Executive Airshare, a regional fractional ownership company founded in Wichita and headquartered in Kansas City, also has felt the impact of the shutdown. It was supposed to close on a share of an airplane with a customer on Tuesday.
"But the lights are off at the FAA," said Executive Airshare president Keith Plumb.
Executive Airshare took delivery of a new Phenom 300 business jet on Friday and has owners lined up to close on fractional shares of the plane. Without the ability to complete a deal, Executive Airshare is holding the documents and any customer funds in an escrow account.
If the shutdown drags on for another week or two, it will impact the business and its customers, Plumb said.
"They will have concerns," he said. "... They can't send money for something they can't get in return.
"We want some progress on this. It's already impacted our business, and we don't have a solution for our sales operation."
Another concern is the backlog the FAA's office will have once it reopens. The Oklahoma City office registers aircraft and files the forms for international aircraft registry, helps with the bill of sale, transfers titles, conducts title searches required by lenders, helps with aircraft records, de-registers U.S.-registered aircraft that are being exported and issues temporary authority to operate an aircraft outside the U.S. for the purpose of an aircraft export, according to GAMA.
"We create backlog with each passing hour," said Bunce, the GAMA president. "Think about how you're backing up the system with each passing day, not only in the aircraft registry, but out in the field as well.
"It's having a huge economic effect on businesses small and large. It's not just isolated to government workers whatsoever."
He said GAMA is working with the FAA to see whether there is any flexibility.
"The (FAA) administrator is aware of the situation and is doing everything within his power to try to figure out ways to live with this, but living within the direction that he's getting from his higher ups," Bunce said. "He's doing everything he can."
GAMA also is working on the problem, Bunce said.
"We've got the entire staff devoted to try to find solutions," he said.
So far, the shutdown hasn't affected Bevan-Rabell, a Wichita avionics and aircraft repair shop.
"But it will pretty quickly," said company president Kent McIntyre. "We work back and forth (with the FAA) for field approvals and other approvals. We're working on a couple of airplanes that we're planning on getting field approvals on. It's going to affect us before very long."
For example, ferrying an airplane where the annual inspection has expired requires a ferry permit from the FAA's Flight Standards office, he said. So does operating an airplane over its approved gross weight, such as when extra fuel tanks are installed so it can be exported.
With the closure, those permits aren't available.
It also will impact some maintenance and repairs. In some cases, repairs or data in GPS installations that need approval by an FAA inspector can't be approved, McIntyre said.
FAA testing sites received an e-mail this week stating that aviation knowledge testing can't be given after Friday, said Dave Tiday, who owns Aviation Testing, which conducts tests for mechanics, pilots, instructors and others.
Student pilots must pass an FAA written test before they can earn a private pilot's license. Pilots must also pass written tests to earn an instrument, commercial or other types of rating.
Tiday's company also conducts other kinds of testing.
"We still will be doing a lot of other testing; we just won't be doing FAA testing," Tiday said.
The Aircraft Registry office closing is unprecedented, and is already having a widespread effect on general aviation manufacturers.
It joined the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and other leading aviation groups today on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to call for an end to the U.S. federal government shutdown
NBAA outlines the grave repercussions of the government shutdown on all aspects of the general aviation (GA) industry, including the purchase and use of small GA aircraft for business transport.
WASHINGTON, DC, July 18, 2012 - The Senate Aviation Subcommittee, chaired by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), today held a hearing on the state of the U.S. aviation industry and how the industry can...