PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12094 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3761 times:
Yes it is to me as well. I don't collect registrations of normal aircraft, just the ones I fly on - so when I forget to write it down, or it it is not possible to see the reg then it's a bit of a bummer. It helps immensely with trip reports, and that I tend to only buy ready made models of the aircraft (exact registrations) which I have actually flown on.
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LXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3749 times:
Yes, I always get the registration of all my flights. Fortunately, my first flight was at age 11 and I was already interested in aviation by then - so I got the registrations of each and every of my 1023 flights so far! It's great to look up the history of each of the airplanes I flew. Sometimes I find out that I already was on one particular aircraft when it operated for a differenct company under a different identity....
Quoting AlexEU (Reply 4): How do you spot reg number if you enter the a/c via airbridge?
Look out the windows before you board. Sometimes it's not easy to see, depending on the angle and especially when it's dark outside. I always carry small binoculars for such instances. In the worst case, I will ask the crew (and try to reconfirm it with my own eyes when I disembark...)
N231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3723 times:
Yes, its nice to see where a particular aircraft I have flown on has gone/its status/life.
As for getting the number, I look out the window when boarding to see it. You could also look at nose gear doors, ask the pilot, or find the Airworthiness Certificate (USA) or equivalent.
Even if that doesn't work, if in the USA, you could go to the Bureau of Transportation Statitics, and if your airline report, you can backtrack (ie, your flight number, times, departure/destination, etc).
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3417 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3711 times:
I usually try to get the reg of the aircraft I fly on. I don't put a whole lot of effort in so in the average trip I always seem to miss/forget/etc some, so overall I only get like half of the aircraft I fly on, but after it is kinda interesting to go look at the history of the aircraft.
So I do care, I just get lazy and/or forget and end up doing a pretty half-ass job when it actually comes time to get off my rear end and go find it and write it down somewhere.
TrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2469 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3707 times:
I think most true airliner enthusiasts care about the registration number. For me, it's interesting knowing how old the aircraft is, what previous carriers if any it has flown for, if it had been involved in any incidents, etc. When a fleet is small it's less significant to me, but when I fly on an AA MD-80, for example, I always make sure I get it. I've flown on Mad Dogs built as early as 1983 and as late as 1999, there is quite a large age gap in their fleet. Also have been on N454AA, which has had a couple incidents in the last few years.
Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 3): when I forget to write it down, or it it is not possible to see the reg then it's a bit of a bummer.
In a worse case scenario where the registration is not visible, just ask the gate agent. They should be able to easily check the database to find out. In the states, you will usually first get a suspicious "why do you ask?", however.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3699 times:
That's a MUST for me!!! In all my flights I had the chance to get the registrations...the most difficult one was my first and only flight in an AC airplane...I was late for boarding, I rushed in the plane without almost even seeing it and when I arrived to YYZ was late at night via the airbridge. I was lucky to see the fleet number on the nose wheel, then I put a message on the A.Net regarding that number and some nice canadian enthusiasts gave me the registration right away!
AerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 8082 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3698 times:
It is a must. I don't board the flight until I identify the rego from the window
Quoting AlexEU (Reply 4): Question : How do you spot reg number if you enter the a/c via airbridge?
the easiest way for the smaller aircraft if you can't see it from the terminal is to check the s/n plate by the door. In the 733 it is on the top of the door, between the door seals, on the 320 it is to the right or left of the door (dep on airline/config)
I was an "enthusiast" at such an early age, I'm told my first word was "jet", but keeping track of registration numbers has never held any interest for me at all. I still think the sights, sounds, smells and feels of aviation are rivaled by few things in life, but keeping track of what I've seen when or where, or what I've flown on, I simply couldn't care less. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. I do toss all of my airline tickets and boarding passes in a box to keep though.
Access-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1942 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3619 times:
I ALWAYS get the tail number and If I know that I wont be able to see it because of airport restricted viewing or the time of day being dark outside then I usually ask the crew....I explain to them that I log all my passenger flights....and they seem to be very understanding and helpful..However, I try and avoid that avenue if I can as most flight attendants these days seem to be so spastic in their mannerisms that they litterally shit themselves if you smile at them the wrong way....
But yes, the tail number is the ESSENTIAL part of the flight....One of these days, the guys and gals that dont bother with the tail numbers will never know if one of the planes they fly on becomes "famous".....
My most famous plane is/was N612UA.....9/11 WTC 2.......See what I mean????
OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 29581 posts, RR: 59
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3599 times:
When I was a kid I used to buy the aircraft reg book and my Dad and I used to go to LHR and mark off what we saw. Since actually working in the airline and travel industry in general I have lost that excitement I used to get from planespotting. I now love just flying in the A/C , experiencing the product of each airline and seeing new places. I only take the Reg down for my TR's as I know certain members like that so its no big deal for me to add them .
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3595 times:
In 1987, I flew LAX-JFK on a TWA 747 and EWR-LAX on a UA DC-10. Two years later was the Sioux City crash, and nine years later was the TWA 800 accident.
I regret not writing down the registration numbers now, as I wonder often if one or both of the planes I flew on came to a catastrophic end. I am not saying I dwell on it, but it is unpleasant knowing that it could have been my flight.
Since then, I record the registry of every plane I fly on - and so far, no losses.
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ERJ135 From Aruba, joined Nov 2000, 708 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3577 times:
There was a time when I was a manic rego collector particularly when I used to fly for work and wanted to see if I could fly on every aircraft in an airlines fleet. I achieved that with a couple of aircraft types. Now a days I'm more interested in flying something that I had not flown on before for example on a recent trip to the USA I had Air Tahiti Nui, TED, Frontier, Alaska< Horizon, Skywest and Shuttle America all for the first time and flew on an A319 Q400 and an Embraer 170. I could not however tell you what rego they had because I don't care anymore.
I remember when the DC-3 was new!
: - Yes, I spot planes so keep the reg details and where spotted and keep a database on flown types to/from reg etc M
: ya, i care, two of the most annoying things for me are "unknowns" and "duplicates." Unknowns i can't really do anything about other than record as muc
: Reg numbers are logged with yours truly and have been since 1961. There are a couple of NW DC-9's I have flown 10 times. I would not know this unless
: You said exactly what I wanted to say. All you need is the tail number of that plane and you have the plane's entire history at your fingertips. Unfo
: Only when I am on duty... If traveling privat then I dont care about the registration... And I dont put it into my flightmemory.com! I only put the ai
: Yes, I log them (along with other details - see http://meine.flugstatistik.de/michanzl ). However, only started that in 2001. I kept track of all my f
: Well only for the Boeing 777 regional flights with SQ, to find out if I will have AVOD or not. Generally the Check-in agent will tell me, and if I am