AC8050-1 – The One Form You Need to Get Started

Is it time to register your aircraft but you don’t know where to begin? AC8050-1. That’s where it all starts. That’s the number for the “Aircraft Registration Application.” Or, as we call it on our site, “initial registration.” Here at the National Aviation Center, we’ve made it easier to fill out the forms to register your vessel, send them in, and even renew the registration when it’s time. You can save plenty of time and money by using our site (two things that seemingly no aircraft owner ever has enough of). 

AC8050-1 Explained

The AC8050-1 form serves as the initial aircraft registration for your aircraft. With it, your aircraft will be placed on the FAA Registry. Before you fill out this form, it’s important to be sure that you meet the eligibility requirements. The aircraft has to be owned by a citizen of the United States, a resident alien who has alien registration, a corporation using a voting trust, or other, less common examples. You might think it is obvious, but that’s why we put at the top of the page “a false or dishonest answer to any questions in this application may be ground for punishment by fine and/or imprisonment.” We don’t mean to scare you, it’s just important to get this right. 

Why This Form is Important 

Simply put, you need it to be able to legally take your plane up into the sky. You can’t fly legally without this. While registration may feel like a chore to do, it’s absolutely necessary. At the National Aviation Center, we understand that the last thing you want to do is to fill out forms. You did enough of that when you purchased your plane; now you want to get up into the air. For all these reasons and more, we’ve made it easier than ever to make sure your registration is done right. 

Best Way to Fill It Out 

The days of having to fill these out in pen or pencil are gone – now you can do it on our site. We made our site optimized for mobile devices. While that may sound complex, all it means is that you can complete these forms on basically any kind of phone, tablet, or more. To save even more time: if you go through the forms, you’ll find that you only have to fill out the parts with an asterisk. The other blanks you can fill out if you’d like, but you don’t have to.