Registrations of Aircraft under Non-Citizen Owner Trusts Resumes

By: Stewart Lapayowker

May 14, 2010

Yesterday,  FAA Chief Counsel David Grizzle distributed the attached letter.  FAA Letter. In summary, he is instructing FAA Aeronautical Counsel’s office and the registry to proceed with non-citizen trust registrations consistent with past practice.  While the FAA is reviewing their issues of concern, the FAA is committing to involve industry in the process and, if the rules will be changed, the formal Notice of Proposed Rule Making process will be used.

This is a welcome result.  However, I can’t help but think that the FAA’s precipitous actions over the last 10 days has eroded the confidence of non-citizens in the FAA and the stability of US registration.

Regards, SHL.