If the FAA says I Own My Aircraft, do I Really?

Not necessarily. Here’s why. Philko Aviation, Inc. v. Shacket United States Supreme Court 462 U.S. 406 (1983) This is a great example of aircraft ownership and the role of the FAA in sales transactions. In this case, a shady character, Roger Smith, sold an aircraft to the Shackets. Smith provided the aircraft and a photocopy […]

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The FAA’s Position on Aircraft Titles

The civil aviation industry relies on the FAA for plenty of things, including information, certification, and training. While the FAA provides a plethora of resources, it’s important to understand how they handle documentation. Specifically, what is their position on aircraft titles? The answer, quite simply, is they don’t have one. Aircraft owners, purchasers, and sellers […]

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Private Aircraft and Mechanic’s Lien Difficulties

When the time comes to buy or sell a private aircraft, problems may arise from unsettled mechanic’s liens that have been filed and/or recorded with the FAA. How Mechanic’s Liens are Filed: The FAA and State Law The instructions for filing and recording an aircraft mechanic’s lien has varied by state since 1981. State law […]

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The Difference between Filed and Recorded FAA Documents

Filed vs Recorded FAA Documents There is a difference between filing and recording of documents at the FAA.  This article explores the differences between the two and the effects both unrecorded and improperly recorded documents can have on an aircraft’s title. How are documents filed at the FAA? The FAA will accept and review any […]

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South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Groundbreaking of Wright Brothers Aircraft Title, Inc.

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, along with members of the community, helped celebrate the groundbreaking of Wright Brothers Aircraft Title, Inc., in Oklahoma City. The company will be located at 928 Southwest 107 Street, in Meadowlake Farms. “Companies like Wright Brothers Aircraft Title are showing confidence in the future of South Oklahoma City,” […]

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Clearing Clouded Aircraft Titles

There are quite a few circumstances that cause clouded aircraft titles. Any break in the chain of title can cause difficulties for owners when they try to buy, sell, or register their airplane. If the problems are overlooked, new owners inherit what the previous owner did not handle. Furthermore, lenders are often hesitant to finance […]

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Wright Brothers Aircraft Title is Breaking Ground

Wright Brothers Aircraft Title is excited to announce that on Thursday, July 13, 2017, it closed on a piece of property where it plans to build a new office building. Ground breaking is slated to begin in the next couple of weeks, with a projected completion date of February 2018. “We have been working on […]

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Wright Brothers Welcomes Tonya Butler as Head Title Examiner

April 12, 2017, Oklahoma City, OK – Wright Brothers Aircraft Title (WBAT), a national company specializing in full service title and escrow services, is proud to announce and welcome Tonya Butler as head title examiner/escrow assistant.  Ms. Butler will be the head title examiner and 1 of 4 escrow agent’s in the office. She is […]

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Why Bother with a Title Search

I got a call once from a man who was about to board a plane to Nashville to buy a plane from a guy he had never met. He was experiencing sudden cold feet, wondering if the man he was about to meet really owned the plane, had the right to sell it, or owed […]

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Escrows in Aviation

In our last blog (Born in a Pool Hall), we talked about the benefits of using an escrow agent to handle funds in aircraft transactions (and pool halls).  But there is more to escrow than just taking care of money.  There are documents involved as well.  Lots of them. Documents in Escrow With buyers, sellers, […]

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