Government Shutdown Slows Some Plane Deliveries

Some airplane deliveries, particularly international flights, being delayed due to FAA offices closed which hold up paperwork.

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Friday October 11, 2013

Imagine if you purchased a car with financing completed but then were told you couldn't drive it. You probably wouldn't like it.

But such is the case for some international airplane customers. They purchase an aircraft but because FAA offices are closed can't get needed paperwork to get the planes delivered.

Andre and Sarah Grosvenor own and operate the Aviation Dynamix company in Wichita. They specialize in delivering planes all over the world.

Sarah Grosvenor says, "For one client of ours we have an aircraft sitting in our hangar and we're unable to get a registration or even a fly wire to move the aircraft internationally. We're unable to apply for our temporary RVSM approval. And so those things are going to keep that aircraft sitting there until we can get the FAA up and going."

She does much of the paperwork and is concerned even when FAA offices reopen work will be slow because of the backlog building up.

Andre Grosvenor says, "We can't export aircraft. Specifically our company deals with a lot of international clients. They figured they paid for the airplane and they want it delivered. And it's just not happening."

So they are hoping the government shutdown ends soon with the reopening of FAA offices so work can get back to normal.

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