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Update Aircraft Registration Information Deadline Is February 1

January 17, 2006 — As EAA reported in early December, the FAA announced on December 9 that it is asking aircraft owners to check their registration records online to ensure the accuracy of the information. The FAA and TSA believe that it is in the interests of national security and aviation safety to ensure that only properly registered aircraft operate within the National Airspace System (NAS). The vast majority of aircraft owners are up-to-date, but aircraft owners whose aircraft registration information may be inaccurate have until February 1 to correct it or face FAA action.

To view your information, do the following:

  1. Go to the aircraft N-number search page and enter your N-number (without the "N") in the search block. When the information appears, first look at the second section containing "Registered Owner" information to ensure all information is correct. If you need to make a correction, go here and follow the change-of-address procedures. Also inspect the "Aircraft Description" information. Look for the "Status" in the right column. If it says, "Valid," then your records are ok-the information was verified within the last three years. If the entry says "in question" or "Undel Tri*" then you need to call the FAA registry office to determine what you need to do. Call 866-762-9434 or visit this website to take care of it.
  2. Next, visit the aircraft "at risk" website and enter your N-number. In most cases, the response will be "Nxxxx is not Found," which means everything is up to date, you're good to go. If, however, your aircraft information appears, that means your mailing information is incorrect. See the above example for how to correct it. An aircraft owner should do both search methods. We've heard of examples where an aircraft does not show up on the "at risk" page, but appears on the normal registry page (status line) as either "in question" or "undel tri" and both could trigger an FAA action. * Note: "Undel Tri" means - every three years (triennial period). The FAA mails notices to registered aircraft owners every three years to either update their information or to confirm what is posted to the registry. Those cards returned to FAA as "undeliverable" have the "undel tri" entry - which means this file is also "at risk."
  3. The December 9 FAA notice also mentions "and/or no TSA required security measures/waivers..." To find this, visit TSA's general aviation web page. At the bottom is a series of TSA waiver forms - if you have needed to apply for any of those waivers, then you are also good, as the waiver request form will have your current aircraft information.
  4. And finally, per FAR 103.7(c) ultralights do not have to be registered, so this notice does not apply to them.

If a person does the checks and finds nothing wrong, then no further action is required by that owner. Operators of identified aircraft with questionable registrations and/or no TSA required security measures/waivers will be (1) Notified of the deficiency, (2) a pilot deviation will be filed on the operator, and (3) operator may be denied access to the NAS.

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