LMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2559 posts, RR: 7 Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 551 times:
I was always under the impression that a reg'd dies with the plane. Especially since this one ends with "PA", which was PanAM's designation. I am obviously wrong. But are there any more instances like the one above?
RayPettit From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 608 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 538 times:
They certainly don't always die with the plane, an example being Qantas earlier B707 and B747 which both used the VH-EB series.
However, anything on the UK register is used for one plane only, unless it has not been taken up for some reason. It is for this reason that a vintage lightplane imported into the UK in recent years can have a period registration (e.g. in the G-AF.. series) because that registration mark was never used at the time.
And by the way 'PA' is not an official FAA 'designation' for Panam - Panam just reserved a range of registrations with that suffix. There would be nothing to stop Mr Hank J Bloggs from registering his new Cessna as NxxxPA, as long it had not been reserved.
That's why Delta have to use slightly different suffixes, their favourite DL may have already been issued to another user.