contrails15 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1181 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2889 times:
Just a random question here. Looks like most international carrier aircraft have there numbers on either above, below or both on the wings but I personally never seen it on a US carrier planes wings. My airline doesn't have it and just wanted to know if there any that do and if it is none why is that? I'm talking about commercial only aircraft.
srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 17289 posts, RR: 51 Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2835 times:
In many countries, their aviation regulations require that registration (and sometimes even the airline name) on the wings. I'm not sure when the regulation was changed here in the US (or if it was required at all), but airlines in the US did previously have the registration (and airline name) on their wings. It appears this practice ended sometime in the 1950s, but a/c retained them for some time until they were repainted. Some examples:
C680 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 561 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2716 times:
It's not a requirment in the USA, but if you have the paint and own the airplane, feel free to decorate it as you see fit.
Suggest you avoid painintg boots or heated leading edge surfaces as this could cause icing perfromance issues, paperwork, appologies, replacement parts, and a quick update to your resume.
canadiannorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3377 posts, RR: 9 Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2616 times:
Can't speak for other countries, but the CARs here in Canada say that for fixed wing aircraft the registration on the wings is completely optional.
However, it does say that with the registration painted only on the fuselage/tail area the letters must be at least 30cm high, but if one also paints it on the underside of the left wing (letters here must be at least 50cm high) then the fuselage letters only need to be 15cm high. Sometimes this helps to clean up a paint scheme, specially on smaller aircraft where the 30cm lettering on the side of the airplane starts to look a little out of proportion.
maxpower1954 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 991 posts, RR: 6 Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2581 times:
The large wing numbers were phased out beginning in 1958 in the U.S. None of the 707s, DC-8s, Electras and Convair 880s delivered to the airlines had them. The prototypes of the above all did. For the airliners that did have them, they were mostly gone by the early 1960s. The FAA required 12 high fuselage numbers on small civil aircraft by January 1, 1962. For some strange reason UAL painted the 12 inch numbers on the piston fleet and the Viscounts.
Today, if your aircraft was delivered with the wing numbers you can still have them. My 1957 Cessna 172 is restored to original and features the 20 inch high wing numbers.
crownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1728 posts, RR: 6 Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2142 times:
I have also noticed, that many foreign countries that had the wing registration requirement, seem to be phasing out this practice, particularly in Europe and Asia. Perhaps, as time goes on, less and less countries feel it is necessary.
On a side note, it is interesting to note, many recent Aeromexico MD-80 types flew w/ "N" numbers on their wings, when they were leased from U.S. lessors. This coincided w/ Mexican wing registration requirements, but I also think Mexico, may also be doing away with this.