December 28, 2011
By Jim Moore
Miss this deadline and your aircraft will be grounded.
The FAA requires all aircraft registered prior to Oct. 1, 2010, to re-register, and online applications from owners of aircraft registered in July of any year are being accepted through Jan. 31. Owners of aircraft with July registration should have received a letter from the FAA with a code to be used when re-registering online.
Owners who miss the deadline must register by mail using form 8050-1a. For aircraft registered in June of any month, the online re-registration period ended Oct. 31, and those aircraft are grounded after Dec. 31 until the new registration arrives by mail. Aircraft registered in August of any year should be receiving their notice from the FAA in the mail and can utilize the code it contains to re-register online through April 30, 2012.
Expert advice is available from AOPA’s Pilot Information Center, 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672), Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern. AOPA Aircraft Title Services, provided by AIC Title Service, LLC, offers a streamlined online application.
Search your N number to find out if the address information the FAA has is correct.
AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot who enjoys competition aerobatics.
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