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CARES: Current Year Past Updates

June 14, 2021

The CARES team just completed sprint 10, which focused on functionality that further ensures the integrity of user profiles by providing the following capabilities:

  • Development of links between individual and company profiles, and notifications to existing CARES users of any attempts to add them to a company profile.
  • Incorporation of safeguards to allow adding users to a company only under certain conditions.
  • The development of CARES user search functionality.
  • Background processing functionality for exception and activity logging was also created and will provide a foundation for continued implementation of system-wide security.

June 28, 2021

The CARES team just completed sprint 11, which includes processing functionality and accompanying graphical user interface for the following:

  • Addition of company members to LLCs.
  • Notification to company members that they are being added to an LLC and a secure means for them to accept the invitation.
  • Entry of international addresses and phone numbers that conform to country-specific formatting.
  • Cancellation of N-Numbers.
  • Refinement of notifications and additional quality assurance features for light sport and amateur-built aircraft registration processes, as well as dealer registration processes.

May 11, 2021

The CARES team continues to make progress. Sprints 7 and 8 are complete and they include quality assurance for functionality such as:

  • Registering Amateur built aircraft
  • Registering light sport aircraft
  • Ability to apply for Dealer certificates
  • N-number reservation expiration notifications
  • Additional features to company account management

May 27, 2021

The CARES team just completed sprint 9 which includes additional functionality for the following capabilities:

Aircraft Registration

  • Amateur Built
  • Light Sport
  • Validation Process for Individual
  • General Updates
  • Updates to LLC company registration
  • Updates to Non-Citizen Corporation

Efficiency of System Processes

  • Email Communications
  • Notifications

April 21, 2021

The 5th and 6th CARES sprint are complete and we should have our 7th sprint wrapped up shortly. These sprints include functionality such as:

  • Aircraft registration application validation process (verify user's input from the supporting documents using OCR technology)
  • Upload functionality for paper-based applications
  • Dealership application
  • Dealer's aircraft registration certificate process
  • N-Number expiration process (including 30 and 60 days notification)
  • User authorization (Role base access)
  • Ability to switch user's accounts (between individual and company accounts)
  • Email notifications

March 25, 2021

The Registry has been working through the fourth development sprint. The sprint includes capabilities such as setting up company profiles, document approval functionality and payment processing service integration as well as additional backend work to support continuous improvement.

The team has also been working through supporting processes such as updating our records schedule, which are necessary to go live.

We will be adding an FAQ section to the CARES website, so be on the lookout for more to come in that part of the website.

March 02, 2021

The CARES team is diligently working to modernize the Registry.

The team is wrapping up the third development sprint focusing on public authentication and access into CARES. In addition, our developers are working closely with Registry team members to obtain feedback on mockup designs to inform upcoming sprints.

There are several activities occurring in parallel. The team is working on documentation and planning to help ensure the system is secure when it is ready to go live. We are also coordinating on how to best migrate the information from our existing system. The goal of the parallel activities helps support providing a secure and user-friendly experience when using CARES.

February 02, 2021

The CARES team is diligently working to modernize the Registry.

In January 2021, the team made significant progress in creating the CARES implementation plan, defined initial user stories to guide the technical development sprints, and began the technical development of CARES. Sprints will run bi-weekly throughout the project and will require coordination among developers, testers, architects, designers and IT operations.

The team prioritized the deployment of capabilities necessary to meet the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Congressional mandate. After implementation of the Initial Operating Capability (IOC) by October 5, 2021, CARES will undergo continuous improvement.

February 16, 2021

The CARES team is diligently working to modernize the Registry.

The team continues to work on the first two development sprints focusing on public authentication and access into CARES. The sprints are based on user stories and the goal is to develop the user management system which includes capabilities like account registration, creating a user profile, and prompting the registered user with questions to lead them to the services they are looking for.

Aligned with the CARES continuous improvement philosophy, the development team is reviewing lessons learned to gain more insight into the development pace and is using those findings to inform the pace of future sprints.

January 19, 2021

The CARES team has been diligently working to modernize the Registry.

In September 2020, the FAA began the work of creating the team that will reimagine the Civil Aviation Registry's services including the processes of aircraft registration and airmen credentialing. Since that time, we have met and coordinated with industry subject-matter experts from many of the key stakeholders in the new processes. We also coordinated with Registry technical subject-matter experts from the legacy system infrastructure teams, groups in our IT organization and other Federal stakeholders to prepare for the modernization. The information gathered was used to develop the implementation plan and make great progress in developing the architecture for the new services and processes.

The team has prioritized the deployment of capabilities necessary to meet the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Congressional mandate and prepared CARES for continuous improvement. We are working hard to meet our deadline of providing all Registry Services electronically by October 5 of this year, and will provide updates of our progress biweekly on this website.

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