May 10, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
The FAA requires all aircraft registered prior to Oct. 1, 2010, to re-register, and online applications from owners of aircraft registered in September of any year are being accepted through July 31. Owners of aircraft with September 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 August of any year, the online re-registration period ended April 30, and those aircraft will be grounded after June 30 until the new registration arrives by mail. Owners of those aircraft who missed the online window must use Form 8050-1a to re-register their aircraft. The FAA is now mailing notices for aircraft registered in October of any year; owners can utilize the code it contains to re-register online from Aug. 1 through Oct. 31, 2012.
With FAA statistics indicating the possibility of a sizeable increase in lapsed aircraft registrations as of June 30, 2012, pilots are urged to review this chart for their re-registration schedules, and allow sufficient time for their applications to be processed.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
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