The New York Times discovered that Donald Trump’s Cessna Citation X (the one with the bumper sticker on it reading “My other jet is a 757”) does not have a current FAA registration.
The man with all the answers to America’s problems can’t even run a company competent enough to keep his own jets legal. Being a pilot myself, I thought “No, this can’t be true. Nobody would be this careless.” So I checked.
Tail number N725DT. Sure enough, it’s expired.
With few exceptions, aircraft must be registered in order to fly. Mr. Trump’s plane could be grounded for several days, or even months, while the issue is sorted out. In the event of an accident, the company that insures the plane could use the expired registration as a reason to decline any claims.
The F.A.A. could also fine or assess other penalties against the owner and/or operator; Mr. Trump owns the plane through a limited liability company. Though it is unlikely that the F.A.A. would seek the maximum penalty, flying with no registration could result in a civil penalty of up to $27,500, a criminal fine of up to $250,000 and imprisonment for up to three years, the agency said.
Ms. Brown declined to comment on any action the F.A.A. might take. Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for the Trump campaign, did not respond to requests for comment.
Sure, Trump can fly his 757, but not everywhere. Many of the smaller airports can’t take the large jet. Maybe Trump will have to–you know–charter a jet from some other company and pay them instead of himself. Or, God forbid, he might travel commercial with the hoi polloi.
So if you see The Donald on a commuter flight to French Lick, Ind. (KFRH), make sure he gets the window seat.