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Panama Registry Numbers

Fri Aug 08, 2003 12:07 pm

Why are Panamanian airline reg. numbers so much longer and in a different format than anywhere else? For example: HP-1374CMP on a Copa Airlines 73G
Not really important, just curious...

[Edited 2003-08-08 05:09:15]
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RE: Panama Registry Numbers

Fri Aug 08, 2003 12:14 pm

In Dominican Republic is the same


The thing is that the a/c with that registration is a copa, and Copa inserted the entire 3 letter Airline Code, instead of the normal 2.

CMP you see it on the radar scope.

CM is the normal Airline code.

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RE: Panama Registry Numbers

Fri Aug 08, 2003 12:16 pm

National mark for Panama is only HP- but if you look closely, "CMP" is the ICAO three letter code of COPA Airlines, and other Panamanian airlines have the same arrangement.. numbers and then the ICAO code of the airline.

Have no idea why they do this, maybe to mess up with those spotters who have databases with fixed size fields for registrations...like me Big grin


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RE: Panama Registry Numbers

Fri Aug 08, 2003 12:29 pm

Very odd system. Especially since Panama probably only has a handful of ICAO codes to register planes with (I can only think of Copa and SANSA). What would the registry look like on a private a/c?
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RE: Panama Registry Numbers

Fri Aug 08, 2003 2:08 pm

Well, I think the Panamanian registration are very similar to other ones in Latinamerica.

For Example:
Colombia: HK-3446-X
Venezuela: YV-46-C
Rep. Dominicana: HI-878CA

Panama have a lot of small airlines, and all of them use this type of registry numbers. A private airplane could be HP-1400 without any code in back.



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