June 4, 2014 – Newsletter
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Pink Copies vs. Fly Wires
The pink copy of the Aircraft Registration Application is carried on board the aircraft after ownership of an aircraft changes and acts as temporary authority to operate the aircraft domestically in lieu of registration, as long as evidence of ownership and application for registration are delivered to the FAA and are in their system.
The pink copy of the application may be used for operation of aircraft within the U.S. If the aircraft is not registered within 90 days, a letter of extension may be furnished to the applicant which must be carried in the aircraft with the pink copy of the application for registration. Article 29 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation provides that every aircraft of a contract state engaged in international navigation shall carry on board its Certificate of Aircraft Registration. Pink slips are not valid for international operation of an aircraft.
The “Fly Wire” is a temporary certificate of registration – the FAA issues this after it has expedited processing the registration application and evidence of ownership (usually within 24 to 48 hours, rather than the usual 4 to 5 weeks of routine processing.
Fly wires are valid for international operation because they are evidence that the aircraft is registered in the United States.
Before the FAA will expedite registration for purposes of immediate international flight, the Registry requires a “Declaration of International Operations” (“DOIO”) form be submitted to the Registry, signed by the owner of the aircraft. This form states:
(a) the name of the departure city in the US
(b) the name of the destination city in the foreign country
(c) the specific date of the flight
(d) a statement confirming that the signatory on this document is aware that whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or representation shall be fined under Title 18 United Sates Code or imprisoned not more than five years, or both. 18 U.S. C. 1101(a).
What if an international flight crops up after I have already filed documents with FAA?
If documents have been in process at the FAA for a few days, it is still possible to submit the DOIO (the Registry will take a faxed copy) and will associate your request for expedited registration with the in-process documents.
What happens if the FAA doesn’t register the aircraft by the date of the international flight?
Interestingly, if the FAA does not receive the DOIO with sufficient lead-time to issue the fly wire on or before the stated date of the international flight, the registration process falls back into the routine processing batches. The FAA will process a new DOIO which the owner must re-submit with a specific date for the international flight sometime in the near future if the aircraft is rescheduled for another international flight.
Is a flight from the mainland United States to Hawaii considered an “international flight”?
Yes! The opinion of the Aeronautical Center counsel’s office is that a U.S. civil aircraft which commences operation from within the United States and proceeds outside the United States (12 nautical miles from the coast of the United States or over a foreign country’s airspace) must carry on board a certificate of aircraft registration (or a “fly wire”).
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