Aircraft Type in a FAA Flight Plan

Filing a FAA flight plan and not sure what to put in the aircraft type box? Lets go through some common examples and how to find out what what to put for your aircraft.

Old FAA Flight Plan (Form 7233-1)

Aircraft type is section 3 in the old (being phased out in 2017) FAA flight plan form:FAA Flight Plan Aircraft Type

New International (and valid for Domestic) ICAO Flight Plan (Form 7233-4)

The new ICAO flight plan form is the ‘preferred’ format, and will be your only option when the FAA phase out the old form in 2017. It says ‘international’ at the top, but this form is good for both international and domestic flight plans, The aircraft type is part of section 9 in the new ICAO form:

ICAO Flight Plan Aircraft Type

Searchable ICAO Aircraft Type Designators

The FAA guidance (FAA ICAO Flight Planning Interface Reference Guide) says the aircraft type must be “an approved type designator consistent with ICAO Doc. 8643”. You can find the full searchable list of ICAO compliant designators at

ICAO Searchable Aircraft Type Designators

And if you are flying something that is not listed (maybe a home built experimental), you can
insert the characters ZZZZ and enter the aircraft type in the remarks section 11 (or other information section 18 on an international ICAO flight plan).

So lets go through some relatively common examples of aircraft and their ICAO type designators:

  • Robinson R22 (all models) = R22
  • Robinson R44 (all models) = R44
  • Schweizer 300 = H269
  • Enstrom F28 = EN28
  • Guimbal Cabri G2 = G2CA
  • AS350  or H125 = AS50
  • EC130  or H130 = EC30
  • Bell 206 (JetRanger & LongRanger) = B06
  • Bell 407 = B407

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