Yousef727 From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 22 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2725 times:
I have a simple question.
I've noticed that most aircraft carry the last letters of their registrations on the nose gear door. Anybody know why? Is it to help identification on the ground? And is there any particular reason for not writing the complete registration?
SailorOrion From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 2058 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2115 times:
LH usually has the last two letters of the registration on the nose gear doors (and the tip of the V-Stab), the first three being "D-AI" for Airbus and "D-AB" for Boeing, The Canadairs have "D-AC" afaik, and the Avro's "D-AV"
Dripstick From Canada, joined Dec 2001, 2364 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1995 times:
Kerberos, to answer your question, Westjet displays the Fleet Identification Numner on both the nose gear door and top of the vertical stabilzer.
An interesting note about Westjet is that you will never see a FIN# ending in the number 4. This is apparently a result of a few superstitious management that used to work for other airlines that had bad experiences (crash/incidents) with aircraft with 4's in their FIN#'s.
Kerberos From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1951 times:
Andy - Thank you for the information, that's interesting about the number 4. I'm sure there are alot of superstitions in the airline industry when it comes to Reg #'s, flt #, etc - but thats a topic for another thread.
To bad they removed the JB logo, I guess I can stop looking for it now!
This is your captain speaking. I’ve turned off the no-smokin’ sign. Hell, if the plane is smokin' why can't you?
Justplanesmart From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 708 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1940 times:
I had noticed that Westjet skips the digit 4 in their fleet #'s, but I did not know why. Thanks for the info, Dripstick. Many Chinese carriers skip 4 as well, because the Chinese word for "4" sounds like the word for "death."
320tech From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined May 2004, 489 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (9 years 10 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1811 times:
Fin numbers are assigned by the airline for their own purposes. Air Canada uses 200 series numbers for its A320's and A319's, 100 series for the CRJ's, and so on. When AC picked up Cdn Airlines' 737's (which were 700 series), they changed all the numbers to 500 series to avoid confusion with DC-9's, which were also 700 series. Of course, all the DC-9's are retired now. The 737's will be gone by the end of the year.
The primary function of the design engineer is to make things difficult for the manufacturer and impossible for the AME.