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Old 25th Nov 2009, 22:07
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Question Zimbabwe registration

How come Zim was allocated aircraft registrations of Z-abc instead of an ICAO standard alphabetic 5-code like ZW-abc or even one the abstract codes like K9-abc?
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Old 25th Nov 2009, 23:38
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It was a unilateral decision by the freshly minted Mugabe regime, who did not know or care about the ICAO process/structure. But in the early 1980's, everyone was so busy fawning over the new boy-wonder and his regime in Zimbabwe that they politely worked around the problem and accomodated them.

Then they pulled the same stunt on the Air Zim flight numbers - just changed them to "AZ" (or something similar). This was the same as someone elses code so it immediately threw the system into chaos, I gather. So then they looked through the remaining spare code combinations and reluctantly accepted "UM" as being as close as they could get.

But maybe someone else has better detail on this? (It almost belongs in "You know you are in Africa..")
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Old 26th Nov 2009, 10:42
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UM

Does that stand for Uncle Mugabe?
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Old 26th Nov 2009, 13:24
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UM stands for....

UUUUUMMMMMMM........................................Eish! That isss verry complicated
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Old 26th Nov 2009, 14:36
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Does that stand for Uncle Mugabe?
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