Airline7322
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Waterski Callsign

Sat Oct 08, 2005 9:02 am

While listening to channel 9 on United flying from Hartford to IAD, I frequently heard ATC talking with a plane on approach to IAD. The callsign was Waterski XXX (insert number, my memory fails me). My question is simple: what airline has that callsign? The ATC was describing the livery of a Flyi Airbus A319 a couple miles of his wing, so I assume the plane was from out of town.
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RE: Waterski Callsign

Sat Oct 08, 2005 9:36 am

Waterski is the radio callsign for Trans States Airlines. They operate a number of flights for United Express, AmericanConnection, and I believe US Airways Express.
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RE: Waterski Callsign

Sat Oct 08, 2005 10:52 am

Thanks for the quick response. I probably would not have made that connection, as my callsign knowledge is limited.
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RE: Waterski Callsign

Sat Oct 08, 2005 11:20 am

Quoting Bri2k1 (Reply 1):
Waterski is the radio callsign for Trans States Airlines.

I heard a story about them using "waterski" planes back when they started and landing on the Mississippi River @ St. Louis. (Trans States home)
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RE: Waterski Callsign

Sat Oct 08, 2005 11:22 am

that's true, their call sign has roots in the very beginning of the airline when the operated charter flights with floatplanes.
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RE: Waterski Callsign

Sat Oct 08, 2005 12:30 pm

Quoting Airline7322 (Reply 2):

You're welcome  Smile Don't be afraid to ask the pilots after the flight if you heard something on the radio that was interesting. They'll probably be impresseed with your listening skills, and very happy to explain anything to you.
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RE: Waterski Callsign

Sat Oct 08, 2005 11:30 pm

Most airline pilots have no idea who Waterski is until I tell them it's us...

...and then most of them have not even heard of Trans States Airlines
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RE: Waterski Callsign

Sat Oct 08, 2005 11:41 pm

call sign listing, chapter 3

http://www.faa.gov/ATpubs/CNT/CNTHME.htm

[Edited 2005-10-08 16:43:05]
 
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RE: Waterski Callsign

Sun Oct 09, 2005 8:04 am

Quoting Cancidas (Reply 4):
that's true, their call sign has roots in the very beginning of the airline when the operated charter flights with floatplanes.

I don't think I buy that. I'm from STL, which is also the home of Trans States Airlines, and I've never heard of them flying floatplanes.

The airline got its start flying from STL to an airport in central Missouri at the Lake of The Ozarks, which is a very large lake with resorts and condos, etc...where people like to...you guessed it, water ski.
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RE: Waterski Callsign

Sun Oct 09, 2005 8:54 pm

Quoting Learpilot (Reply 8):
The airline got its start flying from STL to an airport in central Missouri at the Lake of The Ozarks, which is a very large lake with resorts and condos, etc...where people like to...you guessed it, water ski.

BINGO!

The airline provided service to Lee C. Fine Airport (KAIZ) at Lake of the Ozarks. They currently have a base at STL and on the east coast (IAD I believe). The fleet consists of Jetstream 41s, EMB-145s, and an ATR-42 and one 72.
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RE: Waterski Callsign

Mon Oct 10, 2005 3:51 am

The callsign is Trans States and you can find other callsigns and their corresponding airlines at http://www.airodyssey.net

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