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ATC Call Signs: Why? Which Do You Know Of?

Thu Apr 22, 2004 6:12 pm

Anyone know what the callsigns for the major airlines are? Also, why doesn't ATC just use the airline's traditional name? Too hard to clearly enunciate perhaps?

Who comes up with the callsigns? How do callsigns "crystallize" from casual slang by one or two controllers to the callsign always used for that airlines?

British Airways: Speedbird
Continental Express: Jet Link
AirTran: Critter

Anyone know any others? Or know any answers to the above?
 
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RE: ATC Call Signs: Why? Which Do You Know Of?

Thu Apr 22, 2004 6:39 pm

The following site will give you all the call signs you could possible look at with different ways to look them up... enjoy
http://www.faa.gov/ATpubs/CNT/3-3.htm
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RE: ATC Call Signs: Why? Which Do You Know Of?

Thu Apr 22, 2004 6:51 pm

Callsigns are shorter and easier to understand even with static.

And they're cooler  Big grin
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RE: ATC Call Signs: Why? Which Do You Know Of?

Thu Apr 22, 2004 7:08 pm

VALUJET is Critter
Airtran is Citrus




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RE: ATC Call Signs: Why? Which Do You Know Of?

Thu Apr 22, 2004 7:14 pm

" AirTran: Critter "
Ah, AirTran is "Citrus" and "Critter" was ValueJet.

Another website I use a lot is http://www.airlinecodes.co.uk

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RE: ATC Call Signs: Why? Which Do You Know Of?

Thu Apr 22, 2004 8:01 pm

America West = Cactus

A friend and I were listening to his scanner PHL Tower 118.5, they contact tower over his house (Jalto) and we keep hearing "BlueStreak" but they were only going into 35 so my guess is that it is one of the US Express Operators.
 
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Thu Apr 22, 2004 8:17 pm

Here are a few that I know of:

South African Airways: Springbok
Aer Lingus: Shamrock
Atlantic Coast Airlines (UA Express in IAD): Blue Ridge
US Airways Express (in the North East): Commutair
American Eagle: Flagship

Airlines that no longer exist:
Pan Am: Clipper
AOM (Air Outre Mer): French Lines
EBA (Euro Belgian Airlines): Bellstar
British Caledonian: Caledonian

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RE: ATC Call Signs: Why? Which Do You Know Of?

Thu Apr 22, 2004 8:43 pm

Some airlines use a callsign so that it is different from similar sounding call signs. America West, I believe, used America West at one time. After their callsign was confused with American on several occassions they changed it to Cactus. Continental Express' callsign originated when the several different commuter airlines were merged into one. Instead of "favoring" one airline a new callsign was used. Jet Link came about with the thinking that the new airline was the "link to the jets." I know personally that everybody hated it but it has stuck around all these years.
 
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Thu Apr 22, 2004 9:56 pm

I hear "waterski" called a lot around the midwest...could it be ATA?
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Fri Apr 23, 2004 5:47 pm

" I hear "waterski" called a lot around the midwest...could it be ATA? " "WaterSki" is Trans States Airlines http://www.transstates.net/
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Fri Apr 23, 2004 5:51 pm

Speedbird is from the BOAC speedbird emblem (note the tail):
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The current BA emblem harkens back to this. It's called the "Speedmarque":
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Fri Apr 23, 2004 9:18 pm

Commutair now operates Continental Connection in the USA NE . Clipper is still used by Pan Am III AFAIK .
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Fri Apr 23, 2004 11:11 pm

Pinnacle airlines DBA Northwest Airlink-CRJ's Callsign is "Flag Ship"


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Fri Apr 23, 2004 11:14 pm

Actually, many times, an airline's callsign is just the airline name. American, Delta, Continental, United and Northwest use their airline names - nothing special.
 
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Fri Apr 23, 2004 11:42 pm

For Cessna aircraft performing flight test operations, the aircraft N number is not used. Each test pilot is given a unique number, so a call sign would be "Cessna Test 41". The 41 is the pilots number, and not related to the aircraft. Therefore the pilot may use the same call sign for years, regardless of the plane he is flying. This is done because the test pilots fly various aircraft, and it alerts ATC as to the nature of the flight.
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Sat Apr 24, 2004 12:34 am

I thought America Eagle call was Eagle Flight? Also Citrus probaly came from Air Tran because they are based in Orlando Central Florida with all those Oranges.
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Sat Apr 24, 2004 4:42 am

Clipper is STILL PanAm...gives me chills when I hear it!
Southeast Airlines: Sun King (pretty cool!)
American Eagle: Eagle Flight (but usually just Eagle)
Spirt Airlines: SpiritWings (but here at FLL, they often say "Spirit")
Air Florida is Air Florida (yes, it does exist...but it is tiny!) I think they often use the N Number
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RE: ATC Call Signs: Why? Which Do You Know Of?

Sat Apr 24, 2004 6:26 am

ATA is Amtran (Amtran is ATA's parent company, much like AMR is the parent company of American Airlines).

The story behind Trans State's callsign (waterski) is that they started out flying a lot of people to the Ozarks, and they had a lot of waterskis on board.
 
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Sat Apr 24, 2004 6:29 am

continental is "continental" if I'm not mistaken.....American is American...Delta is Delta............
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RE: ATC Call Signs: Why? Which Do You Know Of?

Sat Apr 24, 2004 6:58 am

lufthansa=lufthansa
air france=air frans
alitalia=alitalia
iberia=iberia
air portugal=air portugal
klm=klm
scandinavian=scandinavian
malaysian=malaysian
singapore=singapore
cathay=cathay
ryanair=ryanair
brittania=britannia
spanair=spanair
malev=malev

A lot of airlines have their name as a callsign, but some don't especially charter airlines such as:

thomas cook = top jet (formerly globe)
air 2000/first choice= jetset
mytravel=kestrel
excel airways=expo

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Thu Apr 29, 2004 6:17 am

When Independence Air (ACA) gets up and going, what call sign are they going to use? Will they keep "Blue Ridge?"
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RE: ATC Call Signs: Why? Which Do You Know Of?

Thu Apr 29, 2004 6:30 am

China Airlines-Dynasty

One of my personal favorites...Very elegant

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RE: ATC Call Signs: Why? Which Do You Know Of?

Thu Apr 29, 2004 6:48 am

I totally agree ASSFO...nothing like hearing 'Dynasty' or 'Speedbird' on the scanner...
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Thu Apr 29, 2004 7:11 am

PHLapproach...
Your assumption of "BlueStreak" being the call sign for USAirways Express was dead on. It is used by affiliate PSA Airlines for all their flights, both on the Dornier 328 and CRJ-200 alike. With PSA serving more cities from PHL, I'm sure you'll be hearing them quite a bit.

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RE: ATC Call Signs: Why? Which Do You Know Of?

Thu Apr 29, 2004 7:37 am

Thank you very much, SidestickA320. I was just talking to the friend with the scanner last night about it again.
 
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RE: ATC Call Signs: Why? Which Do You Know Of?

Thu Apr 29, 2004 11:06 am

American Airlines= American
British Airways= Speedbird
Delta=Delta
Southwest=Southwest
United AIrlines= United
American Eagle= Eagle FLight

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RE: ATC Call Signs: Why? Which Do You Know Of?

Thu Apr 29, 2004 12:38 pm

I really like the term Dynasty for China Airlines. Thats classy. However I'm curious, what is the call sign for JetBlue? Is it JetBlue, or with the fun attitude of JetBlue, I could so hear like "BabyBlue".

I can see it "BabyBlue 002 turn left heading 202 to intercept VOR Blue"
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RE: ATC Call Signs: Why? Which Do You Know Of?

Thu Apr 29, 2004 12:47 pm

AFAIK, jetBlue's callsign is simply, "jetblue." Also, my Hornet squadron's callsign is "roman," for the Gladiators of VFA-106.
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RE: ATC Call Signs: Why? Which Do You Know Of?

Thu Apr 29, 2004 12:59 pm

Candian North goes by "Empress".

I'm not 100% sure so dont quote me on this but I believe since it was at one time a subsidiary of Canadi>n Airlines International, the callsign came from way back in the days of Canadian Pacific Air Lines. If true, makes for an interesting piece of flying history about Canada and its airlines.





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RE: ATC Call Signs: Why? Which Do You Know Of?

Thu Apr 29, 2004 1:18 pm

Any E-3s out of Tinker AFB will have the front end Callsign of 'Sentry XX' Each squadron uses it's last letter designator as the first letter of the front end callsign, for example my squadron would be 'Sentry 4X' .
The back end callsigns would be Bandsaw (the best), Goliath, Chalice, DarkStar, or Dragnet (training).
E-3s out of Elmendorf will be Yukla on the front end.

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Thu Apr 29, 2004 3:03 pm

I'm glad someone mentioned the call sign topic because it hasn't been discussed in about 2 weeks.

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