December 16, 2013 – Newsletter

Posted by on December 16, 2013

BATI Quotes

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.  He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.  Alas!  How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus!  It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias.  There would be no child-like faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.  We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight.  The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.  Not believe in Santa Claus!  You might as well as not believe in fairies!

       -Francis P. Church, from the New York Sun, September 21, 1897.

BATI Knowledge

Aircraft Registration and Nationality Marks

The first use of aircraft registration marks was based on the radio call signs allocated at the London International Radiotelegraphic Conference in 1913, modified at a Paris conference in 1919 for aircraft, based on the designations from the 1913 conference.  The International Civil Aviation Organization manages the allocations and standards for international nationality marks, which have been amended and added to over the years.

Here are a few FYI:

Australia – VH
Brazil – PP, PT
Canada – C, CF
China – B
Denmark – QY
Ecuador – HC
France – F
Germany – D
Greece – SX
Hong Kong – VRH
Ireland – EI, EJ
Italy – I
Japan – JA
Mexico – XA, XB, XC
Norway – LN
Portugal – CR, CS
Russian Federation – RA, RF
Saudi Arabia – HZ
Singapore – 9V
South Africa – ZS, ZT, ZU
Spain – EC
United Arab Emirates – A6
United Kingdom – G
United States – N

If you would like a complete list of the international marks, just email and we will send you the list from the examination guidelines!



A conveyance executed on behalf of the estate of a deceased owner must be signed by the authorized representative of the estate and should be accompanied by that representative’s authority to sign for the estate, unless such authority is already on file with FAA.  The name of the estate should be shown, followed by the representative’s signature and title, i.e., Estate of John Doe by Richard Roe, Executor.  The representative’s name must be signed exactly as it appears on the authorization document.   A certified true copy of Letters Testamentary or Letters of Administration is required as authority for an executor or administrator to act.

Heir-at-Law  If no executor or administrator is appointed, a notarized statement from the heir-at-law is required.  The affidavit should state that no application has been made for the appointment of an executor or administrator and that, insofar as the affiant can determine, no such application will be made; that they are the person entitled to the aircraft under the laws of the state having jurisdiction; or that under such laws they have the right to dispose of the aircraft.  An Affidavit of Heir-at-Law is included in the “forms” section of our website.

BATI Pot-Pourri

Please note:  If you would like to highlight your firm or your aircraft in BATI’s pot-pourri section, please send us a photograph and text ( and we will try to work you in on future Newsletters!

Piper Aircraft Corporation Malibu Mirage

A light aircraft manufactured by
Piper Aircraft – this aircraft is
powered by a single engine and has
the capacity for one pilot  and
five passengers.