FAA Aircraft Registry
|Source||Federal Aviation Administration|
|File Size||290 MB|
NICAR provides the data in two ways: As a one-time purchase or as an annual subscription with monthly updates.
This dataset also includes three additional tables. One lists all individuals/businesses registered as aircraft dealers and another lists all individuals/entities that requested to reserve a particular N-number.
Record layouts and samples of this database
|Data sample (Faareg.xls)||55.0 KB|
|Record layout (FAAREG_layout_1.txt)||12.5 KB|
|Main documentation (readme.txt)||12.1 KB|
- Covering the Military
This tipsheet includes a story about the Osprey, an aircraft that the military has spent millions of dollars on and that has claimed the lives of several soldiers. It explains who the men were that died, what went wrong during the many test flights and why the government continues to spend money on it. It also includes documents and charts that the journalists used to write the story.
- The war on terror: From ghost planes to secret renditions
A list of resources for tracking airplanes and flights in the USA.
- Covering transportation
This tipsheet is a primer on the transportation beat. Milliron gives some general tips and then delves into specific web links and other info on planes, trains and automobiles.
- Covering a Plane Crash
Great source of information when trying to cover a plane crash. Includes what to do when it’s a small crash compared to a major crash. Also included is a list of sources around the country and on the internet. A story which is not available for download concerning the crash investigation of flight 427 is also provided.
- Aviation Security: Tracking data & paper
Marchak of the Plain Dealer how to work off deadline on the aviation beat. The handout offers tips how to put in use GAO reports and other audits, and how the Federal Aviation Administration works.
- Polk Seminar on Public Safety
This 11-point tip sheet offers helpful advice on how and when to use data in the event of an airline crash, how to prepare the newsroom, which agencies are helpful sources of information.
- The Osprey
A 60 Minutes investigation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ MV-22 “Osprey” aircraft reveals serious mechanical problems that contributed to two crashes in 2000, which killed 23 Marines. 60 Minutes also reports that “senior officers in the Osprey squadron had deliberately falsified maintenance records and lied about the aircraft’s readiness — in an apparent effort by the Marine Corps to win Pentagon approval for full production of the aircraft, at a projected cost to U.S. taxpayers of $41 billion.”
- Flying Too High
“1 in 300 small planes are involved in fatal accidents each year.” In 1999 there were almost double the number of deaths as there were fatal accidents, meaning that unsafe pilots are putting more than just themselves at risk. Small airline lobbying group Airline Owners and Pilots Association would like to keep out government regulation of this area though. They are also resiting fees for general aviation pilots that are currently subsidized by fees from commercial travelers. The article presents an in-depth discussion of the issue of increasing regulation for general aviation, a group that is largely constituted by the affluent and by business.
- Fatal Flight – The Mystery at Marlboro Airport
Seven years after a seemingly accidental private airplane crash, the Asbury Park Press found evidence that forced the reopening of the federal investigation. The original NTSB investigation of a fatal 1998 plane crash in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, determined that the accident was caused by a bird strike, but the Asbury Park Press consulted experts who determined that sabotage was the most likely cause. The pilot, who died in the crash, had previously testified in a lawsuit that he suspected his planes were being sabotaged. A disputed land deal involving the township’s airport provided a motive for murder.
- Secret Planes
This investigation by the associated press discovers two Gulfstream jets purposely sending suspected terrorists to countries practicing techniques of tortune. This report was the first to document evidence linking these secret planes to the U.S. government and “revealed the true function of an agency buried deep in the Pentagon bureaucracy.”
- Governor’s Travels
WSMT-TV’s “investigation found the governor of Tennessee and his family had taken more than 50 free flights on corporately owned jets over a three-year period. These flights include a trip to a Puerto Rico resort, a trip to a golf resort in California, vacation travel to Wyoming and frequent transportation to the governor’s vacation home in Florida. Companies with large state contracts donated many of the trips. The governor also spent hours in the company of lobbyists, including one lobbyist from U.S. Tobacco and another from a nursing home chain coming under scrutiny from state regulators. None of the governor’s trips were ever publicly disclosed.”
- Craft had history of problems
This same-day story notes the record of equipment defects for a DC-9 cargo plane that crashed during takeoff. A review of 32 FAA Service Difficulty Reports on the plane filed by its operator noted landing gear malfunctions, cracks and corrosion in the plane structure, and loose, cracked, stripped or frozen parts in the landing gear door, cabin and cargo doors.
- Wear and tear: Jet problems reported by airlines vary widely
This Times’ investigation revealed gaps in federal records meant to track mechanical problems on U.S. jetliners. In examining FAA Service Difficulty Reports from January 1987 to January 1989, the newspaper uncovered how airlines failed to provide key information in the reports. Of the more than 2,400 reports filed, 1,700 failed to include the name of the airline submitting the report. In one case, the tail number N2FOR was used to identify four different airplane models made by three manufacturers and operated by six airlines.
- Fewer Crashes Caused by Pilots
This USA Today analysis of 22 years of crash data and several dozen interviews shows that the number of commercial airplane crashes caused by pilot error has decreased substantially. However, plenty of crashes are still occurring, they are just caused by poor maintenance. The federal government required minimal training for mechanics after they’ve been licensed, and the airplane industry often opposes improvements in maintenance because they are too costly. The article has a lot of good statistics about airplane crashes.