alaska airport identifiers


#1

I was wondering why some airports in AK have a PA identifier in the airport code and some have a K? ie. PANC vs. KFAI. Has this been discussed previously, if not will it be fixed so that airport information can been researched?


#2

This has been discussed previously (use the search link above).
Basically, the states have 3 different ICAO prefixes:
K followed by the 3 letter FAA identified is used in the 48 contiguous states. (JFK, KFJK)
PH followed by 2 letters is used in Hawaii. The two letters are usually the last two of hte FAA code (HNL, PHNL; OGG, PHOG)
PA followed by 2 letters is used in Alaska (ANC, PANC, BET, PABE).

FlightAware assumes that any 3 letter identifier in the USA is prefixed by K. However, as you have found out, this is wrong. They are working on it.


#3

Found answers in other posts from '05. Is the issue going to be addressed in "08 or is it a moot point to hope that the icao airport codes will be added.
Also I love the way flight aware works minus this one small glitch.