Special Designators

Model
Type Designator
Aircraft type not (yet) assigned a designator
ZZZZ
Airship
SHIP
Balloon
BALL
GliderGLID
Microlight aircraftULAC1
Microlight autogyroGYRO2
Microlight helicopterUHEL2
Powered parachute/ParaplanePARA
Sailplane
GLID
Ultralight aircraftULAC1
Ultralight autogyroGYRO2
Ultralight helicopterUHEL2

Note 1.— For the purposes of document 8643, micro-/ultra-light aircraft are those aircraft types with a maximum take-off mass of 454 kg/1 000 lb or less and a stalling speed not greater than 35 kt.

 

Note 2.— Micro-/ultra-light helicopters and gyrocopters are those helicopters or gyrocopters with a maximum certified take-off mass of 454 kg/1 000 lb or less.



Unmanned Aircraft (UA)


Designators to be used for unmanned aircraft (UA) having a maximum take-off mass of 454 kg/1 000 lb or less.


​Aircraft Capabilities

​Type Designator

​UA which is not capable of hover or vertical flight and needs to be in horizontal motion to sustain flight.

​FFLO
(forward flight lift only)

​UA which is capable of vertical flight and hover

​VFHC
(vertical flight and hover capability)



Note.— Tilt-rotor or tilt-wing UA, should use FFLO or VFHC depending on the aircraft capabilities for the particular operation.



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