Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5083 posts, RR: 14 Posted (12 years 7 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2476 times:
I have seen this on most of my flight deck visits and all the photos I see. There is the plane's registration # located on the instrument panel, and near it there is another code. usually 2 letters dash 2 more letters. Check out this photo:
Backfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2444 times:
The four characters are the Selective Calling or SELCAL identifier which is used to establish initial contact on HF radio frequencies. The four characters precedes voice communication and provides identification of the aircraft involved - although the fact that there are more aircraft than possible SELCAL combinations means that there still has to be positive confirmation once contact is established.