Your Copilot In Aircraft Purchases

From initial research to final ferry flight, we help you find the best aircraft for your mission and steer you clear of the pitfalls. Use our comprehensive AI appraiser, our backlog of years of listings, and see the hidden history for every plane on the market - all for free.

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Aircraft Listings since 2018

Context is king in aircraft purchasing. See every time a listing was listed before in our back-catalog, and quickly pick up on whether it's a lemon.


Average Daily Price Changes Logged

Every day, nearly 400 listings shift their prices, on average by 5% downwards. Stay on top of this signal with our price change notification stream.


Subscriber Aircraft Intel Items

Tell us what you're in the market for, and we'll take it from there. Automated price change and new aircraft alerts matching your exact mission criteria.


Auto-Appraiser Accuracy

Judging a plane price is a pain. VREF is always lagging the market, and every listing is unique. Use our battle-tested AI appraiser to do the legwork for you.

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N-Number Lookup

Need a plane's pedigree? Use our N-Number lookup tool, the fastest, least hassle history lookup available online.

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In the market? Enter any Trade-A-Plane, Controller,, or AVWeb search URL to start getting hand-tailored analysis.

Quick Listing Lookup

Need a quick sense of if a plane's a good deal? Enter any Trade-A-Plane, Controller,, or AVWeb listing URL to get our take.

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Comprehensive listing history. Know every aircraft.

VREF, FAA, NTSB, SDR, FlightAware - we've already covered all those bases.

Use our centralized reports that merge registration, accident, listing, pricing, and flight history all in one place.

Review thousands of listings across many years to quickly understand the market for any make/model within a matter of minutes.

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All your mission-matched aircraft. In one single feed.

Everybody has a hit-list of searches they run on the major listing sites.

Submit your searches into our engine, and we'll take care of the rest.

We check your searches for any changes, and keep track of them all so you don't waste your time.

The most detailed aircraft reports. All for free.

Appraising an aircraft is expensive. VREF only tells part of the story.

We go beyond just pricing make/models and provide unique appraisals that account for everything from engine time to accident history across 1,000+ features.

We track every flight every aircraft takes, and link every registration change, accident, and listing history for every aircraft on the market so you don't waste your time doing the forensics work yourself.

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What our users say about Aircraft Lookup

“As a newer pilot who has been actively watching listings for my first plane, Aircraft Lookup has saved me time by sending me new listings with pricing guidance.
These pricing estimates give me a starting point on how competitively priced a plane is, and getting updates on price changes gives me further insight on how negotiable prices might be on a given plane.”
“Aircraft Lookup helps me to analyze, structure and organize the foggy market of second hand planes.
It definitely helps to have a clear understanding of the value of an aircraft, how fast it depreciates and if this is a good deal or not relative to the rest of the market. Aircraft Lookup is a huge value-add.

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Aviation Datasets Explained

Aircraft Lookup allows anyone to quickly search public datasets published by various aviation administrative services as well as marketplaces and other private aviation data providers in the United States. These datasets provide valuable insight into the history and maintenance record of any aircraft registered in the US. When you provide an N-Number above, we cross reference historical SDR, FAA, and NTSB datasets to identify any relevant records related to that N-Number.

As you may be aware, N-Numbers are not connected to an aircraft for the life of that aircraft - N-Numbers may be deregistered, and re-registered to completely different aircraft. For that reason, please confirm that the details of any search result correspond to the make and model you intended to pull records for.

SDR, FAA, and NTSB databases are provided as follows:

The Service Difficulty Reports (SDR) dataset is defined as "[t]he reports submitted by certificate holders and certificated repair stations, known as service difficulty reports (SDR's), provide the FAA with airworthiness statistical data necessary for planning, directing, controlling, and evaluating certain assigned safety-related programs." This data is, in its raw form, a tab-delimited file with encoded field headers.

The FAA Registration dataset is fairly straightforward - it is a listing of current registrations (along with addresses, aircraft serial number, and other basic metadata) at any point in time. The registration data is a comma delimited file that has named fields at the top of each file. The FAA provides historical data on their site for the previous few years.

The FAA Accident/Incident dataset covers a range of accidents and incidents that may or may not overlap with NTSB data. Typically, more significant crashes are covered by NTSB data while less significant crashes are more comprehensively covered by the FAA Accident/Incident data, which will frequently include minor events like gear-up landings and so forth. The data provided by the FAA is in a tab-delimited file with encoded field headers.

The NTSB investigation dataset is distinct from the FAA dataset. While the number of accidents or incidents they cover are less numerous, the depth at which they are covered is significantly deeper when reported by the NTSB. While each record from the NTSB contains incredible amounts of metadata related to people responsible for the flight, prevailing meteorological conditions at the time of flight, and passengers aboard, this aircraft lookup tool only provides basic summary data. The full dataset is provided as a series of Microsoft access file databases on the NTSB site.