior to his current registration becoming invalid, provided the FAA has his correct address on file. The date of required re-registration is determined by the month of the year the original registration was issued, and owners are given a specific range of time to apply.Thereafter, owners will need to renew their aircraft registrations every three years.

The final rule, published July 20, 2010, is intended to enable the FAA to update its database of aircraft. According to the FAA,approximately one-third of the 357,000 registered aircraft records it maintains are inaccurate and that many aircraft associated with those records are likely ineligible for United States registration. The FAA expects 30,000 to 100,000 aircraft will be dropped from the registry as a result of the new procedures. The first reminder notice will be sent six months before the registration is scheduled to expire. Failure to comply with the new requirement will result in the eventual loss of your N-number. The first notices will go out October 1, 2010.

The new rule provides for online re-registration and renewal with a $5 fee when no changes are required. In addition the FAA's Civil Aviation Registry website will show the expiration date for each individual aircraft and list those that are pending re-registration. Under the new plan, once the FAA is notified that an aircraft has been sold, the new owner will have six months to re-register before the existing N-number is scheduled for cancellation. To learn more about the re-registration process and determine when your aircraft registration will expire, see this FAA website.

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