ACCURATE, COMPLETE AND CONSISTENT AVIATION EQUIPMENT DESCRIPTIONS

ACCURATE, COMPLETE AND CONSISTENT AVIATION EQUIPMENT DESCRIPTIONS

The United States Transportation Code and Federal Aviation Regulations place certain requirements on documents that are filed for recordation with the Civil Aircraft Registry of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (the “FAA Registry”) in connection with aircraft, aircraft engines and propellers. Aircraft must be accurately described by manufacturer name, model, serial number and U.S. registration number (often referred to as the “N” number or “tail” number). Engines and propellers must be accurately described by manufacturer, model and serial number. Accurate and complete model nomenclature and serial numbers are found on the identification plates of all aircraft, engines and propellers.

Aircraft manufacturers frequently describe the models of their aircraft by generic family or marketing names. The FAA Registry typically accepts such nomenclature on registration documents and will issue a Certificate of Registration based on how the submitted documents describe the aircraft, even if the description is by generic family or marketing name. However, the FAA’s Flight Inspection Safety District Offices typically enforce a stricter standard in their issuance of Certificates of Airworthiness, using the specific model description noted on the identification plate of the aircraft. As a result, instances arise in which the Certificate of Aircraft Registration and the Certificate of Airworthiness for an aircraft do not conform. Such inconsistency can make an aircraft subject to immediate grounding by an FAA inspector. The aviation group at Debee Gilchrist has extensive experience in assisting clients in resolving such issues on an expedited basis.

Engine and propeller manufacturers also use generic or family names to describe their models and use the same serial numbers among different models. Therefore it is essential to fully describe engines and propellers by the manufacturer’s name, the specific and complete model designations and complete serial numbers including any prefixes or suffixes. This assures that the FAA will record instruments against the correct equipment, and that therefore interests in that equipment will be properly perfected.

The aviation group at DeBee Gilchrist carefully reviews all documents that it files with the FAA on behalf of its clients and researches various FAA and industry sources to assure that equipment descriptions are accurate and complete.


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