Finding an aircraft by the first few digits of a callsign


#1

I thought once when I searched incorrectly that flightaware plugged in the first digits of the callsign with an * at the end and it searched for flights that matched the beginning of the callsign (eg: SWA17*).

Was this just a goof or is this something I can do? What I’d ultimately like to do is type in FIV5* which will bring up all aircraft that have filed with the callsign that starts with FIV5 (but will also display callsigns with more than 1 digit number, eg: FIV509).

Thanks,


#2

Wildcard searching of flight numbers is not currently functional.
Enter “wildcard” into the search link at the top of this page and you will find many discussions on this topic.


#3

David, I don’t think HPNP is referring to wildcard searches. If you enter a commercial flight number that doesn’t exist, you get somthing that is vaguely like a wildcard search.

For example, I tried to track SWA7572 and got this response

“FlightAware couldn’t find SWA7572 just yet.”

with a page full of similar possibilities (partial string search) to choose as a substitute flight.

This doesn’t work as a wildcard (SWA7***) or for a flight number that has a historic activity log. It also doesn’t work for ‘N’-aircraft.

Fwiw, HPNP, that type of partial string search is still working.