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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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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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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 (...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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