Trump Grounds His Jet Until Registration Is Renewed, FAA Says

King of New York: What’s Next For Donald Trump?
  • Jet registration is `just about complete,' Trump campaign says
  • FAA contacted Trump company after jet's registration lapsed

Donald Trump’s children aren’t the only ones who failed to register.

Trump has agreed not to fly one of his business jets until its lapsed registration is renewed, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The agency had contacted the Trump-affiliated company that owns the plane, which is used by the Republican presidential candidate.

The company told the FAA it wouldn’t fly the plane until it’s re-registered, the agency said in an e-mailed statement Wednesday.

“The standard renewal process is just about complete,” Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for the Trump campaign, said in an e-mailed statement. She didn’t comment on why the renewal was delayed.

Trump children Ivanka and Eric were unable to vote in this week’s New York primary because they had failed to register as Republicans in time.

The FAA registration for a Textron Inc.’s Cessna 750 Citation X, a twin-engine business jet known for its high speed, expired on Jan. 31, according to the FAA’s aircraft registry database. It’s registered to DJT Operations CX LLC, which lists a Delaware address.

Trump used the plane to fly to Albany, New York, on April 11, according to photos posted on the website of the Times Union, a newspaper serving that area. The New York Times, which first reported the issue on Tuesday, said the plane had made dozens of flights since the registration expired, citing FAA records.

Failing to register an aircraft is punishable by civil penalties of as much as $27,500, and a criminal fine as high as $250,000 or prison for as long as three years, according to FAA’s website. Registration costs $5.

The FAA didn’t comment on whether it will seek sanctions.

Trump often takes another plane, a Boeing Co. 757 he has customized, on campaign trips. That plane’s registration is current, according to FAA records.

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