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Who Is "Dot Com?"

Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:39 pm

This may have been answered in a previous thread, but I was not able to find it.

During the past few months, while listening to Air Traffic Control on my VHF scanner, I have heard quite a few transmissions between ATC and aircraft using "Dot Com" callsigns, followed by a number (example "Dot Com 538").

I could not find references in any database regarding what business or airline this is.

Does anyone know who "Dot Com" is and what kind of aircraft it is?

Thank you very much.

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RE: Who Is "Dot Com?"

Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:59 pm

Dotcom is a callsign owned by "fltplan.com" site, that allows their users to file a flightplan using a random dotcom callsign in place of the usual N-number, and is used by mostly corporate fleets to hinder the possibility of competition to track their corporate aircrafts by the N-numbers on the likes of flightaware, used commonly since the time some bill was passed that disallowed having your N-number blocked from these tracking services.

So now that fictional N123GM has to be shown on FlightAware, and can not be blocked, the company uses say DCM538 (alternating every fllight) so that Ford can not just bookmark http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N123GM and follow Daniel Akerson as he flies around with his Gulfstream.
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RE: Who Is "Dot Com?"

Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:22 am

Other than "Redstripe" the next best call sign in the industry!!!!   

Quoting Fabo (Reply 1):
is used by mostly corporate fleets to hinder the possibility of competition to track their corporate aircrafts by the N-numbers



I have to somewhat disagree with that statement. There are large numbers of corporate flight departments that use the N number of the aircraft for flight planning. Such as N28....and N30.....and N76.....even though I am leaving the remainder of the N number from this posting I don't think it is as wide spread as you indicate, not yet anyway.
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RE: Who Is "Dot Com?"

Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:03 am

I am not suggesting that most corporate fleets use it, rather than most users are corporate fleets  
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RE: Who Is "Dot Com?"

Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:21 am

From what I've heard it is to exploit a loophole for those that wish to keep their travels discreet (which is mostly corporate) but couldn't do so as much after that bill passed disallowing the blocking of N numbers from flight tracking software.
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RE: Who Is "Dot Com?"

Thu Jan 19, 2012 3:47 am

I thought it was reported this bill was killed...
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RE: Who Is "Dot Com?"

Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:06 am

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 4):
From what I've heard it is to exploit a loophole for those that wish to keep their travels discreet (which is mostly corporate) but couldn't do so as much after that bill passed disallowing the blocking of N numbers from flight tracking software.

Correct, except that it wasn't a bill, it was a policy decision by the DOT.

Quoting blueflyer (Reply 5):
I thought it was reported this bill was killed...

True, but it still might be useful to some, and maintaining the callsign in the registry doesn't really cost anything. You'll still hear it, but you'll hear less of it than you would if the policy had gone into effect.

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RE: Who Is "Dot Com?"

Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:50 am

Quoting Mir (Reply 6):
Correct, except that it wasn't a bill, it was a policy decision by the DOT.

Gotcha, thanks for the correction.  
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RE: Who Is "Dot Com?"

Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:29 am

Quoting e38 (Thread starter):

Are you near SDL? I hear them going in and out of there all the time. It's ridiculous how many jets are there.
 
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RE: Who Is "Dot Com?"

Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:30 pm

Everyone, thank you very much for the responses. This is very interesting, the fact that there is a callsign to enable operators to block the tracking of aircraft movement.

Quoting spudsmac (Reply 8), "Are you near SDL? I hear them going in and out of there all the time."

No, it seems as though I have heard them in the high altitude (enroute) sectors most of the time. That would indicate they are probably corporate-type jets or perhaps high performance turboprops.

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RE: Who Is "Dot Com?"

Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:49 pm

Quoting spudsmac (Reply 8):
Are you near SDL? I hear them going in and out of there all the time. It's ridiculous how many jets are there.

One of the corporate flight departments based in SDL has all 3 of their aircraft using DCM, they fly a lot.
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