Donald Trump may want to build a wall, and make Mexico pay for it, but the wall won’t keep illegal aircraft out of U.S. airspace. In fact, Trump’s own Cessna has gone illegal.
Over the past several months, Donald J. Trump has crisscrossed the country making dozens of campaign stops in places like Sioux City, Iowa, and Jackson, Miss., often in his sleek Cessna jet. There is just one hitch: The plane’s registration is expired.
Records kept with the Federal Aviation Administration show the aircraft’s registration lapsed on Jan. 31. Laura J. Brown, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, confirmed that the plane’s registration was not in good standing and said the owner had not renewed it.
Cessna 750 Citation X
Here’s what could happen:
- “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”
Note that this is Trump’s Cessna, not his Boeing 757 that’s referred to as “Trump Force One.” Trump’s 757 made an emergency landing in February.
Instead the 1997 Cessna 750 Citation X is frequently used for campaign events that require the candidate to land at smaller airports, and was flown in the past week to Plattsburgh, Buffalo, and Hartford.
The FAA sent a final notice of impending expiration on December 1, and a notice of expiration on March 1, to the registered agent for the single member LLC (which is, it seems, a pass-through entity for Trump himself rather than a corporation) DJT Operations CX L.L.C.
The expiration letter stated, “The aircraft’s registration and airworthiness certificates no longer support the aircraft’s operation.”
Registration costs $5 for three years.
Trump of course used to own what is now the American Airlines shuttle between New York, Boston, and Washington DC. He lost hundreds of millions of dollars and creditors assigned the operation to the US Airways to run before the airline purchased the full operation. Trump got taken to the cleaners buying it and The Plaza hotel.
His daughter Ivanka, though, can tell you how to score an upgrade.