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Who Uses These Call Signs At Toronto's YYZ?  
User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2574 times:

Hi guys.

I've been spending more time reading your posts in this forum lately (90% of the time I'm in the Tech forum), and I very impressed by the info being shared and learned. I also didn't realize how fast this forum moves....holly smokes!!!

Anyways, I've noticed that there's a good handful of members from Toronto and the surrounding areas in this forum, so the following questions have a great chance at being answered.

I have a new ICOM-R2 receiver that I've been listening to for the last month and a bit.

For the life of me, I can't figure out who's using these 3 call signs when they check in with Toronto's arrival controllers. They're not airlines on the GTAA's arrival schedule.

The call signs are...."Georgian" (or Georgia), "Sky Tours", and "Air Shuttle". I've even heard "Speedbird" a few times.

Any info about what airlines are using these call signs would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Chris  Smile








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User currently offlineHaveric From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1247 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

Speedbird is British Airways.

Eric


User currently offlineFLYYUL From Italy, joined Jun 2000, 4994 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

Sppedbird - British Airways

Air Shuttle - USAirways Express

Georgian - Air Georgian

Mark


User currently offlineAC340 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2541 times:

Skytour is Skyservice

Cheers,

AC340


User currently offlineBa777-236 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 674 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2542 times:

I'm not a 100% sure, but I'd take a wild guess and say that Sky Tours is the call-sign for Airtours. They fly to YYZ using 330's and sometimes 763's.


I like British Airways! I'm not sure why, but I do! ;-)
User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2530 times:

Spaceman -

You may hear ‘Candler’ arriving from Atlanta. That is ASA.

Here is a list of call signs from the FAA:
Callsigns


Ba777-236:

Airtours (UK) is 'KESTREL'

and like AC340 mentioned, 'SKYTOUR' is Skyservice.






User currently offlineDesert_dweller From Canada, joined Apr 2002, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2517 times:


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Here is a pic of a 747 British Airways and flying over saudi arabia, and if u look closely to the caption u will read: "Wing View- From 'Speedbird 012' SIN-LHR"... I know someone already told u that speedbird is BA, but i just wanted to verify that with a picture.

-ramz-  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2492 times:

Hi guys.

Thanks for that information.

I had a feeling that Skytour was actually Skyservice because of how many flights they have in and out of Toronto and I was never hearing the word Skyservice, but, when I did hear a pilot use the word "Skyservice" yesterday, it made me wonder what the deal was.

I'm happy to know that Air Shuttle is USAirways Express and not a small operation that's flying C-208 Caravans or King Air's, etc, around Ontario.

Speedbird as a callsign is really cool sounding for any airliner. Now I know it's for British Airways.

Georgian, however, has got me stumped.  Sad The Greater Toronto Airport Authority's (GTAA) arrival schedule doesn't have one Air Georgian flight listed, and I hear a lot of them checking in with Toronto's ATC. Can someone tell me what type of aircraft they are flying. There's no photos of this airline in A.Net's database either, but, they're out there.

Chris  Smile





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User currently offlineDesert_dweller From Canada, joined Apr 2002, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2481 times:

Hey finally! I found out what the callsign georgian is for... It belongs to an Air Alliance, Beech 1900D.... The caption of the photo below reads "C-GZGA Taxying for morning takeoff rwy #17. Callsign 'Georgian'."


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User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3038 posts, RR: 36
Reply 9, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2483 times:
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this should clear up Georgian for you:

B1900Ds, Air Canada-ish Colors, Air Alliance on the side  Smile Georgian operates as Air Alliance out of YYZ, thats why they arent listed... depending on where you're looking they will be listed as Air Alliance, Jazz or Air Canada (Air Canada Regional/Connection sometimes even, mostly on sites that havent been updated in a while or that have been mis-translated for whatever reason...).



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User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2476 times:

Chris Air Georgian is the tier three carrier for Air Canada, their flights operate on behalf of Air Canada. The packing order in Air Canada Mainline, the Air Canada spin offs, Air Canada Jazz, and finaly Air Georgian. They will not be listed on tht GTAA site as Air Georgian. Their aircraft fly for AC under the Air Alliance banner....


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User currently offlineAviationman From Canada, joined Dec 1999, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2464 times:

Heard a good one today from ramp guys. In YOW, the guys are calling SkyService....."SkyCircus".....so disorganized and lost.



User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2453 times:

OOOPs that should have read "pecking" order.  Smile

Aviationman, I think C3 still takes the SkyCircus award of the century Smile Around here we call Skyservice Sky Hoores...(No offence to roots girl of course, or any SSV employee) Just sounds like tours  Smile



"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2451 times:

Doesn't Georgian operate cargo flights under its own name?

LY744.



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User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

Hi guys.

Wow, like I mentioned in my origional post....this forum is fast!!!  Big thumbs up

Thanks a lot for clearing up the callsign "Georgian" for me. Air Alliance's Beech 1900s are always flying over my home along with the rest of the gang. Now I know it's one of them when I hear the word "Georgian" over my receiver.

>NorthStarDC4M, you're correct about how the GTAA's arrival & departure schedule does not have Jazz or Air Alliance's flights listed under their own name. They are all listed under Air Canada, as you mentioned. I'll be able to differentiate between them though, because I've been making my own list of FLT numbers, and can tell when an Air Canada FLT on the GTAA's schedule is actually a Jazz (and now an Air Alliance).

Thanks to the link posted by FlyingTexan, I figured out who the heck is checking in with Toronto's ATC by using the callsign "Piedmont". It's US Airways Express's Dash-8s. I'm not sure if their ERJ-145 regional jets fly under the same callsign, but, the photo below proves that their Dash-8s do.

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Chris  Smile








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User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2446 times:

LY744 yes you are right Georgian has a couple of Cessna Caravans, and an B1900C that they use to fly mail/cargo around Ontario and the surrounding area, They also charter their a/c out from time to time when they are not being used for the Air Alliance operation. I heard last year that they may split the company in two and make the Alliance division a subsidiary, but so far that has not happened.


"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2442 times:

Mister Spaceman –

You are most welcome for the link. I always appreciate when other a.net users post links of interest and now that I am a user; I like to reciprocate the favor.

Some of the more unique call signs you hear in US and North American airspace are ‘Citrus’ for AirTran and ‘Jet Link’ for ExpressJet (COEX). The most recent iteration of National had the call sign ‘Red Rock.’

Take care –


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9644 posts, RR: 68
Reply 17, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2432 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
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How about HP? Cactus.

User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2425 times:

I see those Georgian C208s and B1900s around here all the time (around 4-5 movements daily).


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LY744.



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User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2367 times:

Hi guys.

I find the photo above of the Cessna 208 Caravan that LY744 posted very interesting.

The paint scheme on those 208s (which I see flying into YYZ and Buttonvile Municipal Airport -YKZ), is almost identical to the livery of long gone Canadian Airlines, accept that the dark blue is on the opposite part of the fuselage (Top vs Bottom).

Even the tails of the C-208 and Canadian's airliners have the same 5 silver stripes.

Question: Did Canadian Airlines once own these C-208s, and Georgian simply kept the colour scheme?


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Chris  Smile




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User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2358 times:

The CP-like livery is clearly no coincidence, and is visible on the vast majority of the Air Georgian a/c I see (cargo C208's and B1900's). I would imagine they were somewhat a part of the CP family, kinda like AC Jazz is to Air Canada.  Smile

LY744.



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User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2376 times:

Hi there LY744.

Yes sir, I agree.

When you look below at the tail of the Beech 1900D, which is at Buttonville, you see it's identical to the tail of that Canadian DC-10. Even the blue paint is on the belly of the 1900D. So I believe they must have been connected.


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Now this Georgian Beech 1900D is painted in it's new Air Alliance colours (but still uses Georgian for it's callsign...as you guys taught me yesterday).


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Chris  Smile




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User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2349 times:

Before Georgian became Air Canada's Teir three operation they operated as Ontario Regional, on behalf of Canadian. They moved over to Air Canada just before the AC/CP merger. They adopted a CP-like scheme when they were still a Canadi>n Tier three operator.


"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
User currently offlineBuckfifty From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1316 posts, RR: 19
Reply 23, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

I designed that Air Alliance tail during my past career, as Air Georgian used to be under the Canadian Regional brand. But they got rebranded as Air Alliance after CP got absorbed by AC. In fact, when the rebranding took place, there was already another Air Alliance in existence (out over in Quebec/Eastern Canada), though also under the AC regional banner. However, it's all academic now.

The first a/c that I went to see that got rolled out of the paintshop had a slight problem though. The 'Air Alliance' moniker on the port side fuselage was positioned incorrectly. And I designed the stripe around the maple leaf to be green (the common misconception is that the tail surface colour on all a/c aircraft is black, but it's actually dark green), not red. I only found out about the change when we went to do some official photographs of the a/c for the ad campaign. Doesn't really matter, it still is exciting when I went to Pearson to see the planes, knowing I had a hand in their creation.

The C-208's, incidentally, are used for cargo purposes mostly now. One of the things I heard they used them for is to ferry used checks from small towns banks across Ontario back to Pearson.


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