MACDADDY
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Need Help With An AA Registration

Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:01 pm

Hi

Anyone able to help me with a registration?

I flew on an AA MD-80 aircraft from DFW/LIT AA1350 / 27 MAR and couldn't see the reg.

I try to keep a record so if anyone can help, many thanks

MAC
 
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RE: Need Help With An AA Registration

Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:48 am

You were on aircraft 4XF / N9619V.


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MACDADDY
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RE: Need Help With An AA Registration

Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:40 pm

Thanks so much. Is there a website that displays this kind of info? I tried for Flightaware and unless im using it wrongly i cant find the part where is shows registrations.

Thakns again N243NW. the picture was a nice tough!

MAC
 
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RE: Need Help With An AA Registration

Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:14 am

MAC
It might be of interest to you (to record in your logbook) that the MD-80 you were on from DFW to LIT, N9619V, was originally delivered to Trans World Airlines (TWA) on December 2, 1997; then transferred to American Airlines' certificate on December 2, 2001. It actually first flew on October 1, 1997.

Specifically, it is:
McDonnell Douglas MD-83
N9619V
c/n: 53566
ln: 2206

The fact that it was originally owned by TWA introduces a touch of aviation history/nostalgia to the experience.

e38
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RE: Need Help With An AA Registration

Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:09 am

Quoting MACDADDY (Reply 2):
Thanks so much. Is there a website that displays this kind of info?

You're welcome. Being an "insider," it's easy for me to look at the airline's dispatch system and find out easily.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (www.bts.gov) has the records buried in its on-time records at the link at the bottom of my post. Click on either Departures or Arrivals under "Detailed Statistics." Keep in mind that for certain carriers (AA is one), you may get the airline's nose number in the form of a registration.

In your case, it will show up as N4XFAA - not the actual registration, but rather the nose number, 4XF. Doing a bit of Googling ("american airlines 4XF" usually works pretty well) will turn up N9619V. The same is true for the 737s (3AA, 3AB, 3AC, etc.), some 757s (5AA, 5AB, 5AC, etc.), and the 777s (7AA, 7AB, 7AC, etc.). You get the idea...

www (dot) bts (dot) gov/xml/ontimesummarystatistics/src/index (dot) xml

Sorry, the link screws up the forum - replace the (dot) above with a period

[Edited 2012-04-03 17:11:26]
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L1011
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RE: Need Help With An AA Registration

Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:06 pm

The placement of registrations on AA aircraft makes them very hard to see, being all the way at the back on the part of the aircraft that tapers. I noticed that most AA MD-80 aircraft have a little plaque on the bulkhead just to your right as you enter the plane which gives the ship number. From that, you can usually find the registration in JP Airline Fleets International, or on certain websites. Some aircraft have had this removed, as you can see screw holes where it used to be.

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RE: Need Help With An AA Registration

Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:45 am

Quoting L1011 (Reply 5):
I noticed that most AA MD-80 aircraft have a little plaque on the bulkhead just to your right as you enter the plane which gives the ship number.

True - this is one of the easiest ways to find a registration (at least the nose number, which will lead you to the registration). The employee recognition plaques are a good bet, since they're on the vast majority of aircraft. Eagle's planes have them too - I noticed that today.

Also, check on the nose gear doors or (on the MD-80s) the forward fuselage just aft of the L1 and R1 doors, and you'll find the nose number. This isn't too useful from inside the plane, though...  
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