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User currently offlineUnattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2342 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 25879 times:

I love to learn different Airlines call signs. I know a few unique call signs like:

Pan Am - Clipper
Southeast - Sun King
My Travel - Kestrel
European Air Charter - EuroCharter
Air2000 - JetSet

(Can you tell I used to work at SFB?)

I know there are many more and I would like to start a list of unique call signs.

Also, how does an airline acquire a unique call sign? Do they have to pay extra to the FAA or ICAO?

[Edited 2003-10-28 20:45:32]


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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 25844 times:

SA: Springbok
EI: Shamrock
BA: SpeedBird
CI: Dynasty (or, knowing this airline, is that "Die-Nasty"?  Laugh out loud)

[Edited 2003-10-28 20:42:25]

User currently offlineRockyRacoon From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 984 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 25833 times:

PSA (Usairways express) I believe is "Blue Streak," atleast that's what is sounds like the tower calls them.

Tim


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 25827 times:

NY- New Yorka Air Used "Apple" when they flew in the 80's.


User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 25826 times:

America West --Cactus
Valujet used to use -- Critter
Arrow Air used to use --Big A



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User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 25804 times:

Well Springbok is taken so here are two:
Royal Swazi: Swallow
BA: Speedbird

I'll try and get some more in

Regards
SA006



Proudly South African
User currently offlineTransGlobal2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 25784 times:

A couple of old ones....Air Florida was 'Palm', and Air One was 'Gateway', being based in STL.



User currently offlineGreek_fspilot From Greece, joined Jun 2000, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 25736 times:

LTE - FunJet
Thomas Cook uk- Globe
Viking - SwedJet

**Ryanair** - CheapJet ***Just kidding***  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 25708 times:

AirAsia is "Asian Express" on the radio.

Garuda Indonesia is "indonesia" as oppoed to "garuda" which many ppl used.

Malaysia Airlines is "Malaysia" but sometimes called "malaysian".


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7545 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 25661 times:

Abex in Airborne Express

Giant is Atlas

Citrus is Air Tran

Cactus is America West

Amtran is ATA




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User currently offlineDLMHT From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 25604 times:

Atlantic Southeast (ASA)-- Candler
Atlantic Coast (ACA)--- Blue Ridge
Pinnacle Airlines (NWA Regional)--- Flagship


User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 25578 times:

Hi. I would like to know what the demonstrator plane for Airbus, Boeing etc is called.

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Are they recognized by ATC as House, Experimental or the future airline call sign?

SA006



Proudly South African
User currently offlineGreek_fspilot From Greece, joined Jun 2000, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 25551 times:

"Are they recognized by ATC as House, Experimental or the future airline call sign?"

No, but they have their Registration number...


User currently offlinePVD757 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3420 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 25508 times:

here's a few that come to mind:

Trans states: "waterski"
CO Express: "jetlink"
Sata Int'l: "Azores"
Cape Air: "Care"
Miami Air: "Biscayne"


User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3841 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 25405 times:

Here's a site with every callsign you'll ever want: http://www.airodyssey.net/reference/callsigns.html

US Airways- "USAir", despite the name change several years ago.
American Eagle- "Eagle Flight"

I've seen over the years that some airlines just shorten their names for the callsign:
-Air Jamaica- "Jamaica", although I've seen it on websites as "Julliet Mike".
-Royal- ROY
-Air Transat- Transat

Rocky- You're right, PSA is "Blue Streak".

DeltaRules



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User currently offlineChi-town From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 971 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 25382 times:

Does anyone know Southwest's call sign??

User currently offlineNtspelich From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 25351 times:

Southwest is "Southwest" I believe.

NS



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User currently offlineAWA22 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 25338 times:

Mesa is Air Shuttle and Trans States when I was with them and I am sure its still the same is Water Ski.

User currently offlineUnattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2342 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 25323 times:

Southwest's call sign is Southwest.

Just wondering if there were any special "Paperwork" an airline has to go through to get a unique call sign. I can't believe WN's call sign is not Luv or something cute like that. What would keep them from using one that is unique.

Must be a headache for ATC when they get a new carrier or for a New controller!



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User currently offlineWmupilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1473 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 25295 times:

ATA Connection - Windy City (or just Windy)


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User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 995 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 25211 times:

"Are they recognized by ATC as House, Experimental or the future airline call sign?"

No, but they have their Registration number...



I don't know about these days, but in the Soviet Union, SU flights were recognized by their registration numbers. The pilot would initiate conversation by using his plane's registration number. In the example of this airplane, he would say, "I, 85436..."

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User currently offlineAA777MIA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 686 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 25114 times:

Valuejuet was "Critter" if I am not mistaken..

User currently offlineROSWELL41 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 803 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 25097 times:

Polar Air Cargo = "Polar Tiger "

User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 25086 times:

From here in the caribbean we have........

BWIA West Indies Airways - West Indian

Caribbean Star Airlines - CaribStar

LIAT - Liat

Air Jamaica - Jamaica

I think West Indian is a classic....

I like to be be in the ops room when they call in..

"Company, good afternoon, this is the West Indian 844."



There is something special about planes....
User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 25079 times:

Looking through the above site on codes, a few on there I like:

TNT Int'l: Nitro
Air 2000: Jet Set
Atlantic Coast Jet: Patriot
DBA: Speedway
Zip: Zipper


25 CanadianNorth : 5T = Empress CanadianNorth
26 Garnetpalmetto : Others: Flight Line, Inc. is American Check Arrow Airways is "Big A" United Commuter flights are "Blue Ridge" A flight with the Canadian PM is "CANFO
27 Bobs89irocz : One i like alot was National Airlines---"red rock"
28 Post contains links Flyf15 : Here's the FAA's list. http://www2.faa.gov/ATPUBS/CNT/3-3.HTM Everything you ever wanted is there...
29 SkydrolBoy : Canada 3000 was Elite Air BC was Air Coach HMY airways is Harmony Fedex in canada is Morningstar
30 Post contains images MD11LuxuryLinr : I loved National's callsign "Red Rock" Wasn't TWA express called "Red Bird"?
31 Babyjumbo-sp : I've heard that somewhere in Europe or Mediterranean, people there cannot pronounce the word "QANTAS", so their call sign become QF when flying throug
32 Bluewave 707 : Here are a few small airlines from HNL: Island Air: "Moku" (used to be "Princeville") Pacific Wings: "Tsunami" Trans Air: "Maui" Corporate Air (FedEx
33 Unattendedbag : Thanks DeltaRules and Flyf15 for the sites, answers most of my questions!
34 Post contains links JetCaptain : Don't forget the bizjets ..... "Grasshopper" "Hopa-jet" "Invader Jack" "Vegas Heat" "Execjet" "Options" "Jetspeed" "Kansas" "Flexjet" "Turbo Dog" etc
35 Post contains images Bruce : Why is MyTravel called "kestrel" ???? I like Speedbird for BA. Another of my favorites was Red Rock (National) and dynasty is something different! And
36 Startvalve : ACA is blue ridge *filler* *filler* *filler*
37 Reggaebird : Here's a nice web site listing airline callsigns. http://sim-files.com/ra/callsigns.htm
38 LZ-TLT : The "usual" callsigns for Airtran and Valujet have been listed here, but there is one more. Before the Valujet-Airtran merger was 100% complete, the c
39 SierraAir : The FAA, IATA, and ICAO all recongnize Air Jamaica as "Juliette Mike" not Jamaica. It's a common mistake. Probably has to do with how "Jamaica" would
40 Post contains images Eham : Air Holland : 'Orange'
41 Christian : SAS: Scandinavian Novair: Navigator Premiair / MyTravel: Viking Skyways: Sky Express Malmö Aviation: Scan Wing
42 Dragon-wings : Anyone know Jetmagic's call sign? Magic maybe?
43 Cessna172RG : "United Commuter flights are 'Blue Ridge'" Not all of them. Skywest is Skywest, operated on the west coast, out of SEA and PDX.
44 Broke : Air Florida used the call sign "Palm". When I worked with FAA en route controllers in the early '60's, Sabena used their registration and not a call s
45 Reggaebird : SierraAir, I listen to live ATC at both JFK and Chicago very frequently. Air Jamaica's flights are always referred to as "Jamaica" and the flight num
46 Post contains images 707cmf : Icelandair : frozen NetJets Europe : skyshare Air France : Air France 707CMF : Kilofox KF
47 Post contains images SA006 : I love these 3: Dynasty: China Airlines Effex: Sunrise Airlines (USA) And the greatest! Turismo: ABSA Aerelinhas Brasileiras SA006
48 Pouyazad : Iran Air is called "HOMA" which is a Persian legend bird.
49 XFSUgimpLB41X : Military callsigns have always been some of my favorites... Bone...Slammer...Poison...Spooky...Razor...
50 Unattendedbag : I like Military call signs too, but I don't know too many. At BNA not too long ago we had a group of 5 f-18's that had 'War Party' tattooed on their e
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