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How Do You All Get The Reg. Of Planes You Flew On?

Fri Jan 02, 2004 1:59 pm

I am wondering how you all get the registration of aircrafts that you have flown on. Do you all look out the window in the airport at the plane to see the registration? Do you all ask somebody what the registration of the aircraft is? Or do you all get it some other way? I want to know this so I can get the registration of an aircraft I will be flying on an upcoming trip. All answers would be appreciated.
 
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RE: How Do You All Get The Reg. Of Planes You Flew On?

Fri Jan 02, 2004 2:52 pm

Yep, I just look out the window of the terminal before I board or after I arrive at my destination. Big grin
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RE: How Do You All Get The Reg. Of Planes You Flew On?

Fri Jan 02, 2004 2:55 pm

You have the right to inspect the airworthiness certificate (at least in the U.S.). The registration number is clearly written on this certificate.

...or you can just look for the 'ship' number on the nose and look for it on Airliners.net and you'll probably find the plane you were on.
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RE: How Do You All Get The Reg. Of Planes You Flew On?

Fri Jan 02, 2004 3:10 pm

I usually take a look at the plane before boarding. If its dark or somehow obscured, I ask the crew when on board. If they don't know (or don't want to help) then I check when I disembark.
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RE: How Do You All Get The Reg. Of Planes You Flew

Fri Jan 02, 2004 3:48 pm

Always depends on the airport I am flying in/out of, airline I am flying with, etc.

At FRA, you can get the registration information for all flights (including military, executive charter, cargo, etc.) via the FIS (airport information system). After selecting the language you have to select OPS inbound or OPS outbound. There you can get the registration of all planes operating in and out of FRA.

On LH, e.g. they have the registration of the plane printed on the cabin wall in big black letters on the right hand side when you enter the plane via the front door.

Sometimes I just ask the check-in agent for it as they can see it in their system as well.

Then there is, of course, also the possibility to look out of the window. Usually I try to combine most of the methods above to make absolutely sure that I get the right registration.

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RE: How Do You All Get The Reg. Of Planes You Flew On?

Fri Jan 02, 2004 4:48 pm

if you can't see the tail section of the plane, have a look at the letters (or numbers) on the nose gear door. That'll usually tell you the last couple of digits. For example if a BA 744 says "LA" on the door its G-BNLA. If it says "VX" its G-CIVX. If it is "GG" it is G-BYGG. This piece of information can help you figure out the registration pretty easily.

You can also have a look at the top of the tail which usually tells you.

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RE: How Do You All Get The Reg. Of Planes You Flew On?

Fri Jan 02, 2004 8:01 pm

I also do it the hard way...

... open my eyes and read it off  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: How Do You All Get The Reg. Of Planes You Flew On?

Fri Jan 02, 2004 8:16 pm

Always read it off, I do never base myself on computer systems etc.

Want to be 100% sure.

There is always some way to retrieve the reg (a fleet nr, the last symbols of the reg on the nose gear flap, a name, ...).

First thing I do when I board is write the reg on my boarding pass, and all this is nicely kept in my 'archive'  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: How Do You All Get The Reg. Of Planes You Flew On?

Fri Jan 02, 2004 10:40 pm

I once was able to know the registration from inside the plane,it was a BA 744,the registration was placed in the back,next to the toilet doors!
This one happened by chance,I boarded the plane without knowing the reg.,but I knew it was an MEA A321 Laugh out loud .I managed to get the reg. while I was in the cockpit,had a jumpseat ride then.

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RE: How Do You All Get The Reg. Of Planes You Flew On?

Fri Jan 02, 2004 11:37 pm

As noted, the easiest way is to simply look out the window and jot it down. If the reg # is not visible, then also, as noted above, I get it off the air cert, which, on every plane I've ever been on, was posted immediately above the door when you board the 'plane. I'd get it either getting on or off the plane.
 
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RE: How Do You All Get The Reg. Of Planes You Flew On?

Sat Jan 03, 2004 12:54 am

Once I didn't have the time to check the registration (I was runing late at ATL). When we landed at IAD I saw no possibility to check it once I leave the aircraft, so I simply asked FA if she can tell me registration. She was freaked out. (it was in March of 2002). She went to the pilot and he invited me to the cockpit to take some pictures.

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