Maintaining your aircraft registration is important. It allows you to fly your aircraft. It means you don’t have to worry about whether or not your aircraft is legal. Of course, things happen. We all get very busy in our day to day lives. Maybe you don’t have as much time to devote to your aircraft as you used to, or perhaps the paperwork was sent to the wrong address — as we mentioned, things happen. In this blog, we’ll go over the process for aircraft reinstatement. First, we’ll go over the last few steps of what happens before your registration expires. Then, we’ll go into how you can re-register (for lack of a better word) through our site.
Avoiding the Need for Aircraft Reinstatement
The Registry sends documentation six months before expiration as well as two months before registration. If you haven’t renewed your registration by the date, then your aircraft registration has expired. This may feel like the kind of thing that you might be able to “blow off” or not worry about. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. When your registration has expired, your aircraft is “without the authority to operate.” That means that you can’t fly it legally. You have to go about the process of being reinstated.
Don’t Wait too Long to Reinstate
No one wants to have to deal with aviation documentation. It’s unwieldy and annoying at best. At worst, it’s genuinely difficult to figure out. Indeed, that’s why we started our company: so that there was a simpler way to deal with aircraft documentation. For many people, if you miss the deadline of aircraft renewal, you may want to take your time to reinstate your registration. Don’t wait too long. After your registration isn’t renewed, the cancellation of the N-number clock starts ticking. You only have 90 days from the expiration of your registration till that starts. To put that in perspective, it’s just about three months. The sooner you go about reinstatement, the less you’ll have to worry about that.
How Reinstatement Works
The first thing to keep in mind about reinstatement is that it’s not “renewal.” By the time you need to be reinstated, the renewal process is over. It’s basically like filing for your initial registration all over again, with some slight differences. Indeed, unless it’s already on file at the Registry, you will have to show evidence of ownership yet again. This may sound unduly harsh, but it’s just part of the process. Reinstatement doesn’t have to be as difficult as the process sounds. Indeed, we endeavor to make it easy for our customers who have to go through it.
Reinstating Your Aircraft with us
You’ll notice on our site that we don’t use the word “reinstatement.” Instead, we have it listed as “re-registration.” These terms are synonymous on our site. We’ll be able to help you get your registration back on your aircraft. If you click on “re-registration,” (either on the left part of our site or in the middle) you’ll find our page. We’ve laid out everything that you need to know and fill out, all in one easy to read area.
Attention to detail is particularly important with all of these forms. That’s why we mention at the very top about how any dishonest or false answer can lead to penalties. If you’re someone who has moved around a bit, or if you did miss the Registry’s forms saying when your registration came up for renewal, be sure to fill out the mailing address area with your new address. This will be the address through which your next renewal forms will be sent to.
That being said, you don’t have to be too worried about filling out the forms correctly. If you filled out aviation documentation by hand, then you may remember how precisely correct your forms had to be. You couldn’t fill them out with even a slight mistake or they would be sent back to you. We found this frustrating, so we wanted to offer aviators a better way. So, when you fill out forms at our site, they’ll be looked over by professional document processors. They’ll go over each of your forms to make sure they’re correct. If there are any errors, they’ll be fixed before they’re sent in.
That way, you won’t have to worry about having your forms sent back to you. When your aircraft registration has expired, it can be a powerless feeling. No pilot wants their plane to be grounded. Reinstatement can be a great way to get back up in the air again. Of course, you didn’t become a pilot so that you could fill out paperwork. Go to our site, click through the necessary forms, and let us worry about the documentation. All you have to do is click on our site here or give us a call at (800) 357-0893.