With the registry closed, the delivery and financing of aircraft has suddenly stopped.
During the last shutdown in 2013, the aircraft registry was closed, a move that had a "profound impact on our manufacturers and workforce" and "disrupted hundreds of aircraft transactions valued at over $1.9 billion," according to the letter.
The letter was signed by AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker, along with National Business Aviation Association President Ed Bolen, Experimental Aircraft Association CEO and Chairman Jack Pelton, General Aviation Manufacturers Association President and CEO Pete Bunce, Helicopter Association International President Matthew Zuccaro, and National Air Transportation Association President Martin Hiller.
"For as long as the shutdown lasts, AOPA will work to minimize the effect on pilots, and we urge the FAA to immediately reopen the aircraft registry and Congress to pass legislation to reopen the government," Baker said.
During the 2013 shutdown, GA groups and numerous elected officials also asked the FAA to reopen the aircraft registry. Five senators signed an October 2013 letter that pointed out the registry had remained open in previous shutdowns and raised issues relating to safety, international obligations, and unnecessary economic hardship.