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Applying For a Ferry PermitApplying For a Ferry Permit

Applying for a Ferry Permit

A special flight permit, otherwise known as a “ferry” permit, may be issued for an aircraft that might not currently meet applicable airworthiness requirements, but is capable of safe flight. A special airworthiness permit is required to fly an aircraft that is “out of annual,” even if it’s only one day. A ferry permit is applied for using a standard Application for Airworthiness Certificate and submitted to a local FSDO offfice in accordance with FAR 21.199 (both linked below).

Purposes for a Special Flight Permit

Aircraft owners may apply for a special flight permit for the following purposes:

  • Flying aircraft to a point for repairs, alterations, maintenance, or storage.
  • Delivering new aircraft to the base of a purchaser or to a storage point.
  • Conducting production flight tests.
  • Evacuating an aircraft from impending danger.
  • Conducting customer demonstration flights in new production aircraft that have passed or completed production flight tests.
  • Excess weight operations.

The special flight permit does not authorize flight over a country other than the United States without permission of that country.

Resources, Additional Help

And, of course, you can always call AOPA – 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) – for help or advice with any aeronautical problem.


Updated Monday, March 2, 2009