Effective June 1, 2004, all aircraft registration applications (AC Form 8050-1) submitted to the FAA Registry will need to contain both the signature and the typed or printed name of the person signing. Although the form has a place for the printed/typed name, up until now the FAA has not rejected applications omitting the printed/typed name. The Federal Aviation Drug-Enforcement Assistance Act (49 USC 44111) requires that the FAA reject applications that do not contain the signing person’s printed or typed name in order to allow easy identification of the signing person’s name.
Not sure what difference this will actually make when the Registry does not require any proof of identity or other verification from person’s signing registration applications. But, if it will help in the fight against drugs, it doesn’t seem to be much of a burden. It is simply just another “t” to cross or “i” to dot.