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Drone Spotters

The most complete register of drone tail numbers in the world.

A news story required an investigation into UAS tail numbers. We couldn’t find a collection of them anywhere so I thought we had better start it. In theory, these should be the hardest aircraft tail numbers to spot as the platforms are supposed to find things covertly in general!

There will be many more of these about in the future…

If aircraft spotting is your thing and you would like to help, then please email me [email protected], it’s not an area of expertise for me! There are bound to be mistakes here to start with but over time it should get more accurate.

Should Twitter be your weapon of choice then please add a #dronespotter hashtag and I will see your tail numbers more easily. You could also leave at comment on the Facebook Page.

If any of  these airframes are ADSB equipped it might even appear on Planefinder.net.

In theory anything with an N number should be going about peaceful business. There are many thousands of sUAS and larger platforms operated by the military. But I think the civil sector will outnumber them within 5 years, maybe less.

DJI are well ahead of the pack. It should be remembered that most of AeroVironments entries were from pre 333 days along with several other vendors with aircraft using the normal COA system.

There are also quite a few people registered as manufacturers by the FAA using 3DR or DJI platforms but in the big scheme of things they make a very small percentage difference.

These are all work-in-progress and we are always looking at ways to display our data better so check back every now and then to see what geeky ways we have come up with to show all the bits.

To view the registration table with a list of drone registrations for a country, click on that country on the map below (scroll-wheel zoom-able), then the registration list will appear below the map. (It might take a second or two to load after clicking depending on your internet connection speed)

TIP: For scrolling around the USA registration list I have found the keyboard arrow keys most useful.

Acknowledgements: adf-serials teamUK SerialsUSAF IncidentsAviation LinksFAA

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