Certification question. What if I don't want a special N-number?

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  1. Oct 15, 2015 #1

    bifft

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    I am now in the final stages of building my RV, getting started on filling out the paperwork. Have a few questions about this, wondering if people who have gone there before may have hints. I supposed I can call the FAA, but thought I'd ask here first.

    Everything I read talks about reserving that special N-number. But what if I don't care what number I get? Just like I don't want vanity plates on my car, I'd rather my plane's number not mean anything. Can I just leave the registration number blank on the 8050-1?

    This:
    Amateur-Built Aircraft Registration

    Seems to imply you don't have to register one.


    Also on the 8050-88, what is meant by "U.S. Identification"? My name? Aircraft name? Either of these seem to have other fields on the form.
     
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    Turd Ferguson

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    Yes, leave it blank and they will assign something. You have to do this before the plane is inspected because the N-number has to be displayed before the FAA/DAR inspection. Also have to have the N-number kin order to complete FAA Form 8050-88.
     
  3. Oct 17, 2015 #3

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    Thanks for your input. I went ahead and called the FAA. The "U.S. Identification" line on the 8050-88 is also for the N-number, and it is Ok to leave it blank, or to use "next available number" if you don't have a number reserved. Blank on the 8050-1 is also Ok.

    Just in case somebody else has the same question and finds this thread on a search.
     

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