Anyone can easily discover the registered owner of light aircraft flying overhead. With the right video camera and internet connection to the FAA website, it’s rather simple –
Ever wondered who owns the small plane or helicopter flying over your home or workplace? These people are usually elite.
Whether piloting the craft themselves or simply the owner, it’s fairly straightforward to find out who owns the aircraft in the sky.
The first thing needed is a good camcorder with a powerful built-in ZOOM. I recommend Panasonic, whether new or used, eBay will have the best price.
Here are some recommend models :
As of posting, a good price on a Panasonic HC-V201 camcorder was found for auction on eBay:
The Panasonic HC-V201 is the one used for this report – purchased on eBay for around $35. It comes with a 72x optical zoom which works great for capturing the N-number off the back of the aircraft tail section, required by the FAA.
The ZOOM on the HC-V201 has three settings: 72x (optical) 100x (enhanced) and 2,500x (worthless). The 100x setting was used for this report.
It’s also great for shooting the MOON:
Panasonic’s tiny camcorders work better than regular SLR cameras. Besides the obvious zoom, you can slow the footage down on replay, zeroing in on the N-number with clarity, before freezing the frame and recording the aircraft registration number to enter into the FAA database to find its owner.
Once you have identified the aircraft registration N-number from the back of the plane, simply go to the the FAA website and type it in (omitting the letter “N”) to find the name or company of the owner.
For example: N79884 is one of the aircraft registration identification numbers (N-number) captured from a small plane (below) repeatedly flying over my property in Langley, Washington.
After entering 79884 into the ‘FAA Registry N-Number Inquiry’ and hitting “submit” the results for this particular N-number revealed the owner below.
Here’s a photo of the owner of that particular aircraft flying over my property. After conducting a name search, it turns out he happens to be a flight instructor based in Arlington, Washington – and a Jew. Who knew?
Another plane captured flying overhead above my property belongs to Dr. Barbara G Schach of Kirkland, Washington, who also is a Jew.
Further N-Numbers include Todd Stabler, MBA, who appears to be a Mason based in Bellevue, Washington.
Most however are LLC’s….