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Tracking Down A Reg#... So Complicated!

Thu Jan 25, 2007 6:43 am

Greetings!

I'm sure many of you write down the reg numbers of planes they have flown on for their log book, and I'm sure some of you have had to do detective work after forgetting to write one down. I know there are some ways to do this, especially if it is a domestic USA flight, like the BTS website or just call the airline.

This one is really really tricky. I flew on United Express UA5234 on December 26, 2006, from IAD to HPN, and this particular plane was in full Colgan Air colors (the US Flag scheme)

I called Colgan a couple of days later and they told me it was "tail number 361" and basically hung up right after that, but there is no such thing as tail number 361 in the Colgan fleet. Now I called again today and they told me it would not be possible to search this information easily, but I insisted, and they asked to call me again in half an hour. I called, and they told me it was N196CJ. Ok, that is better, but now I'm 100% sure this is not the plane! I found out it was re-registered from N196JW in January, and I found a photo of JW that was taken in December in the new UA express livery, so there is no way I flew on this plane in December in Colgan livery!

Anybody willing to help me with my detective work? Or am I looking at a hopeless case here? It can't be so hard, it is a domestic USA flight after all! Too bad the BTS stats web site doesn't cover Colgan (but all other regionals), and the Passur scanner does not display the reg# or tail #!

Any help, anybody?

Thanks!

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RE: Tracking Down A Reg#... So Complicated!

Thu Jan 25, 2007 7:52 am

Was it this one?


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RE: Tracking Down A Reg#... So Complicated!

Thu Jan 25, 2007 6:55 pm

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
there is no such thing as tail number 361 in the Colgan fleet.

Colgan have recently (December 2006) taken delivery of N361PX (SAAB 340, c/n 249).

I'm unsure of what livery it currently carries, but maybe this was your beast?


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RE: Tracking Down A Reg#... So Complicated!

Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:17 pm

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
This one is really really tricky.

This one is VERY-VERY easy. Colgan only has 2 planes painted in House Colors. One has the H/S prop, one has the Dowty. The only question to ask is did it have black spinners or polished.......and you'll have your answer.

[Edited 2007-01-25 13:19:55]
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RE: Tracking Down A Reg#... So Complicated!

Thu Feb 08, 2007 6:27 am

Quoting Skibum9 (Reply 1):
Was it this one?

Is this just a guess or is it indeed this plane I'm looking for?

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 3):
This one is VERY-VERY easy. Colgan only has 2 planes painted in House Colors

Actually they must have at least 7, a quick search in the A.net database shows the following planes all in house colors: N251CJ, N203CJ, N210CJ, N308CE, N202SR, N305CE, N306CE.

If anybody has any way of getting this info, I'd be very very thankful!

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RE: Tracking Down A Reg#... So Complicated!

Thu Feb 08, 2007 7:25 am

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 4):
If anybody has any way of getting this info, I'd be very very thankful!

Well, I guess they have added more to their fleet then I last knew. If you want your answer you can always do it the old school way. Write them a letter...!!! It's less agressive then calling when they are more likely to 'blow you off'. Just tell them in your letter that your a big airline buff and keep a log of the planes you fly on. I'd think they'll answer your question.

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 4):
Actually they must have at least 7, a quick search in the A.net database shows the following planes all in house colors: N251CJ, N203CJ, N210CJ, N308CE, N202SR, N305CE, N306CE

Incorrect....they have 4. N306CE and N203CJ, N308CE and N210CJ, N305CE and N202SR are all the same planes under new registration numbers.

[Edited 2007-02-07 23:39:18]
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