Trump’s jet grounded by the F.A.A., but not his ego


Donald Trump loves to tout his private jets, but it looks like he won’t be flying his beloved Cessna Citation X anytime soon. The plane has just been grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Trump failed to renew the registration on his jet, which expired on January 31, according to Town and Country.

Of course, Trump isn’t known for playing by the rules, and a trivial issue like an expired registration hasn’t kept the Republican presidential frontrunner from using his jet to fly to dozens of campaign events.

But on Wednesday, the F.A.A. cracked its whip, and told Trump’s chief pilot that the aircraft can’t fly until it’s reregistered.


Trump owns four other registered aircrafts, which include a Boeing 757 – emblazoned with the word TRUMP — and three Sikorsky helicopters.

Still the grounding could pose a problem for Trump, as the 757 is too heavy to land at most airports, according to Town and Country.

Flying without a registration is punishable by up to three years in prison, a criminal fine of up to $250,000, and a civil penalty of up to $27,500.

Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump, told the New York Times today that “the standard renewal process is just about complete.”