PHLapproach From Philippines, joined Mar 2004, 1211 posts, RR: 21 Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5232 times:
America West = Cactus
A friend and I were listening to his scanner PHL Tower 118.5, they contact tower over his house (Jalto) and we keep hearing "BlueStreak" but they were only going into 35 so my guess is that it is one of the US Express Operators.
Nyskymasters From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5144 times:
Some airlines use a callsign so that it is different from similar sounding call signs. America West, I believe, used America West at one time. After their callsign was confused with American on several occassions they changed it to Cactus. Continental Express' callsign originated when the several different commuter airlines were merged into one. Instead of "favoring" one airline a new callsign was used. Jet Link came about with the thinking that the new airline was the "link to the jets." I know personally that everybody hated it but it has stuck around all these years.
CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2311 posts, RR: 3 Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4827 times:
For Cessna aircraft performing flight test operations, the aircraft N number is not used. Each test pilot is given a unique number, so a call sign would be "Cessna Test 41". The 41 is the pilots number, and not related to the aircraft. Therefore the pilot may use the same call sign for years, regardless of the plane he is flying. This is done because the test pilots fly various aircraft, and it alerts ATC as to the nature of the flight.
Flairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4681 times:
Clipper is STILL PanAm...gives me chills when I hear it!
Southeast Airlines: Sun King (pretty cool!)
American Eagle: Eagle Flight (but usually just Eagle)
Spirt Airlines: SpiritWings (but here at FLL, they often say "Spirit")
Air Florida is Air Florida (yes, it does exist...but it is tiny!) I think they often use the N Number
Londoncenter From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 108 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4591 times:
air france=air frans
air portugal=air portugal
A lot of airlines have their name as a callsign, but some don't especially charter airlines such as:
thomas cook = top jet (formerly globe)
air 2000/first choice= jetset
Could keep going, but think it will get very very boring!
SidestickA320 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 13 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4342 times:
Your assumption of "BlueStreak" being the call sign for USAirways Express was dead on. It is used by affiliate PSA Airlines for all their flights, both on the Dornier 328 and CRJ-200 alike. With PSA serving more cities from PHL, I'm sure you'll be hearing them quite a bit.