Mike, can you tell me the process for reserving a tail number? Larry
Sure. 1) Think up a tail # and some alternatives, in case your first choice is taken. 2) Search the registered and reserved number databases on http://www.landings.com to check for availability. 3) Call up the FAA in Oklahoma City at 405-954-4206. Ask them if your number is available. 4) Send a letter to: FAA/Aircraft Registration Branch/PO Box 25504/Oklahoma City, OK 73125. The letter should say you’d like to reserve a number. Say it is for a Cirrus SR20/SR22, manufactured by CD, that it hasn’t been built yet, and it is scheduled for delivery on XX/XX/200X. Include a check or money order, payable to the U.S. Treasury, for $10.00. You can include up to five numbers, in order of preference, in case your first choice is taken. If you get the number, it will be reserved for one year, and can be renewed.
I’ve done this twice, and both times it took under 3 weeks to get a letter back confirming the reservation.
Hope this info helps.