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FAA Re-Registrations Moving Right Along

September 29, 2011 – With about a third of the FAA’s civil aviation re-registration process complete, the Civil Aviation Certification Branch reports that things are going better than expected thanks to more aircraft owners performing their re-registrations online rather than through the mail, according Walter Binkley, branch manager.

“It’s been remarkably successful thus far,” he said, noting that more people are re-registering online than had been anticipated, and the work is being done along with the branch’s regular workload. “We’re in pretty good shape.” Online filers can expect a 10-business-day turnaround, he said.

Those owners who choose to use the mail are having their registrations back in five to six weeks, which includes a week’s mailing time each to and from the branch. Actual turnaround once received is about 16 working days. Binkley strongly advised those who can to use the online option on the agency’s registration website.

Multiple aircraft re-registrations now available
Since August 25, 2011, aircraft owners with more than one aircraft to register can now do so with one credit card payment. This was a sought-after ability by the branch from the program’s outset, Binkley said, but only became available when systems were completed to accommodate it last month.

The online re-registration Web page now accepts as many as 25 re-registration actions in one session. This includes accepting payment of the multiple re-registration fees in one online credit card transaction. Only aircraft required to be registered within their designated calendar window can be re-registered in a multiple aircraft online transaction.

Binkley provides the following suggestions to ensure a smooth re-registration process:

  • If your address needs to be updated, do so now before your scheduled re-registration time. (If address is a P.O box, you must also include your physical address). Update your address here.
  • Follow the schedule. Don’t submit your re-registration early or it will be returned. Apply early in the cycle to ensure you have enough time in case you make an error in the application.
  • Fill out the application carefully. If using the mail, look at what is in the system and copy exactly.
  • Sign your application in ink and provide a printed example as well where indicated.
  • If you miss your window, you will be required to re-register using form 8050-1.
  • Don’t forget to include the $5 registration fee.
  • If you have a question, consult the FAQs – it will most likely be answered there. If you have a specific question not included in the FAQs, e-mail it to faa.aircraft.registration@FAA.gov.


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