Re-Registration Deadline Looms
The first wave of aircraft registrations set to expire under the FAA's new re-registration drive are reaching their deadline -- March 31, 2011 -- and the FAA is encouraging affected owners to re-register online, now. If you own an aircraft, you will have to re-register sometime within the next three years. The first group targeted for the $5 fee and paperwork are those owners holding registration certificates issued in March of any year prior to 2010. Owners have a three month window to file re-registration applications, a timeframe that has shrunk to weeks for the first wave. You should be receiving a reminder from the FAA when your time approaches. The FAA has provided online tools to help you check when your turn will come and to help you through the process. Don't do it too early and don't do it too late.
The notification you should receive from the FAA provides a code for online re-registration. Find the FAA's frequently asked questions page, here. That page offers direct links and descriptions to help you through the process whether you have that code in hand, or not. A broader re-registration page here includes more links for more intricate situations. Otherwise, if you're prepared with your code in hand, and the calendar puts you within your re-registration window, proceed directly to the FAA's re-registration/renewal page. The FAA says it anticipated the increased workload of the re-registration process and applications received within the three-month window should be processed in a timely manner. Applications submitted late will be processed "as soon as possible" but may be completed after the certificate expires. The program exists as an attempt to improve the accuracy of the registry.