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Lamination of aircraft documents

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Can you laminate an aircraft registration and airworthiness certificate? Authority?

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  1. Brian on Oct 08, 2010

    I cannot speak to this topic for certain. What I can tell you is:
    a) I have never seen it.
    b) The old pilot certificates were void if laminated.
     
    Good luck,
     
    ~Brian

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  2. Matthew Waugh on Oct 09, 2010

    With respect to pilot certificates, lamination is not an alteration and so it is permitted. Back in 1999 Donald P. Byrne, Assistant Chief Counsel said as much in a letter of interpretation to AOPA. So we can put that one to rest.
    Now – with respect to your aircraft documents, if the FAA has said they may not be altered, and if one part of the FAA is willing to agree with another part of the FAA, then you can laminate away. However I’m no expert at wading through Part 47 (which seems to be the relevant regulation) and the question doesn’t appear to have been put before the FAA’s legal counsel – so as for Authority – I’ve got nothing.
    You’re not going to find a regulation that says “you may laminate”, if you want an affirmative authority you’re going to have to query the FAA. Otherwise you have to review ALL FAA documentation relating to airworthiness and registration certificates and determine that nowhere in there does it imply you may not laminate the certificates. Seems like a fun weekend activity!

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  3. Matthew Hammer on Oct 09, 2010

    I can’t cite any particular authority on this, but at a part 141 school I went to the aircraft registration and airworthiness certificate were laminated. These planes were routinely inspected by the FAA in great detail, and no issue was ever raised with the laminated certificates.

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  4. Matt Fenwick on Dec 22, 2011

    I spoke directly with the FAA and they said iif an inspector finds the airworthiness certificate laminated they will more than likely make you get a new one.

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