Explanation: lots of people break the speed limit; this does not amount to the government condoning such behavior.How do you explain so many T-51 Mustangs flying with the registration under the horizontal stabilizer?
People ignorant of Part 45, or people who don't bother to comply with the FARs, coupled with lack of enforcement action by the FAA.How do you explain so many T-51 Mustangs flying with the registration under the horizontal stabilizer?
Wait five years. The RV-8 is almost 30 years old.I think you are going to have a hard time convincing the Feds that your sub scale Mustang is a replica. It has the same external configuration as my RV -8 (which also has stars and bars and invasion stripes), but I'm not about to claim an exemption from the FAR on this basis.
To date, no one (FAA) has complained about this. There are enough examples flying with this "configuration" that if there was a problem, it would be well known throughout the Titan community.I would think so long as it’s legible it probably falls under “don’t ask, don’t tell” for all practical purposes. Just don’t run into a FAA inspector with an axe to grind.
The FAA needs to define their terms.A stroll through the homebuilt parking / camping areas at Oshkosh will reveal many examples of N-numbers that do not comply with the FAA regulations.
That is also my interpretation and in discussing it with the DAR he agreed. My 75% Eindecker has 2" numbers under the horizontal tail. The FSDO inspector who was with the DAR at the inspection didn't question it, either.Example...they use the term replica, plus saying it must be "30 years old". They do not state scale, size, wingspan, or anything else that would help to define their intent.
Our position is (and we are not alone here) since they do not state that a replica must be the exact scale, and size, of the 30+ year old aircraft, we are perfectly complying with both the intent and the letter of the law.
Interesting.There is an exemption for warbird replicas with n-numbers under the stabilizer, though you have to apply for it:
I believe in some cases you can actually display no n-number at all.