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Who Is "Dot Com?"  
User currently offlinee38 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 328 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 9260 times:

This may have been answered in a previous thread, but I was not able to find it.

During the past few months, while listening to Air Traffic Control on my VHF scanner, I have heard quite a few transmissions between ATC and aircraft using "Dot Com" callsigns, followed by a number (example "Dot Com 538").

I could not find references in any database regarding what business or airline this is.

Does anyone know who "Dot Com" is and what kind of aircraft it is?

Thank you very much.

e38

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User currently offlineFabo From Slovakia, joined Aug 2005, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 9249 times:

Dotcom is a callsign owned by "fltplan.com" site, that allows their users to file a flightplan using a random dotcom callsign in place of the usual N-number, and is used by mostly corporate fleets to hinder the possibility of competition to track their corporate aircrafts by the N-numbers on the likes of flightaware, used commonly since the time some bill was passed that disallowed having your N-number blocked from these tracking services.

So now that fictional N123GM has to be shown on FlightAware, and can not be blocked, the company uses say DCM538 (alternating every fllight) so that Ford can not just bookmark http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N123GM and follow Daniel Akerson as he flies around with his Gulfstream.



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 8947 times:

Other than "Redstripe" the next best call sign in the industry!!!!   

Quoting Fabo (Reply 1):
is used by mostly corporate fleets to hinder the possibility of competition to track their corporate aircrafts by the N-numbers



I have to somewhat disagree with that statement. There are large numbers of corporate flight departments that use the N number of the aircraft for flight planning. Such as N28....and N30.....and N76.....even though I am leaving the remainder of the N number from this posting I don't think it is as wide spread as you indicate, not yet anyway.



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User currently offlineFabo From Slovakia, joined Aug 2005, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 8907 times:

I am not suggesting that most corporate fleets use it, rather than most users are corporate fleets  


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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2098 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8851 times:

From what I've heard it is to exploit a loophole for those that wish to keep their travels discreet (which is mostly corporate) but couldn't do so as much after that bill passed disallowing the blocking of N numbers from flight tracking software.


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User currently offlineblueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3941 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8795 times:
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I thought it was reported this bill was killed...


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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21530 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8788 times:

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 4):
From what I've heard it is to exploit a loophole for those that wish to keep their travels discreet (which is mostly corporate) but couldn't do so as much after that bill passed disallowing the blocking of N numbers from flight tracking software.

Correct, except that it wasn't a bill, it was a policy decision by the DOT.

Quoting blueflyer (Reply 5):
I thought it was reported this bill was killed...

True, but it still might be useful to some, and maintaining the callsign in the registry doesn't really cost anything. You'll still hear it, but you'll hear less of it than you would if the policy had gone into effect.

-Mir



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2098 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8775 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 6):
Correct, except that it wasn't a bill, it was a policy decision by the DOT.

Gotcha, thanks for the correction.  



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User currently offlinespudsmac From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8711 times:

Quoting e38 (Thread starter):

Are you near SDL? I hear them going in and out of there all the time. It's ridiculous how many jets are there.


User currently offlinee38 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 8580 times:

Everyone, thank you very much for the responses. This is very interesting, the fact that there is a callsign to enable operators to block the tracking of aircraft movement.

Quoting spudsmac (Reply 8), "Are you near SDL? I hear them going in and out of there all the time."

No, it seems as though I have heard them in the high altitude (enroute) sectors most of the time. That would indicate they are probably corporate-type jets or perhaps high performance turboprops.

e38


User currently offlineFalcon Flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1323 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7896 times:

Quoting spudsmac (Reply 8):
Are you near SDL? I hear them going in and out of there all the time. It's ridiculous how many jets are there.

One of the corporate flight departments based in SDL has all 3 of their aircraft using DCM, they fly a lot.



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