The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finalized its recurrent registration rule today, July 19, 2010. The rule requires re-registration of all civil aircraft over the next three years and renewal every three years after that.
The FAA specified a schedule in the rule that establishes specific expiration dates over a three-year period for all aircraft registered before Oct. 1, 2010. For aircraft registration certificates issued on or after Oct. 1, 2010, the FAA decided to allow those certificates to be good for three years with the expiration date clearly shown.
The intent of the new rules, FAA Adminstrator Randy Babbitt asserted was to give the FAA “more up-to-date registration data and better information about the state of the aviation industry.”
Current regulations do not have an expiration date, and only require owners to update their registration information to report the sale of an aircraft, the scrapping or destruction of an aircraft, or a change in mailing address. The result has been that many owners do not comply with those requirements. Under the new regulations, if an owner does not re-register or renew his/her aircraft, the FAA will cancel the N-numbers of aircraft.
The schedule for re-registration and registration expiration is:
|Certificate issued (Any year)||Certificate expires||Re-registration required|
|March||March 31, 2011||Nov. 1, 2010–Jan. 31, 2011|
|April||June 30, 2011||Feb. 1–April 30, 2011|
|May||Sept. 30, 2011||May 1– July 31, 2011|
|June||Dec. 31, 2011||Aug. 1– Oct. 31, 2011|
|July||March 31, 2012||Nov. 1, 2011–Jan. 31, 2012|
|August||June 30, 2012||Feb. 1– April 30, 2012|
|September||Sept. 30, 2012||May 1– July 31, 2012|
|October||Dec. 31, 2012||Aug. 1– Oct. 31, 2012|
|November||March 31, 2013||Nov. 1, 2012–Jan. 31, 2013|
|December||June 30, 2013||Feb. 1– April 30, 2013|
|January||Sept. 30, 2013||May 1– July 31, 2013|
|February||Dec. 31, 2013||Aug. 1– Oct. 31, 2013|
The final rule can be found at: http://www.ofr.gov/inspection.aspx#regular