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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...