A week ago I shared Donald Trump’s failure to keep the registration up to date on his Cessna.
The lapsed paperwork suggested three possible scenarios.
- “Mr. Trump’s plane could be grounded for days, or even months, while the issue is sorted out.”
- “In the event of an accident, the company that insures the jet could cite the lapsed registration to decline any claims.”
- “The F.A.A. could also fine or assess other penalties against the owner, the operator or both…a civil penalty of up to $27,500, a criminal fine of up to $250,000 and imprisonment for up to three years”
Cessna 750 Citation X
Registration costs $5 for 3 years, but Trump let his plane’s lapse on January 31. The 1997 Cessna 750 Citation X is frequently used for campaign events that require the candidate to land at smaller airports, and was flown recently to Plattsburgh, Buffalo, and Hartford. After press accounts of Trump continuing to fly on the aircraft, the FAA grounded the plane.
Now the plane is back in the air thanks to some sleight of hand: Donald Trump sold the plane to himself.
On Friday, the plane was registered to a new owner, DT Endeavor I, according to records kept with the F.A.A. DT Endeavor I is a limited liability company that was registered in Delaware in early January, and is controlled by Mr. Trump.
He then submitted a new registration from the new company, a move that cleared the way for the Cessna to fly almost immediately.
Processing expired registrations can literally take months. SAD!
However when a plane is sold, the new owner can get an immediate temporary registration.