n88kb
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Aircraft Names Or Reg?

Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:55 pm

Hi Folks,
Would like to know how pilots, ground crew and mechs identify and talk about the aircraft in the fleets.
Are the planes referred by tail number or the names given to the plane? For example do pilots refer to the old Wunula Dreaming as Wunula or by its reg -OEJ?

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larshjort
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RE: Aircraft Names Or Reg?

Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:56 pm

At my airline we use the reg. Jay Jay for OY-RJJ and Tango Charlie for OY-RTC and so on.

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Sun Apr 22, 2012 2:40 pm

Reg. number at my all 737 airline, 7xx = -400's, 6xx = -700's, 5xx = -800's, 3xx = -900's.
 
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Sun Apr 22, 2012 2:46 pm

From what I gathered around me, airlines used a mixture of registration, or part of registration, official name, and nickname.

for ex. OK AT42 OK-VFI was most times refered to as Skyrider, its official name, while one of the other was nicknamed Garfield after it was AOG because of a stray cat hiding somewhere in the airplane.

In NE then, most planes were refered by last character of their reg.; but then there was of course Adriana... etc.
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Sun Apr 22, 2012 3:58 pm

We call our 744's by the last two letters of the registraion. Means. D-ABTD is called 'tango delta'. That makes it 100% clear which 744 is meant as they all have D-AB and then the last two letters identify the airplane.

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Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:07 pm

One of the funnier A/C nicknames I heard on this forum were "Badly Maintained", "Badly Broken" and "Badly Damaged", all based on the last two letters of the respective registration...  
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Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:00 pm

We use aircraft registrations for all the AV fleet wether its maintenance, engineering, operations, dispatch ect.

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Mon Apr 23, 2012 3:52 am

We use "Ship number" which is a four digit number "internal" to the company. It is different than the tail number or registration number (N-number in the United States). In some cases the "Ship number" is similar to the registration number, but not necessarily; particularly if the aircraft was acquired from another company and not directly from the manufacturer.

Our aircraft do not have "names."

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RE: Aircraft Names Or Reg?

Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:54 am

Quoting n88kb (Thread starter):
Are the planes referred by tail number or the names given to the plane?

At F9, it is two ways: The mechanics don;t give diddly squat about the animal on the tail, so they use the tail number in numeral format (IE: 926, 803, 202, etc etc...) but some rampers and most Aircraft Appearance Agents use the animal on the tail to see who is coming in and whatnot.

Quoting yeelep (Reply 2):
Reg. number at my all 737 airline, 7xx = -400's, 6xx = -700's, 5xx = -800's, 3xx = -900's.

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RE: Aircraft Names Or Reg?

Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:20 am

Aircraft are named by registration at Qantas - for most aircraft series there are fewer than 26 examples, so only one letter differentiates all the ships in each fleet.
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Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:19 pm

Normally refer to them as the last two letters of the Registration marks.
eg delta,Mike....delta,november, delta,kilo etc.
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Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:53 pm

Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 5):
One of the funnier A/C nicknames I heard on this forum were "Badly Maintained", "Badly Broken" and "Badly Damaged", all based on the last two letters of the respective registration...  

Would that be for BD? G-WWBM G-WWBD G-WWBB I think were the registrations of the 3 BD A330s (when they had 3), now it's just WBM and WBD

I know with the flying school I use, we refer to the aircraft by their two last letters, e.g. G-GAEA we call "Echo Alpha", G-GAEB "Echo Bravo", we all know which aircraft they are as the Cessnas and Cirrus have totally different registrations.
 
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RE: Aircraft Names Or Reg?

Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:30 pm

Quoting Larshjort (Reply 1):

At my airline we use the reg. Jay Jay for OY-RJJ and Tango Charlie for OY-RTC and so on.

/Lars

CRJs also known as "RJJammerlig", "RJElendig" etc. in times of tech  

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RE: Aircraft Names Or Reg?

Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:18 pm

At Polar Air and Atlas Air, we use registration. For example 416 Mike Charlie or 419 Mike Charlie. For the Polar planes, we only use the numbers, like 450 or 451. We also get the Dreamlifter, but we only call them Dreamlifters.
 
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RE: Aircraft Names Or Reg?

Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:20 am

Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 5):
One of the funnier A/C nicknames I heard on this forum were "Badly Maintained", "Badly Broken" and "Badly Damaged", all based on the last two letters of the respective registration...

Oh yes, reminds me. VGZávada (VG Fault) or VRAk (wreck)  
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RE: Aircraft Names Or Reg?

Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:19 pm

At my former airline, we used the first three digits of the N-number, which was also the ship number. However there were some planes which had names such as Dead Airplane, F..kin Broke, Junk Machine, Maintenance Trainer, Many Troubles, Sh!t Bucket, etc. which corresponded to the last two letters of the N-number. There was a plane we called Christine, due to it always going tech, or Hangar Queen because it spent so much time in the hangar. One we called Greyhound because it was hit by a bus.
 
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RE: Aircraft Names Or Reg?

Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:23 pm

At DL we use the tail number.
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RE: Aircraft Names Or Reg?

Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:32 pm

Quoting planejamie (Reply 11):

Yes, it seems so... but I only remember having read these aptly chosen nicknames on a.net...  
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RE: Aircraft Names Or Reg?

Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:43 am

At Delta TechOps all DL aircraft are worked to the Ship No (which may or may not have any correlation to the N-Number), while non-DL customer aircraft are referred to by their registration (and identified in documents by both their registration and S/N or line number).
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