Chiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2005 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4490 times:
T is for "temporal", afterwards it changes to the correct ending, C, P, CP etc. Most of the above mentioned VH aircraft already have the "C" ending, except 134T. The rest is 01C to 06C. Don't know about the others.
Civilav From Mexico, joined Oct 2004, 391 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4370 times:
Quoting 757MDE (Reply 6): So it's like the analog to the Colombian "X"
Venezuela civil aviation directorate changed, effective January 1975, its system of registering aircraft. Many of you may recall the typical "YV-C-VIA" for instance of Viasa's first Convair-88022M. To make things more orderly, a number was subsituted after the YV-prefix followed by any of the following letters:
C: Commercial (intended for public service)
CP: Commercial but for private service only (like a company plane)
E: For training from the Spanish "Escuela"
There was never a T considered then.
With so many aircraft leased, (like occurred with VIASA's 1 DC-10 which, for many years until it was finally totally paid, flew as PH-DTG) it has become apparent that it is necessary to have them with a Venezuelan "Temporary" registration pending either full purchase or else, a return to the lessor.
So, to address the issue, yes T is analogous to the Colombian "X" suffix in use since the early 70 when Avianca began a fleet procurement plan with leased aeroplanes.