Thu, Nov 16, 2006
A good pilot is always learning -- how many times have you heard
this old standard throughout your flying career? There is no truer
statement in all of flying (well, with the possible exception of
"there are no old, bold pilots.")
Aero-News has called upon the expertise of Thomas P. Turner,
master CFI and all-around-good-guy, to bring our readers -- and us
-- daily tips to improve our skills as aviators. Some of them, you
may have heard before... but for each of us, there will also be
something we might never have considered before, or something that
didn't "stick" the way it should have the first time we memorized
it for the practical test.
Look for our daily Aero-Tips segments, coming each day to you
through the Aero-News Network.
If you're lucky enough to own an airplane, be sure to keep the
FAA updated with any address changes. Here's why:
Big help... or Big Brother?
- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) uses the aircraft
registration database to distribute safety and maintenance-related
information such as Airworthiness Directives to the registered
owners of aircraft. Aircraft manufacturers use these addresses to
send their own safety notices (for example: Service
- This database also serves when local law enforcement and Flight
Service Stations begin the search for a down or overdue
- Aircraft registrations with incorrect addresses have
continuously drawn the attention of law enforcement agencies. More
recently, aircraft with incorrect registration addresses have
become an important issue to law enforcement and other agencies
dedicated to protecting our country from terrorism.
Keeping an aircraft's registration address current, then, helps
with search-and-rescue operations, and ensures important safety
information can be delivered in a timely manner. It's also
the law: FAR 47.43 gives you 30 days
after making a permanent change of address to update your airplane
registration with the FAA.
Making the change
The FAA makes it easy by providing an online form for updating your
aircraft registration address. You can type the information into
the form, but still need to print hard copy and mail it to the FAA
in Oklahoma City-they need your original signature so you can't
file the change of address electronically. You can also fax or mail
a letter to Oklahoma City following instructions on the FAA's
Keep a copy in your airplane that will serve as your temporary
aircraft registration until the new form comes by mail.
Note: you will not be able to operate your
airplane outside the United States with a temporary aircraft
Aero-tip of the day: If you change your mailing
address and you own an airplane, update the FAA.
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