FOIA Advisor

Q&A: airplanes flying amok

Q&A (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Q.  I would like to inquire about the cost of the white/blue trim small aircraft that fly all day in my neighborhood.  I do not live near a major airport.  The planes are loud and plentiful (every 2 minutes), and some of them have STATE printed in blue while others have numbers (for example N525ER and various others).  Are these government planes? I would like to know the cost to the taxpayer as well as the purpose of the aircraft if, in fact, these are government planes. 

A.  You can find airline registration information on the Federal Aviation Administration's website.  If you would like to make a FOIA request to the FAA, follow these agency instructions.