Questions tagged [aircraft-registration]

A unique registration number (or "tail-number") for an aircraft - similar to a car's license plate.

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When do commercial aircraft tail numbers change?

Each (large, commercial and most other) aircraft has a registration number, painted or stickered on its hull: the tail number. I was under the false impression that tail numbers don't change, and ...
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How can an helicopter end up with the same tail number than an airplane?

For example, take N133AA. https://www.jetphotos.com/registration/N133AA shows American Airlines photos from the 90s and an helicopter from this decade: The FAA only shows the helicopter registry: ...
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How come some aircraft have really cool registration numbers?

I've seen registration numbers like D-ICEY - A Cessna Citation owned by a German company that produces frozen foods G-FILM - An Alouette II helicopter used in some movies and TV series for the flying ...
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While waiting for a delayed outbound flight how can I guess where's the inbound plane?

This summer in Mykonos our flight back to FCO was delayed and nobody at the airport could communicate reliable estimates on when it would be. In that case I managed to find the FCO-JMK inbound flight ...
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Aircraft Registration for 2015 Flight? [duplicate]

Back in 2015, I flew on 4 flights with Delta Airlines. I was too young to remember the registrations of each aircraft. Is it possible to look up the tail numbers if I have the date of the flights, ...
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Is there a way to hide your name from registration? [duplicate]

OK. Lets assume I got myself a nice Maule and I don't want anyone to know I am the owner. These days anyone can type the N number to the FAA site and learn who owns the plane and lots of other ...
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Do airports archive the registration numbers of arriving and departing flights, and if so, for how long?

I am researching a flight I took as a child from LAX to Copenhagen in 1960 in a SAS DC-7C. I know the flight number, route, stops, departure time and date and wish to identify specifically which of ...
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What is a registration mark or number?

Does every single aircraft have a unique registration mark or number? If, for example, 2000 Boeing 777 units were produced, do they have their own registration number? And how is that registration ...
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How can I acquire an N number that's showing as deregistered?

I'd like to use an N number that is listed as available. But when I request it, it shows as being deregistered. How can I get this number for my aircraft?
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For how long are state and federal aircraft registrations valid?

How long is a state registration valid for and how long is a federal registration valid for? and for state I mean North Dakota if any of you know where to look for that.
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Why can't I find a tail number in the FAA registery?

I'm reviewing my pilot logbook in preparation to move everything over to my EFB logbook. As part of that process, I have been looking up the various aircraft I've flown in the FAA registry to get ...
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In the US, do ultralight aircraft have tail numbers?

Just wondering if ultralight aircraft in the United States have tail numbers like the larger general aviation aircraft have?
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Why is the N-number on the tail of aircraft sometimes shown in both large and small font?

Why is the N-number on the tail of aircraft shown again much smaller and above the main N-number? They are both the same group of letters and numbers.
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What’s the difference between a tail number and a Manufacturer's Serial Number?

What’s the difference between a tail number and a Manufacturer's Serial Number (MSN)? How and when are they generated?
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What do the tail numbers on aircraft mean?

Could someone please tell me the meaning of the alphanumeric numbers on aircraft's tails? What exactly does the SB 023 mean for this Indian Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft?
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Does a public use aircraft need an aircraft registration hard card? [duplicate]

Does an aircraft, operating public use, need a aircraft registration hard card?
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Is the Bill Of Sale required for deregistration?

Is the Bill Of Sale required for deregistration? What are the FAA and EASA regulations applicable?
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When are you allowed to use a call sign that is not the aircraft registration?

Some General Aviation pilots use their aircraft registration as a call sign, like C-ADYDJ for example. I've heard some use their aircraft type then some numbers like Cessna 45G. Then the typical ...
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Are the size and location of the registration number regulated?

On modern airliners, how large are the registration numbers? I know they are on the tail, but are they also under a wing? Do the regulations vary by country? If so, what is the US regulation?
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How are registration numbers assigned?

I'm surprised this hasn't been asked before but I could find any question on here for it. Who picks the tail number for a new aircraft? Is it automatically assigned by the authorities you are ...
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How do I find the registration or serial number for the aircraft I flew on specific trips in the past?

I understand that there are various paid subscription services that allow me to search back up to a year in the past for the IDs of any flight and the histories of any aircraft. Is there a free (or ...
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Where can I find registration information of a private aircraft registered in Germany?

Is there any way (website, database etc.) where I can get the registration information of a privately-owned general aviation aircraft registered in Germany? (Germany has pretty extensive privacy ...
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N registration in Europe [duplicate]

Do someone knows a way how to arrange an American(N) registration of aircraft located in Europe? I mean there should be an agency that you can entrust with carrying out an American registration of an ...
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Is there a complete source for aircraft registration information?

I am building an app that requires access to commercial aircraft registrations, in the UK to begin with and then more global as I start to expand the service. I have found this CAA site which works ...
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Should an aircraft registration match the flag next to it?

More specifically, I have noticed that on several of the aircraft of Blue Panorama Airlines, even though they are an airline based in Italy and the Italian flag (together with the EU flag) were on ...
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How can I get historic flight data by N-number?

I'd like to get flight data for the last 10-20 years for an aircraft for which I have an N-number. Basic information-locations and times of arrival and departure. Is there a free database which will ...
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What is the registration number of the 10,000th Airbus?

Recently, Airbus delivered its 10,000th aircraft (an A350 to Singapore Airlines). What is its registration number? I understand the registration number is specific to the airline, and has nothing to ...
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Why are aircraft registration details made public?

Recently, a friend asked me why aircraft registration details are made public since related car license plate numbers details are more regulated in access by law. Me, being an avgeek and taking this ...
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Where can I find records of old FAA registrations?

I know where to find details for FAA N-Number registrations. But where can I find records and details on older FAA NC, NR, NL, and NX numbers?
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How do you report reckless pilots?

I have never reported reckless behavior by other pilots to the FAA, but I have thought about it several times. The only problem is that usually I will only know the tail number, not the name of the ...
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What are the FAA requirements for when to use an airline call sign & flight number versus the aircraft registration number?

Is there any FAA guidance which specifies when a call sign & flight number or registration number must be used for Part 91 & 135 operations? I am familiar with the guidance on how to obtain ...
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How might one obtain aircraft registration numbers for past flights (months ago)?

I am trying to obtain tail numbers for some flights to retrospectively complete my 5 month old's new passenger flight log book. Antonakis, FlightRadar24 and FlightAware sites are not giving me the ...
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How are aircraft identified as unregistered?

When someone operates an unregistered vehicle on public roads we know how they are caught: Police routinely pull people over, and they always check registration of vehicles. In fact, police will ...
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How to locate the owner of a 5' styrofoam wing found in a field?

I found a 4-5' styrofoam wing in eastern Montana in a field. It has what looks like a registration number on it. How can I trace that number to try to return it?
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Why is an accident referred to by flight number instead of registration number of the airframe?

Most accidents are referred to by flight number, for instance MH17 or MH370 to name a few recent ones. Flight numbers are usually but not always retired after a crash. So why isn't referred to the ...
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Do commercial airliners have the tail number placed somewhere on a placard in the cockpit?

I notice, looking at pictures of various light singles, that the tail number of the aircraft is typically prominently displayed somewhere towards the top of the instrument panel. If it were your own ...
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How to determine the aircraft tail number on a particular flight?

How can one determine the registration number (i.e. N123AA) of the aircraft used on a particular flight, having the date, airline, flight number and city pair to start with?
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Are non-military aircraft allowed to fly with no registration numbers (tail numbers)?

There have been several news reports about aircraft (light planes and helicopters) flying without visible registration numbers or identifying marks in the USA: The NYPD referred to the helicopter ...
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Crimes committed on board [duplicate]

I know a similar question was asked here before, but there is a difference: Let's say person X is on a flight from Pakistan to Canada on PIA (national carrier of Pakistan). The aircraft lands at, say,...
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How to get registration from ICAO 24 bit code?

The description of PlanePlotter claims that it can determine the registration letters from the ICAO 24 bit address algorithmically for some countries. The only thing i got so far is how to get the ...
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Where to find information about number of seats knowing the aircraft Registration ID?

Let's say I have an aircraft registration id (not sure about exact name) like LN-DYO. Where can I find an information about configuration of the aircraft - i.e. ...
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How does the FAA decide whether an aircraft is deemed a helicopter?

This is a followup to this question. How does the FAA decide whether a new aircraft will is deemed to be a helicopter for licencing and registration purposes? Is there a law or regulation? Are there ...
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Should an aircraft's registration match with its tail number?

What are the requirements for an aircraft's tail number to match the registration? What happens if an aircraft changes its number? Is it grounded until the new number can be painted on?
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What are the registration requirements for US aircraft?

Where can the requirements for US aircraft registration be found? What is the penalty for flying an aircraft without a valid registration? What should someone do if they believe an aircraft to be ...
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What are the length requirement for US aircraft N-Numbers / registrations?

Many small aircraft registered in the US seem to have a registration that follows the pattern of N, 4 numbers, and ending in a letter. Sometimes they only have 4 characters, or less. And then there's ...
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What is the pilot's obligation to verify a registration has not expired?

Old registrations had no expiration date, so a pilot could get in a plane that is owned by someone else and verify the airworthiness and registration by inspecting the documents. But that registration ...
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Can you re-register a de-registered aircraft with the same N-number?

If I'm selling a plane that has been de-registered, can the new owner re-register the aircraft with the same number (or do they have to get a new one)? Does the airworthiness certificate transfer as ...
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Where did the US 'N' registration letter come from?

Why is the first letter in US registration numbers 'N'? Other countries seem to use a letter significant to their country, for instance 'G' for Great Britain, 'F' for France, 'D' for Germany (...