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AOPA has "concerns" about the FAA notice, based on an initial reading, spokesman Chris Dancy told AVweb yesterday. "AOPA has already pressed the FAA on one issue -- aircraft renters," Dancy said. "Would they be denied access to the NAS because the owner of the aircraft they've paid to rent has failed to comply with registration requirements? AOPA absolutely opposes anything that would impede a renter's ability to fly." Dancy added that the FAA has assured AOPA that renters would not be denied access to the NAS or face any enforcement action, although their departure on a flight in a rented aircraft could be delayed as the issue is sorted out. "While we're pleased with the assurances we've received so far from the FAA, we will continue to watch and to make sure that renters are not caught in an unexpected trap," he said. He also said the FAA has indicated that if owners do not comply with current registration requirements, the agency may consider requiring re-registration every three years. "They tried that in the 1990s," Dancy said. "AOPA fought it then." Owners and operators can check the FAA database online to see what information is on file regarding their aircraft.Fired Air Traffic Controllers Back To Work...