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FAA Proposes $130 Recurring Aircraft Registration Fee
As written, this NPRM would generate $31,000,000 every three years for
the FAA, and you'd be paying it out:
Aircraft registration proposal* hints at cost-based user fees
By AOPA ePublishing staff
In an effort to bring the U.S. aircraft registry up to date, the
FAA is proposing a three-year aircraft “re-registration”
requirement that would replace the current triennial registration
report. Seems harmless at the surface. But AOPA has found that the
proposal includes a discussion about the FAA’s ill-fated user fee
proposal and the potential for large increases in the registration
Right now, the one-time aircraft registration fee is $5. While the
re-registration proposal applies the $5 fee to its recurrent
renewal, the agency has made it clear that it wants to increase
the fee. That could be a $130 initial registration fee and a $130
renewal fee every three years.
“While the FAA wants to bring the aircraft registry up to date for
a number of reasons, including some security related, the move
shouldn’t be linked to a dramatic increase in registration fees or
the implementation of user fees,” said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive
vice president of government affairs. “Aircraft owners also
shouldn’t be expected to bear the burden of immediately correcting
a system that has deteriorated over time.”
Aircraft re-registration hasn’t been required for three decades.
From 1970 to 1978, the FAA had an annual aircraft re-registration
cycle. Because the registry was up to date at the end of that
period, the FAA lifted the mandate and a few years later adopted
the triennial report. However, poor triennial completion rates
have caused the registry to languish. Now, nearly one third of the
343,000 U.S. aircraft registrations are possibly invalid.
How would it be implemented?
If the proposal became a rule as is, and you purchased a Cessna
172 after it ...
Possible penalty for failing to comply
According to the proposal, pilots flying an aircraft with expired
registration could be denied access to the National Airspace
System, under the FAA Strategic Operations Security program.
“An aircraft seeking to operated in U.S. airspace will have its
identification checked. If the information found is sufficiently
inconsistent with the profile of a properly registered aircraft, a
pilot deviation will be filed on the operator, and the operator
may be denied access to the national airspace,” according to the
The FAA is seeking comments on its proposal by May 28. AOPA will
continue to sort through the proposed rule and will solicit member
input in the coming months. Right now, members should also take a
look at the proposal and think about how it could affect their
current or future aircraft ownership plans.
The FAA invites interested persons to participate in this rulemaking
by submitting written comments, data, or views. We also invite
comments relating to the economic, environmental, energy, or
federalism impacts that might result from adopting the proposals in
this document. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion
of the proposal, explain the reason for any recommended change, and
include supporting data.
Submit your comments on this NPRM he
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Aviation Administration
14 CFR Part 47
[Docket No. FAA–2008–0188; Notice No. 08–02]
Re-Registration and Renewal of Aircraft Registration
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).
SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to amend requirements concerning the
registration of aircraft. This proposal is based on the
need to increase and maintain the accuracy of aircraft registration
information in the Civil Aviation Registry. The proposed procedures
would ensure aircraft owners periodically provide information
regarding changes in registration. These amendments would respond to
the concerns of law enforcement and other government agencies and
would provide more accurate, up-to-date aircraft registration
information to all users of the Civil Aviation Registry database.
DATES: Send your comments on or before May 28, 2008. Send your
comments on the proposed information collection requirements on or
before May 28, 2008.
ADDRESSES: You may send comments identified by Docket Number FAA–
2008–0188 using any of the following methods:
• Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and
follow the online instructions for sending your
• Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations, M–30, U.S. Department of
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W12–140, West
Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590–0001.
• Hand Delivery or Courier: Bring comments to Docket Operations Room
W12–140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey
Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through
Friday, except Federal holidays.
• Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at 202–493–2251.
For more information on the rulemaking process, see the
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document....
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