Unreadable Data Plate



Data plates are required to show the manufacturer, model and serial number, and they must be legible. It’s highly unlikely that one like this would pass a ramp check.

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Vic Syracuse
Vic is a fixed-wing and helicopter commercial pilot, CFII with ASMEL/ASES ratings, an A&P/IA, DAR, and EAA technical advisor and flight counselor. Passionately involved in aviation for over 40 years, he has built 11 aircraft and logged over 10,000 hours in 72 different kinds of aircraft. Vic volunteers as a Young Eagle pilot, has his own sport aviation business called Base Leg Aviation, and has written two books on aircraft prebuy and condition inspections.


  1. Aluminum data plates can be read from the back side if the rivets are drilled out. Front surface wear does not go all the way through aluminum.


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