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Callsign Abbreviation

Sun Aug 21, 2005 6:32 pm

I thought SAS' callsign was "Scandinavian" but have on a scanner (in Scandinavia) frequently heard them using "Scandi". So is this just within Scandinavia (home region), or is it normal to abbreviate callsigns, wherever you are?
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RE: Callsign Abbreviation

Mon Aug 22, 2005 12:17 am

"Scandi" is the approved radiotelephony call for SAS/Scandinavian. As I recall it changed about 3 years ago.
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RE: Callsign Abbreviation

Mon Aug 22, 2005 1:12 am

Ok, but I heard it some 10 years ago. Was in unofficial then?
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RE: Callsign Abbreviation

Mon Aug 22, 2005 1:27 am

Any link on Callsigns for Airlines worldwide.
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RE: Callsign Abbreviation

Mon Aug 22, 2005 6:10 am

Yeah, SAS has been using "Scandi" for a long time now. Whether it was approved or not I don't know; I'm assuming it was though.
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RE: Callsign Abbreviation

Mon Aug 22, 2005 6:26 am

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 3):
Any link on Callsigns for Airlines worldwide.


It lists SAS's callsign as "scandinavian", but there could be a shortening agreed to by SAS and the various ATC facilities.

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RE: Callsign Abbreviation

Tue Aug 23, 2005 1:43 pm

Our callsign is "Flagship," but around memphis alot of the controllers will refer to as "Flag" alot of the time... apparently goes back quite a few years.
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RE: Callsign Abbreviation

Fri Aug 26, 2005 8:23 am

SAS did indeed use "Scandi" for callsign in the mid-90s but as far as I know that was changed back in the late 90s. I've haven't heard the "Scandi" callsign, at least in Scandinavia, since then and the topic hasn't come up elsewhere what I have seen. What is used when out and about in the various corners of the world I don't know.

Not sure what regulations say, if an operator is allowed to use a different callsign by agreement with local ATC but I'd guess that would need approval by ICAO, right?
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RE: Callsign Abbreviation

Fri Aug 26, 2005 8:38 am

SAS does not use Scandi any more! They use "Scandinavian", the only ones that use "Scandi" are some old farts in the front that have a hard time adjusting back when they get stressed!!! Big grin

SAS&Braathens use the callsign "Scannor", which is a pain in Norway, since a majority of the traffic is SAS and SAS&Braathens. Callsign confusion? Naaahhh.........

Some moths back we had "Scannor 442", Scannor 482", Scannor 462" and Scandinavian 332" all departing the north of Norway heading through the same sectors at the same time each morning! Much use of the frase "Caution! Many simmilar callsigns on the freq" at Bodø ATCC!  Big grin

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