As discussed in my December 13, 2006 post, the February 1, 2006 deadline is approaching for aircraft owners to check their aircraft registration records online with the FAA Registry to ensure the accuracy of the information and to update the information if necessary. The FAA and TSA believe that national security and aviation safety require this action because it will somehow to ensure that only properly registered aircraft operate within the national airspace. I am not so sure I concur in this assessment, but I would agree that having accurate information in the registry is a good idea.
According to the December 9, 2006 Notice, after February 1 “operators of identified aircraft with questionable registrations and or no TSA required security measures/waivers will be: (1) Notified of the deficiency, (2) a pilot deviation will be filed on the operator, (3) operator may be denied access to the NAS. In the event the operator is not the owner, the operator and owner will be notified of the deficiency and both will be subject to any action deemed warranted by the agency in accordance with local, state and federal regulations.”
Although most aircraft registration information is current, aircraft owners whose aircraft registration information may be inaccurate could face enforcement ation if the information is not updated as required by February 1. If you own an aircraft, make sure you confirm that your aircraft registration is accurate. The minimal time required could potentially save you the aggravation of having to respond to the FAA if for some reason the information currently on file for your aircraft is not accurate.