iPlane Spotter is the aviation enthusiasts’ best friend. Every airworthy aircraft registered in the United States is required to display a registration or “N” number on the aircraft. Using that “N-number”, the enthusiast can quickly retrieve information about the aircraft (including model name), aircraft engine(s) and owner, right from their iPhone.
iPlane Spotter can now also search on just the last 3+ characters, so if you hear an abbreviated call sign on the radio, you can still search for it.
For air racers, the database includes race class, race numbers and pilot names. The only limitation is that access to the 3G network is required.
For warbird fans, iPlane Spotter includes an extensive list of active warbird nose art names, now with index, cross-referenced to the FAA registry. It also includes lists of aircraft by type (ex: P-51 Mustangs).
For aircraft registered in other countries, iPlane Spotter can be used to identify the country of origin. A complete list of the world’s aircraft registration prefixes (their version of the “N”) can be viewed.
So, the next time you spot an interesting aircraft at EAA Airventure or your local airport, you’ll be able to quickly identify the aircraft specifications, engine(s), owner and more.