You might be surprised to learn that your aircraft registration is not necessarily tied to you yourself, but that it is entirely dependent on the aircraft. What does this mean? Well, that if the aircraft changes owners then the registration will go with the airplane. Now, the process by which this takes place will have a few different components. On one hand, of course, you have the sale itself, but an aircraft change of ownership will require you to submit the necessary form to officially transfer the registration.
Regular Aircraft Change of Ownership
Going through an aircraft change of ownership is not necessarily quick or convenient, but it’s definitely simpler than you probably think it is. Of course, the general process will have different components that each address an aspect of the transfer of ownership, but today we are going to focus on the form you will have to submit in order to transfer the registration itself. If your aircraft does not classify as an ultralight one (see what that means below), you will do this through the change of ownership form available on our website. All you need to do is provide information about the aircraft, as well as both the current and the new owner.
Change of Ownership for Ultralight Aircraft
Now, if you need to change the ownership for an ultralight aircraft, the process is going to be slightly different. You are probably aware of whether or not your aircraft is considered ultralight, but in case you’re acting on behalf of the owner or aren’t sure for some reason, here are the parameters that determine this.
- Basic ultralight aircraft will have a capacity of two people and an MTWO (maximum takeoff weight) of 544 kilograms (1,200 pounds). These must only be used under daylight visual conditions, operated from land or water, and with the appropriate ultralight pilot permit.
- Advanced ones, on the other hand, will have a capacity of two people and an MTWO (maximum takeoff weight) of 559 kilograms (1,232 pounds). These must only be used under daylight visual conditions and with the appropriate ultralight pilot permit. The aircraft may only carry a passenger if the pilot has the necessary ultralight aeroplane passenger-carrying rating.
Regardless of the kind of ultralight aircraft in question, the specific form for ultralight aircraft change of ownership will apply for either. Just be sure to pick the right category when filling it out.
Update Your Aircraft Registration
If you are carrying out any sort of process regarding aircraft documentation and need proper guidance, quick processing, and easy access to all relevant forms, you can count on us here at the National Aviation Registration. So, whether you need an aircraft change of ownership or to register new aircraft altogether, you can find the right forms here on our website. Should you need some help with any of it, don’t hesitate to use our website chat, fill out our contact form, or give us a call at 800-998-3527 and we’ll answer your questions in no time.