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Aircraft Names Or Reg?  
User currently offlinen88kb From Australia, joined Jun 2010, 56 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2029 times:

Hi Folks,
Would like to know how pilots, ground crew and mechs identify and talk about the aircraft in the fleets.
Are the planes referred by tail number or the names given to the plane? For example do pilots refer to the old Wunula Dreaming as Wunula or by its reg -OEJ?

Cheers,

N88KB

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User currently offlineLarshjort From Denmark, joined Dec 2007, 1434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2003 times:

At my airline we use the reg. Jay Jay for OY-RJJ and Tango Charlie for OY-RTC and so on.

/Lars



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User currently offlineyeelep From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 649 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1991 times:

Reg. number at my all 737 airline, 7xx = -400's, 6xx = -700's, 5xx = -800's, 3xx = -900's.

User currently offlineFabo From Slovakia, joined Aug 2005, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1988 times:

From what I gathered around me, airlines used a mixture of registration, or part of registration, official name, and nickname.

for ex. OK AT42 OK-VFI was most times refered to as Skyrider, its official name, while one of the other was nicknamed Garfield after it was AOG because of a stray cat hiding somewhere in the airplane.

In NE then, most planes were refered by last character of their reg.; but then there was of course Adriana... etc.



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User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8968 posts, RR: 76
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1968 times:
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We call our 744's by the last two letters of the registraion. Means. D-ABTD is called 'tango delta'. That makes it 100% clear which 744 is meant as they all have D-AB and then the last two letters identify the airplane.

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User currently onlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2330 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1931 times:

One of the funnier A/C nicknames I heard on this forum were "Badly Maintained", "Badly Broken" and "Badly Damaged", all based on the last two letters of the respective registration...  


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User currently offlineav757 From Colombia, joined Apr 2004, 660 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1859 times:
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We use aircraft registrations for all the AV fleet wether its maintenance, engineering, operations, dispatch ect.

AV757


User currently offlinee38 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 327 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1808 times:

We use "Ship number" which is a four digit number "internal" to the company. It is different than the tail number or registration number (N-number in the United States). In some cases the "Ship number" is similar to the registration number, but not necessarily; particularly if the aircraft was acquired from another company and not directly from the manufacturer.

Our aircraft do not have "names."

e38

[Edited 2012-04-22 20:54:16]

User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1784 times:

Quoting n88kb (Thread starter):
Are the planes referred by tail number or the names given to the plane?

At F9, it is two ways: The mechanics don;t give diddly squat about the animal on the tail, so they use the tail number in numeral format (IE: 926, 803, 202, etc etc...) but some rampers and most Aircraft Appearance Agents use the animal on the tail to see who is coming in and whatnot.

Quoting yeelep (Reply 2):
Reg. number at my all 737 airline, 7xx = -400's, 6xx = -700's, 5xx = -800's, 3xx = -900's.

Hello, AS!  



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User currently offlineskyhawkmatthew From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1760 times:

Aircraft are named by registration at Qantas - for most aircraft series there are fewer than 26 examples, so only one letter differentiates all the ships in each fleet.


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 1712 times:

Normally refer to them as the last two letters of the Registration marks.
eg delta,Mike....delta,november, delta,kilo etc.



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User currently offlineplanejamie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2011, 576 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1686 times:

Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 5):
One of the funnier A/C nicknames I heard on this forum were "Badly Maintained", "Badly Broken" and "Badly Damaged", all based on the last two letters of the respective registration...  

Would that be for BD? G-WWBM G-WWBD G-WWBB I think were the registrations of the 3 BD A330s (when they had 3), now it's just WBM and WBD

I know with the flying school I use, we refer to the aircraft by their two last letters, e.g. G-GAEA we call "Echo Alpha", G-GAEB "Echo Bravo", we all know which aircraft they are as the Cessnas and Cirrus have totally different registrations.


User currently offlineHarmonium From Denmark, joined Feb 2012, 84 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1673 times:

Quoting Larshjort (Reply 1):

At my airline we use the reg. Jay Jay for OY-RJJ and Tango Charlie for OY-RTC and so on.

/Lars

CRJs also known as "RJJammerlig", "RJElendig" etc. in times of tech  

(Doesn't really translate into English that well, apologies to everyone not-Danish.)


User currently offlineak907 From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1636 times:

At Polar Air and Atlas Air, we use registration. For example 416 Mike Charlie or 419 Mike Charlie. For the Polar planes, we only use the numbers, like 450 or 451. We also get the Dreamlifter, but we only call them Dreamlifters.

User currently offlineFabo From Slovakia, joined Aug 2005, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1612 times:

Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 5):
One of the funnier A/C nicknames I heard on this forum were "Badly Maintained", "Badly Broken" and "Badly Damaged", all based on the last two letters of the respective registration...

Oh yes, reminds me. VGZávada (VG Fault) or VRAk (wreck)  



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User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2671 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1537 times:

At my former airline, we used the first three digits of the N-number, which was also the ship number. However there were some planes which had names such as Dead Airplane, F..kin Broke, Junk Machine, Maintenance Trainer, Many Troubles, Sh!t Bucket, etc. which corresponded to the last two letters of the N-number. There was a plane we called Christine, due to it always going tech, or Hangar Queen because it spent so much time in the hangar. One we called Greyhound because it was hit by a bus.

User currently offlineatlamt From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 240 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1513 times:

At DL we use the tail number.


Fwd to MCO and Placard
User currently onlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2330 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1508 times:

Quoting planejamie (Reply 11):

Yes, it seems so... but I only remember having read these aptly chosen nicknames on a.net...  



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User currently onlineKPWMSpotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 433 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1481 times:

At Delta TechOps all DL aircraft are worked to the Ship No (which may or may not have any correlation to the N-Number), while non-DL customer aircraft are referred to by their registration (and identified in documents by both their registration and S/N or line number).


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