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FAA Aircraft Re-Registration Program

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H.G. Frautschy
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#1 Posted: 10/12/2010 16:35:26

As many of you may have read in EAA's E-Hotline, the FAA announced an aircraft re-registration program this past July. You can read the article here . The FAA is doing this in an attempt to create a more accurate database. According to their statistics, up to one-third of the aircraft records currently in their database contain inaccurate information. Over the next 3 years, all aircraft on the FAA Registration list will need to be re-registered, regardless of their airworthiness status.

The FAA notice of "Expiration of Aircraft Registration" forms have started to arrive in mailboxes (a batch of our museum aircraft registrations arrived in today's mail), so to help you navigate the form, we've created this guide. You can also download a copy of the guide by clicking on the attachment link below.

While it's never a good idea to ignore a letter from the FAA, this one in particular requires you to be timely in your response; pay particular attention to the dates highlighted in green and red on our guide!

We're sure there will be plenty of questions related to this topic, so rest assured that we'll monitor this post on a very regular basis, and we'll note any "customer service" oriented trends that should be brought to the attention of the FAA.


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H.G. Frautschy, Executive Director, VAA Editor of Vintage Airplane magazine & Vintage Aircraft Online
Jim Rice
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#2 Posted: 10/12/2010 18:10:08

I received the notice for my Swift a few days ago.  Everything was correct/current so I was able to renew online for $5.00.  It took about five minutes.



Jim Rice Collierville, TN Globe Swift N3368K Piper J-3 Cub N7155H
Adam Smith
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#3 Posted: 10/13/2010 11:47:19

EAA has over 200 aircraft in the Museum... the re-registration forms have been flooding in!

The online process seems to be quite straightforward, 5 to 10 minutes.

There was a rumor that the process was "online only", causing a problem for those without web access... this is incorrect, FAA are encouraging online, but will do this through the mail if someone requests it.

If anyone is having trouble with re-registration, EAA Aviation Information Services will provide assistance, please call 888-322-4636.   I have seen another organization charging $45 to assist... for EAA Members we'll do this for free
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John Craparo
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#4 Posted: 10/18/2010 16:46:33

I have received and completed re-registration for two of my aircraft...  the process took 5 minutes once I figured out the right URL.  The one provided in both letters was not complete, so it took me a few minutes to do a search to find the correct link to the online form.  Here is the correct one:

https://amsrvs.registry.faa.gov/renewregistration/

The letter was missing a prefix:

https://registry.faa.gov/renewregistration/

 

I hope this help make the process quicker : )

 

John

 



John Craparo Georgetown, TX
H.G. Frautschy
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#5 Posted: 10/18/2010 20:18:01

Hi John,

I took another look at the form we received here at EAA (it's the one you see in the example above, I've changed the data to something very fictional; well, except for the airplane type

happy).

The address they give near the bottom of the form works when I type it in:

http://registry.faa.gov/renewregistration 

It does not have an "s" in it to denote a "secure website." After it's been entered, when you hit return it will redirect internally on the FAA website to the sercure website you noted:

https://amsrvs.registry.faa.gov/renewregistration/ 

I'm not web-savvy enough to know why they don't just give you the secure website address right off the bat, but it seems to work fine. I can do it in both Safari and Firefox on the Mac; any possibility it's an issue with your browser?

Hope you're having plenty of fun with that snazzy Ercoupe!



H.G. Frautschy, Executive Director, VAA Editor of Vintage Airplane magazine & Vintage Aircraft Online
John Craparo
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#6 Posted: 10/19/2010 14:32:56

Hi HG,

Thanks for your debugging.  It would be nice if they used the internal address in the letter. It is likely that someone was trying to make it easier to type.

Enjoying my Ercoupe and its new hangar-mate, a 1946 J-3 Cub on straight floats that I picked up last month.  Now I need to get it out to one of our beautiful lakes here in Central Texas.  Yeeha...

All the best,

John

 

 



John Craparo Georgetown, TX
Brett Lovett
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#7 Posted: 10/27/2010 12:05:57

I am dissapointed that EAA and AOPA did not do more to object this change.  The FAA could have easily accomplished all the goals they state they hope to accomplish using re-registration by simply using a system they already had in place, the triennial aircraft reporting system, and requiring it to be returned as stated in FAR 47.51 (c) and (d) (prior to July 20, 2010) in order to keep the registration valid, and NOT stating on the triennial aircraft report itself, "Detach and return only if corrections are made."

Additionally I see now that despite the new certificates being valid for 3 years, we will be re-registering more often than that as the new certificates will expire 3 years from when you submit your application and a certificate is issued, and you are required to submit your application during the "third, fourth, and fifth months before expiration" to be considered "timely".  Additionally the re-registration notices will be sent out approximately 6 months prior with the intent of arriving before the timely application window opens, preventing application immediately upon receipt of the notice.  All of this effectively penalizes those who apply earlier in the "timely" application window.  Waiting until the "timely" application window after receipt of the notice, and waiting until the last month of the "timely" application window in order extend the expiration date on your next registration certificate are both an invitation to forget to re-register in time.




Brett Lovett
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#8 Posted: 10/27/2010 12:49:00

Correction:

I see now that the expiration 3 years from issuance only applies to the initial 3 year registration certificate.  FAR 47.40 (b) Initial Registration. A Certificate of Aircraft Registration issued in accordance with §47.31 expires three years after the last day of the month in which it is issued.  FAR 47.40(c) Renewal, states that "A certificate issued under this paragraph expires three years from the expiration date of the previous certificate."



Brett Lovett
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#9 Posted: 10/27/2010 14:11:34
I also find it interesting that registration certificates will now be treated in a manner similar to the way airworthiness certificates were treated prior to 1956.  For those who don't know, airworthiness certificates expired and had to be applied for annually, contingent upon an annual inspection.  In 1956 this was replaced with an airworthiness certificate that remained valid as long as the aircraft was maintained in accordance with part 43.  

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