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To use this application, just type in an N-Number (minus the letter N) and click on the "Search" button above. Here are some basic N-Number rules:
N-Numbers do not exceed five characters in length
N-Numbers start with a number between 1 and 9
Many N-Numbers end in an alpha character (example: 2033D is a valid N-Number)
N-Numbers cannot have a numeric character directly after an alpha character (example: 45H8 is not a valid N-Number)
Once the data is retrieved, a [toggle stylesheet] link will appear above the top-right corner of the data table. You may click on this link to toggle between two sets of background color schemes for the data table.
ABOUT THIS APPLICATION
This web application obtains FAA Aircraft Registration data in real time from the
FAA's Civil Aviation Registry website
custom web service
developed at home at my own expense (in other words: on my own time and dime).
The web service provider scrapes data from the FAA's Registry website for a given N-Number and then produces a custom XML-based file that can be read by virtually any xml-compliant consumer application (regardless of computer development language or Operating System environment).
sample xml output file
for N-Number 2033D.
This web page (one that consumes the output of the web service) is one I also developed (again on my own time and dime) to display the data returned by the web service provider in an appealing and user-friendly format. Both applications are programmed in Visual Basic ASP.NET.
As of 9 December, 2004, I've added real-time
data to this app (via another of my own time/dime web services). If an N-Number match is found, NTSB data will be displayed at the bottom of the dataset. If no match is found, no NTSB data is displayed.
As of 19 December, 2004, I've added real-time
FAA Type Certificate Data Sheet
data to this app (via another of my own time/dime web services). If an Aircraft Model match is found, FAA TCDS data corrosponding to the assigned and/or deregistered aircraft model will be displayed near the bottom of the dataset. If no match is found using the complete Model name, then no FAA TCDS data will be displayed.
As of 8 January, 2005, I've added real-time
FAA Service Difficulty Reporting
data to this app (using another of my own time/dime web services). If an N-Number match is found, FAA SDR data corrosponding to the queried N-Number will be displayed near the bottom of the dataset. If no match is found, then no FAA SDR data will be displayed.
As of 17 March, 2005, in an effort to speed up the processing and display of data, I've added asynchronous handling of the web service calls. Basically the three web services that require an N-Number input string are now invoked simultaneously.
As of 20 November, 2005, the AircraftData web service and this website are now based on Microsoft's ASP.NET 2.0 and written and compiled with Visual Studio 2005.