Buy an Aircraft
Choose the Make/Model
that is Right for You
Research Your Aircraft
Put Deposit on Plane/
Open Escrow Account
Verify the Aircraft
has a Clean Title
Get a Quality
Arrange Final Payment
Pick Up your plane/
Aircraft Buyer's Checklist
Step 10: Closing Paperwork
If you buy an aircraft with the assistance of an aircraft broker, that broker will usually prepare and file all the necessary paperwork for you. Just one of the many advantages of using a qualified aircraft broker.
Bill of Sale: A signed copy of the Bill of Sale should be retained by both the buyer and the seller for their
records and another copy must be sent to the FAA for filing.
Federal Aircraft Registration: A signed copy of the registration must be sent to the FAA along with a
check for $5.00 to cover the filing fee. The pink copy of the registration will serve as your temporary federal
registration and must remain in your plane until you receive your permanent registration in the mail.
Release of Lien: If there is a lien on the aircraft, the proper release of lien paperwork must also
be filed with the FAA.
State Registration: Each state has different regulations concerning aircraft registration. You should
check with your local flight school to see what the requirements are in your state.
Check with your financing institution or escrow agent to see what paperwork they will be filing with the FAA. Often they will handle all the closing paperwork for you.