Sunday, December 12, 2010

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The Federal Aviation Administration announced new requirements for plane owners.

Scottsdale pilot and plane owner, Arthur Rosen, likes the new requirements for plane registration.

"It's a good thing to do," Rosen said Friday. "Clear the rolls and see who's active and what's being flown today."

The FAA's aircraft registry is missing key information on who owns one-third of the 357,000 private and commercial planes in the U.S.

The FAA fears the information gap could be exploited by terrorists and drug traffickers.

The records are in such disarray that the FAA says it is worried that criminals could buy planes without the government's knowledge, or use the registration numbers of other aircraft to evade new
computer systems designed to track suspicious flights.

"This is new for the FAA and they're doing a little house cleaning," Rosen said.

About 119,000 of the planes on the U.S. registry have "questionable registration" because of missing forms, invalid addresses, unreported sales or other paperwork problems.

To fix the problem, all aircraft owners will be ordered to reregister their planes.

Next year, the FAA will begin canceling the registration certificates of all 357,000 aircraft and require
owners to register anew.

Some owners received notices last month.