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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : fpr|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 2 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 250|
flight time total : 1100
flight time type : 15
|Function||other personnel other|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I was returning from freeport grand bahama. Upon landing in customs, the customs officer asked to see the aircraft's papers. I was unaware that aircraft cannot be flown internationally on a temporary (pink slip) registration, which is what this aircraft had. And I was written up by fpr customs. It is my belief that the problem with pink slips and ownership can be solved if they are notarized at time of sale, similar to automobiles. When I asked an NTSB law judge what I might expect as a penalty, he said he wasn't even aware that you couldn't travel internationally on a pink slip. A registration certificate is a registration certificate--temporary or not. This regulation pertaining to this problem is an example of poor solution to the problem. The FAA should resolve the problem by notarizing registrations. Otherwise, many unknowing pilots leaving near international borders will find out the hard way a poor solution for what seems to be an internal problem, and not one that should be burdened by law abiding pilots.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT TAKES ACFT WITH TEMPORARY REGISTRATION ON INTERNATIONAL FLT.
Narrative: I WAS RETURNING FROM FREEPORT GRAND BAHAMA. UPON LNDG IN CUSTOMS, THE CUSTOMS OFFICER ASKED TO SEE THE ACFT'S PAPERS. I WAS UNAWARE THAT ACFT CANNOT BE FLOWN INTERNATIONALLY ON A TEMPORARY (PINK SLIP) REGISTRATION, WHICH IS WHAT THIS ACFT HAD. AND I WAS WRITTEN UP BY FPR CUSTOMS. IT IS MY BELIEF THAT THE PROB WITH PINK SLIPS AND OWNERSHIP CAN BE SOLVED IF THEY ARE NOTARIZED AT TIME OF SALE, SIMILAR TO AUTOMOBILES. WHEN I ASKED AN NTSB LAW JUDGE WHAT I MIGHT EXPECT AS A PENALTY, HE SAID HE WASN'T EVEN AWARE THAT YOU COULDN'T TRAVEL INTERNATIONALLY ON A PINK SLIP. A REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE IS A REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE--TEMPORARY OR NOT. THIS REG PERTAINING TO THIS PROB IS AN EXAMPLE OF POOR SOLUTION TO THE PROB. THE FAA SHOULD RESOLVE THE PROB BY NOTARIZING REGISTRATIONS. OTHERWISE, MANY UNKNOWING PLTS LEAVING NEAR INTL BORDERS WILL FIND OUT THE HARD WAY A POOR SOLUTION FOR WHAT SEEMS TO BE AN INTERNAL PROB, AND NOT ONE THAT SHOULD BE BURDENED BY LAW ABIDING PLTS.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.