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).
Aircraft owners may apply for a special flight permit for the following purposes:
The special flight permit does not authorize flight over a country other than the United States without permission of that country.
And, of course, you can always call AOPA – 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) – for help or advice with any aeronautical problem.