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Aircraft (Airplane) Bill of Sale Form

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Aircraft (Airplane) Bill of Sale Form

Updated June 28, 2023

An airplane bill of sale is a legal document that records the private transaction of airplanes between seller and buyer. It will include information relating to the buyer, seller, make & model, and purchase price. This document indicates and officiates the sale of an aircraft and is also one of the required documents needed to register your airplane under the Federal Aviation Act. It is important to document everything accordingly to the best of your ability to avoid trouble with local, state, and federal laws.

How Do I File an Airplane Bill of Sale?

Step 1: Negotiate a Price for the Purchase

First, you’ll want to set a price with the seller for the plane. As the buyer, you’ll also want to consider how much you’re willing to put down as a deposit before making the final purchase. You can determine with the seller whether this deposit will be refundable or not and under what terms if it is refundable.

Step 2: Fill Out the Bill of Sale

Once you’re confident in your choice to purchase this plane, you’ll want to fill out two copies of the Airplane Bill of Sale form. The FAA requires that this form have certain information on record. We strongly recommend that you use our pre-approved form to avoid leaving out any key information.

Once you have this document, you’ll need the following information to fill it out in this order:

  • Date of the Sale
  • Buyer’s name & mailing address
  • Seller’s name & mailing address
  • Aircraft information must include:
    • Make
    • Model
    • Registration number
    • Serial number
    • Year
  • Agreed Purchase Price
  • Agreed Date of Delivery
  • Deposit Amount Due at Time of Purchase
    • Mark as non-refundable
    • OR
    • Mark as refundable with terms that set the condition in which the deposit will be refunded
  • Number of days for an inspection period
  • State or US territory where the aircraft is being sold
  • Signatures & printed names of all buyers, sellers, and witnesses present

This form also has a number of titled sections that most parties must read and agree to. These sections include terms for: Inability to Perform, Taxes, Assignment, Notice of Parties, Laws, Waiver, and Severability. Once all terms are agreed to and the form is filled out, then the buyer must put down the deposit for the purchase.

Step 3: Conduct a Pre-Sale Inspection of the Plane

After the bill of sale is complete, the buyer has a certain period of days to conduct an inspection of the aircraft. A skilled mechanic can usually get the job done in a couple of hours depending on the size of the plane. It may take more time for larger corporate or private jets.

Step 4: Finalize Sale of Aircraft

Once the inspection is clear, then the sale can be finalized. The full purchase price must be paid and the plane must be delivered by the seller on the agreed-upon date. The buyer may also choose to fly out with the plane right there and then if they have completed the temporary registration needed first.

Step 5: Register the Plane with the FAA

Now the buyer must register their plane with the Federal Aviation Agency. This can be done by completing an AC Form 8050-1 available through the FAA. The buyer will also need to send the original registration certificate from the seller (with sales information filled out on the back), one current bill of sale form, all past bills of sale, and a $5 registration fee to the FAA registry in Oklahoma City.

Send payment and all forms via the United States Postal Service to the following address:

FAA Aircraft Registration Branch

P.O. Box 25504

Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0504

Make a copy of the AC Form 8050-1 and place it on the plane as your temporary registration.

Recording Requirements of the Federal Aviation Act

As required by the FAA, the buyer will need to provide proof of purchase, ownership, and registration. Proof of purchase can be determined by the Airplane Bill of Sale form. You can prove your ownership by delivering the current registration form of the past owner as well as all past bills of sales to show the chain of ownership. Registration can be confirmed by filing an AC Form 8050-1 with the appropriate funds to the FAA.