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    Lightbulb Inexpensive aircraft data plate solution

    I was looking around for inexpensive solutions for data plates online and it occurred to me that GI-style stainless steel dog tags might work since an E-AB need only include the name of the builder, model and serial number. I can't find any specific size requirement for the plate or the text in the regs, just "firepoof" and "secured" and "legible," but the dog tags are a bit too small and the lines are too short if you have a long name.

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    Then I stumbled across the site below that sells dog tags and also offers "industrial nameplates" about 3-3/8" x 2-1/8" in .016" stainless with attachment holes in the corners and room for up to ten lines of text with 30 characters per line. The cost is just $14 including postage. Here's a sample a whipped up on their site:

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    https://www.mydogtag.com/industrial-nameplate
    https://www.mydogtag.com/faq.php#dog...card-nameplate

    I have no connection to the site, just thought I'd share.

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    Actually, the EAA dataplate is available for only $7.99 plus shipping https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa-shop/home...ilt-data-plate

    It is also included in the EAA Amateur-Built Certification Kit, along with the EXPERIMENTAL decal and Step-By-Step Certification guide which is available to EAA members for $12.99 + shipping and non-members for $19.99 + shipping https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa-shop/home...tification-kit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Hoversten View Post
    Actually, the EAA dataplate is available for only $7.99 plus shipping https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa-shop/home...ilt-data-plate

    It is also included in the EAA Amateur-Built Certification Kit, along with the EXPERIMENTAL decal and Step-By-Step Certification guide which is available to EAA members for $12.99 + shipping and non-members for $19.99 + shipping https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa-shop/home...tification-kit
    Thats certainly true, Tim, but those are blank plates that must then be stamped or engraved. The link I sent was for one plate or two dog tags already embossed with the information required.
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    Nice find...thanks for sharing! Any suggestions otherwise for this dataplate?
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    I would include the year or date.

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    Of course, you can certainly include whatever additional info you want, and from the selection of pre-made data plates out there (and what goes on certified aircraft) lots of people seem to go crazy.

    http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catego..._aircraft.html

    I was surprised to learn from EAA's own page on the subject that there are only five things that have to be included, and two don't apply to experimental, amateur-built aircraft:

    "45.13 Identification data.
    (a) The identification required by 45.11(a) and (b) shall include the following information:
    (1) Builder's name.
    (2) Model designation.
    (3) Builder's serial number.
    (4) Type certificate number, if any.
    (5) Production certificate number, if any"

    https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/aviation-...ons/data-plate

    I could see including "Experimental Amateur-Built" as Blue750 did above, which serves to explain why there are no type/production certificate numbers listed, but otherwise I'd keep it simple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue750 View Post
    Nice find...thanks for sharing! Any suggestions otherwise for this dataplate?
    Is your serial "#001" or "001"?

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    The serial number is 001, but "SERIAL NO.: 001" is not as visually pleasing to my eye as depicted above. Is there a possibility this would be not allowed for my airworthiness inspection as is? Easy enough to change if it might present a problem...

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    I was wondering what people put for year or date of their build. Would you use start date or finish date? Format, month/year?

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    I doubt any inspector would care but "serial number" abbreviatiation that seem most accepted include SN, S/N, Ser. No., and Serial No. I wouldn't put any year at all but I think year of completion only seems most logical if you do put one.
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