December 2017 Issue

Special Flight Permits

If you need one, it’s likely due to an expired annual. The process isn’t complicated, but the FAA will have procedures and concerns that must be considered.

Spend much time around aircraft owners or a maintenance facility and you’re likely to hear the term “ferry permit.” What’s being talked about is what the FAA calls a “special flight permit.” It’s the paperwork the agency uses to approve the flight of an aircraft “that may not currently meet applicable airworthiness requirements but is capable for safe flight.” Perhaps the most common reason for a special flight permit is lack of an annual inspection within the preceding 12 months.

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