Aircraft Liens PDF Print E-mail
Many aircraft buyers and owners learn of a lien against their aircraft only when they try to sell the aircraft, or when they try to use the aircraft for loan collateral. Most states have statutes that allow anyone who has done work on an aircraft up to 90 days after the last contact with the aircraft to file a lien for work performed on the aircraft. Because it typically takes six weeks for the FAA in Oklahoma City to process an aircraft lien, a title search will not reflect a recently-filed lien. With this being the case, a lien can easily attach to an aircraft five months after the aircraft is purchased. Aircraft buyers should review all of the aircraft maintenance records and contact anyone who worked on the aircraft within six months prior to the purchase to make certain all invoices have been paid.