I advised my client, a middle-man who I had worked with before, of the status, and he believed that they may have had the registration number on hold and in work. I advised him that the owner would have to ensure the registration process was complete before I could issue the C of A on the aircraft.
I was advised thru the Miami IFO who sent it to my advisor, that the registration was CANCELLED- due to SCRAP-Total Loss. This information was located in the EDRS...but my mistake was I didn't do that research at the time of the Application for geographic Expansion...Usually when a registration is not CURRENT/ASSIGNED there is no file in the EDRS.
So, you learn from mistakes. My client said he knew the owner had bought the aircraft in a crate and had it shipped to Brazil. He knew this all along, but hadn't advised me.
The Miami IFO due to the nature of this aircraft, requested the last 2 years aircraft maintenance history and a list of all major repairs for the 2nd aircraft. Still waiting for it a week later. Hopefully the end buyer of the aircraft was an honest person who was hoodwinked...but in any case, the 2nd aircraft will get a complete and thorough inspection, as always.
Next customer, I requested a written account of the condition of the aircraft...I usually have this on larger aircraft