DexSwart From Australia, joined Aug 2012, 622 posts, RR: 1 Posted (2 years 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2124 times:
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Okay, hi all, I was wondering about the odd designators for ICAO airport codes. Could anyone please explain how, the US for example got K as the first letter for its codes,. E.g. KJFK for JFK. KBOS for BOS and so on.
I know that regions or "zones" have a basic First letter, like Southern and Central Africa has F as its preceding letter, or W for Southeastern Asia.
Was it just a random draw initially or was there any specific rhyme or reason to it?
CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2579 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2002 times:
The International Civil Aviation Organization was formed in 1947 under the auspices of the United Nations, and it established Flight Information Regions (FIRs) for controlling air traffic and making airport identification simple and clear.
Code selections in North America were based on existing radio station identifiers. For example, radio stations in Canada were already starting with "C", so it seemed logical to begin Canadian airport identifiers with Cxxx. The United States had many pre-existing airports with established mnemonic codes. Their ICAO codes were formed simply by prepending a K to the existing codes, as half the radio station identifiers in the US began with K. Most ICAO codes outside the US and Canada have a stronger geographical structure.