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

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N-Number to ADS-B mode s code relationship

I just changed my n-Number. The new n-Number was approved on 21 December. I have already put the new n-Number on the plane, and I want to fly with it, but I read that the ADS-B aircraft identification ...
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How long can a foreign registry glider stay in the US before having to change the register to N or having to leave the country?

This is a qualification on a previous question, specifically for gliders. Here is the link to the answer to the more generic question. Juan Jimenez thanks for the answer there. As other sources ...
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Why do Airbus A220s manufactured in Mobile, AL have Canadian test registrations?

I noticed that there are occasionally test flights by Airbus A220 aircraft in and out of the Airbus production site at Mobile, Alabama (KMOB). Some of these aircraft use what are presumably test ...
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Why does this Curtiss Kittyhawk have a Question Mark in its squadron code?

There is a Curtiss Kittyhawk 1V undergoing restoration in the RAF Museum in London, with an unusual squadron marking. A comprehensive history of the aircraft can be found here, which says: The ...
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Can you disassemble a plane, then rebuild it, and register it as experimental amateur-built?

Could I buy a Cessna 172 or a similar plane, take it apart into as many pieces as I safely could without damaging it, rebuild it, and register it as amateur-built? Assume that I know what I'm doing ...
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What is the exact process to request an N-Number change while registering a purchased aircraft?

I just purchased an aircraft and have the Bill of Sale form signed by the seller. I understand that I need to submit the bill of sale (AC 8050-2) along with AC 8050-1 form to complete the registration....
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How can I get 8050-3 Registration amended?

How can I get 8050-3 Registration amended? Box 2 (Aircraft Manufacturer and Model) on 8050-1 Application shows 'MylastName, MyFirstName' and RV 9A as the Model. When I got my 8050-3 Registration back,...
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Different planes with same registration? How is it possible?

I've found a strange thing on fr24: a plane with a B757 icon, but on the photo was a B737. After a short search I see, both can be true. There is/was a plane B757, owned by DHL and a B737 owned by ...
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How do we renew an aircraft's expired FAA registration?

How do we renew an expired aircraft registration? It needs repair and is not airworthy. The loan on the aircraft was paid off. We may need to sell the aircraft and transfer the title. How is the ...
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Why does JetBlue have aircraft registered in Germany?

I recently saw a JetBlue A321 with a German flag on its tail and was wondering why it would be registered in Germany if it was a US-based carrier. I was thinking maybe it had something to do with ...
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How to correct these garbled tail numbers?

I have a collection of tail numbers of US aircraft which flew a bunch of domestic flights in the 2000's, but some of them seem to end with @ or ...
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What are the repercussions of flying an aircraft with an invalid N number on the side?

I have requested a new N number for my airplane a few months ago. Thinking the change would come through I had my airplane painted with the new number. What will happen if I fly it without the number ...
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Who owns B- registration? China or Taiwan?

Aircraft registration is unique to each aircraft. Each one begins with country code follow by numbers or characters. However wikipedia says that Taiwan and China both use prefix B. So who actually own ...
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Does North Korea's aircraft registration prefix allow for only 500 aircraft?

In the Wikipedia page about aircraft registration prefixes, we can see that North Korea has P-500 to P-999. Does that mean that it’s only allowed 500 planes? What happens when the registry is all used?...
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Tail numbers not starting with N, with domestic US carriers?

I'm looking at some of the on-time performance data made public by the US Bureau of Tranport Statistics, e.g. through here. These have the tail numbers of the aircraft used in commercial intra-US ...
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Why do countries place limits on what foreign-registered aircraft can do?

Just read in local news Israeli regulator is giving a hard time on a company operating regularly out of Israel a plane with foreign (US) registration. The company wants US registration to get better ...
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What is the historical reasons to start Belgians registrations with "OO-"?

For many countries, the registration number begins with a obvious letter (F for France, D for German (Deutschland I guess), C for Canada,...). For other, historical reasons have already been covered ...
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Can a registration number be reused indefinitely?

This answer highlights the fact that some registration numbers can be reused (here F-WZFD as a temporary registration number for newly built aircraft and 9V-SMF for a commercial airliner). This made ...
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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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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 registry?

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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Where can I find the ownership of a specific aircraft registered in the UAE?

Is there a website where I can find the ownership of a specific aircraft - or in my case a specific corporate jet - registered in the UAE? I am conducting some research on corporate jets and need some ...
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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? [closed]

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? [closed]

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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Which are the requirements to fly a N-registered aircraft operated by a non-US airline? [duplicate]

There are several non-US airlines which operate N-registered aircraft for domestic and international flights. Let's say for instance Avianca, which has N-registered aircraft but is a non-US airline (...
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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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