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Air-to-Air Registrations?

Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:06 pm

In this photo, the photographer seems to know the registration. Despite the plane being quite far away and all the numbers being unreadable, how do they figure out what the reg was? I suppose you could did through ACARS records or maybe email the airline but is there another way?

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RE: Air-to-Air Registrations?

Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:34 pm

Probably he can read the reg. on his original file (before cropping)?
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RE: Air-to-Air Registrations?

Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:43 pm

Would I be right in thinking that, if it was taken by a pilot, they can find out what it's reg is from a certain computer?
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RE: Air-to-Air Registrations?

Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:44 pm

He also may have gotten other shots that he looked at that were zoomed in closer to the tail but not really A.net quality or such.
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RE: Air-to-Air Registrations?

Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:57 am

I'm pretty sure the reg would be readable on the original file.
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RE: Air-to-Air Registrations?

Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:20 am

It is easy. Even if reg is not redable he can find. You know shooting time , approx. place and route. After arrival you are checking the route (it is gonna take a time) and looking for a fllight number (e.g. flightaware). Then you can run acarsd database and... Voila...
I am using this way to find aircraft's reg when flying at high altitude.
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