New FAA Rules Require Re-Registration & Renewal of Aircraft Registrations for U.S. Registered Aircraft

Under recently adopted rules, all current FAA aircraft registrations will expire between March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2013, and each new aircraft registration issued on or after October 1, 2010 will have a term of three years and will include a stated expiration date. Prior to the adoption of these rules, an aircraft registration was effective until the aircraft was either sold, deregistered or otherwise disposed of.

According to the FAA, approximately one-third of the 357,000 registered aircraft have inaccurate records – because of failure to report changes in aircraft ownership, address changes and destruction. This level of inaccuracy raised safety and law enforcement concerns...