Anyone who has owned an airplane here in the United States knows that it’s important to register the aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration’s civil aircraft register. This will not only help keep track of the airplane while it flies across the country, but it will also serve as proof of ownership for yourself.
Civil Aircraft Register
In order to keep track of the non-commercial aircraft flying in the United States airspace, the Federal Aviation Administration maintains the civil aircraft registry. This is a database that holds the information of civilian-owned aircraft for administrative purposes. The N-number assigned to a particular aircraft will, in the registry, hold all the information about the airplane across different owners and registration periods. Not only does this make it easy for owners to consult information related to a specific aircraft, but it also allows the Federal Aviation Administration to maintain consistent records for particular airplanes in spite of changes in ownership.
Joining the Aircraft Registry
When it comes to making sure that your aircraft is registered with the Federal Aviation Administration’s civil registry, you need to submit the corresponding form to them. This process, which is fairly similar to that which you have to go through in order to register your car at the DMV, will center around submitting specific forms and documentation to the FAA. You will have to fill out the form for initial registration and submit it with the corresponding proof of ownership. This process will grant you the certificate that makes it official that you’ve properly registered your aircraft, serving as proof going forward as long as you keep your official certificate on board at all times.
Consult the Database
So, do you need some quick information about the aircraft without having to officially request it? Well, in that case, you will want to use the N number search on the Federal Aviation Administration’s website. While this will by no means give you everything there is to know about the aircraft in question, it will still give you some important basic information about it. If you want something more thorough than what this quick search will yield, you will want to request an abstract. This can come in useful in a variety of different situations, such as cross-checking information about the aircraft during a purchase, verifying any claims or mortgages associated with it, or simply learning about previous owners’ standing.
Submit Forms to the Federal Aviation Administration
If you are registering an airplane or consulting the information related to one, you are going to need to submit some forms. You could do this through the Federal Aviation Administration, but you can also avoid the bureaucracy and complications of this by trusting our platform here at the National Aviation Administration. Here, you will find the forms related to the civil aircraft register. And, should you need some additional help with submitting your form, don’t hesitate to use our website chat, fill out our contact form, or give us a call at 1-800-357-0893 and we’ll answer your questions in no time.