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How Can You Know This?

Fri May 28, 2004 11:47 pm

I don't get it..

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Under the photo it says: "City of Calgary" bound for Hong Kong as KL887 meets Air France 744F, F-GIUD, as AF6723 heading for Paris from Seoul".

You can see the KL 747 alright, but how can you know for certain it's KL's "City of Calgary"?. Same for AF: first: with the AF 747 you have to look very closely to see it's an AF plane, but second: how could you ever know the reg.number of the plane and where it's heading?


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RE: How Can You Know This?

Fri May 28, 2004 11:50 pm

Simple answer. ACARS  Smile

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RE: How Can You Know This?

Fri May 28, 2004 11:53 pm

I was wondering the same thing. The fact that they're AF and KLM is quite clear, but the registrations are not! I guess one possibility is always that the photographer was listening with his scanner, heard their flight numbers, and then searched to see what registrations were flying those flights that day. Takes a while, but it can be done.

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RE: How Can You Know This?

Sat May 29, 2004 12:46 am

Simple answer. ACARS

okay ... what does that stand for?
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RE: How Can You Know This?

Sat May 29, 2004 12:52 am

okay ... what does that stand for?

Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System.
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RE: How Can You Know This?

Sat May 29, 2004 1:01 am

Do mere mortals have access to this information??
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RE: How Can You Know This?

Sat May 29, 2004 1:25 am

GSPSPOT and others

Yes there are plenty of websites dedicated to ACARS.

Google "acars".

Airband radio on 131.55 or 131.75 or whatever frequency, feed radio signal to a decoder on a computer, use software to sort it all out and display information.

It's basically a way for aircraft to automatically send out position information and to send/receive information from ops that doesn't necessarily need to go over the radio.

The AIRNAV systems sidebar on the right side of the screen is ACARS. You can buy the software and it'll display positional information on whatever aircraft are picked up. Visit the site.

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RE: How Can You Know This?

Sat May 29, 2004 7:42 am

I got the information from this very useful danish ACARS site:

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