As a non-US Citzen/Resident (I live in Colorado) I can’t register a plane on the N register. I understand I need to hold it via a Trustee.
Is this an actual provision of the law? What a nutso law if so! I knew that you had to be a US citizen to own broadcast stations (welcome to America, Citizen Murdoch!), and that you had to be native-born to run for President (odd in its own way, but it saved us Henry Kissinger). But registering an airplane??? Is this some holdover from the days when the GA fleet had to stand ready to be mobilized for war?
Seriously, is this a well-known law? I had never heard of it – though I would have guessed it was one of Pat Buchanan’s promises if he were elected president.
The law is FAR 47, has nothing to do with wartimes. The problem comes from international use of planes. Example: If a German would register a plane under US-regulations (N-xxxx), then would fly the plane to, say Argentina, and use it there: Under which law would he be: German, American, or Argentine??? Would he be required to comply with ADs? Does he have to have annual inspections, or to comply with FAR 91? And if he would not comply, what agency would look after him? Here in Europe, we had a few very sad cases where planes were registered in the US, but no insurance was paid. Nobody was responsible for the damage.
The law says, and I believe this to be okay, that a plane may be registered to a) a US citizen, b) to a citizen who was lawfully admitted to the US for permanent residence, c) a corporation under US law, a trust under US law.
For myself, a German with no permanent residence in the US, registration via a trust is the way to go. It costs around US 2000 to register, plus 800 annually.
Timm Preusser #132