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Why The Change Of Call Sign/flight Number?  
User currently offlineMSJYOP28Apilot From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 348 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5172 times:

The other night I was on WN602 MDW-BNA. We passed some impressive storms along the way. I went to check flightaware to see what the flight plan was and our flight number was changed to WN9018. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/SWA9018

However, the fight continued as WN602 from BNA-AUS according to flightaware. Why was the one leg changed to 9018? Arent the 9000 flight numbers normally for a ferry flight?

Also, earlier that day I was on WN3600 IAD-MDW. As you can see we had quite the re-route: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/S...0/history/20100804/2100Z/KIAD/KMDW Some of the CB tops were well above us and we were at FL380.

[Edited 2010-08-06 00:54:37]

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User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 6043 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5126 times:

Because of this:


Your flight was "A-sectioned". The arrival of that flight number into MDW would've conflicted with the departure to BNA, so Southwest filed with an alternate flight number.

"PHX is Phoenix, PDX is the other city" -777Way
User currently offlineAirDX From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5064 times:

Yup, we call it "stubbing" a flight to prevent ATC from having two active callsigns in the same area at the same time. Really drives the flight crews nuts  

User currently offlineMSJYOP28Apilot From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4790 times:

Thanks for the replies! This is good stuff to know especially since I am going to ADX school in a month.

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