Did you know there is a literal, actual, and tangible faa aircraft registration list? It’s true, the FAA does have a registry of every single aircraft that’s currently registered. It contains quite a bit of information: the N-Number, the Manufacturer Name, the Model, the date the certificate was issued as well as the name and address of the owner. To get on this list, you have to be appropriately registered. That’s just one of the kinds of documentation forms that National Aviation Center was built to help with.
Uses of the FAA Aircraft Registration List
You might balk at this, thinking something like: “wait, that kind of seems like a violation of my privacy, no?” A way to look at this form is: it helps keep aircraft owners honest, serving as a resource for buyers, researchers, and others. For example, if you’ve ever bought a used aircraft before, then you know that it can be a bit of a challenge to get all of the necessary information in a way that you can trust. Sure, you want to be able to trust the person selling you the aircraft, but that might not be necessarily wise.
A Record of the Truth
You can use this list to determine how trustworthy the person selling the aircraft to you is, in part. If they tell you something about the aircraft (perhaps the manufacturer, or how long it’s been registered) you can go to this list and definitively know the truth. This, in isolation, may not be enough to let you know if buying this aircraft is a good idea. But, it’s certainly better than nothing, and it’s one more piece of useful information. After all, with as much time and money that you’re putting into your aircraft, you need to be able to cover as many bases as possible, so to speak.
Many of our aircraft owners think something like: “well, I got my registration, so I’m on the list. As long as I keep renewing, I’ll stay there for good, even if something happens to my physical copy of the registration.” That’s actually not true. You need to have an original copy given by the FAA. This isn’t the kind of thing you can just take a picture of on your phone or something. If your original has been lost or otherwise damaged, we can send you a replacement so that you’re always in compliance.
Mortgages and All of the Other Forms
It’s one thing to get onto the registration list, it’s something else entirely to stay there. We have all of the forms that you might need during your time on the list, during your time with your aircraft. Should you decide to get an aircraft mortgage, change your address, or any number of other choices, you can find the corresponding files as well as an easier way to fill them out and send them in at National Aviation Center. For more, call us at (800) 357-0893.