Completing Your Aircraft Type

There are three basic parts to each aircraft type field: Weight Category / Type Designator / Equipment Suffix.

Weight Category
The
weight category is only applicable to 'Heavy' aircraft, defined as aircraft capable of takeoff weights of 300,000 pounds or more, whether or not it is operating at this weight during a particular phase of flight. For practical purposes, consider anything bigger than a Boeing 757 to be heavy (for example, B767, A330, A340, B747). A heavy aircraft receives a prefix of 'H/' in front of its aircraft type abbreviation. For the other aircraft categories (e.g. small and medium), no prefix is included.

Type Designator
Every aircraft has an aircraft type abbreviation, which is normally, but not always, four characters. A list of aircraft type abbreviations and their corresponding aircraft and wake category is available below. The list contains airplanes that are commonly used throughout BVA's server, but is my no means complete. For a more comprehensive list, see the FAA's Database.

Equipment Suffix
Finally, the equipment suffix tells controllers of your aircraft’s navigation capabilities. A list of possible equipment suffixes, as well as an interactive tool to help you determine your aircraft's suffix, is available on the Equipment Suffixes page.

Examples
Below are some correct examples of aircraft type abbreviations. Notice how each of the aircraft types are four characters, each has a specific equipment suffix, and only the last example has a prefix because it is the only aircraft classified as 'Heavy'.


C172/A
B350/G
B738/L
B753/Z
H/B763/L
Cessna 172
not using a
GPS.
Beechcraft King
Air with GPS capability
Boeing 737-800 using GNSS
Boeing 757-300 using an FMS with limited RNAV capability
Heavy Boeing 767 with GNSS
Aircraft Type Abbreviations
A
Code
Aircraft Wake Category
A30B
Airbus A300
H
A310
Airbus A310
H
A318
Airbus A318
L
A319
Airbus A319
L
A320
Airbus A320
L
A321
Airbus A321
L
A332
Airbus A330-200
H
A333
Airbus A330-300
H
A342
Airbus A340-200
H
A343
Airbus A340-300
H
A345
Airbus A340-500
H
A346
Airbus A340-600
H
AT45
Aerospatiale/Alenia ATR42-500
L
AT75
Aerospatiale/Alenia ATR72-500
L

B
Code
Aircraft Wake Category
B190
Beechcraft 1900
L
BE35
Beechcraft Bonanza 35
S
BE58
Beechcraft Baron 58
S
BE60
Beechcraft Duke 60
S
B06
Bell JetRanger
S
B703
Boeing 707
L
B712
Boeing 717
L
B721
Boeing 727-100
L
B722
Boeing 727-200
L
B731
Boeing 737-100
L
B732
Boeing 737-200
L
B733
Boeing 737-300
L
B734
Boeing 737-400
L
B735
Boeing 737-500
L
B736
Boeing 737-600
L
B737
Boeing 737-700
L
B738
Boeing 737-800
L
B739
Boeing 737-900
L
B741
Boeing 747-100
H
B742
Boeing 747-200
H
B743
Boeing 747-300
H
B744
Boeing 747-400
H
B748
Boeing 747-800
H
B752
Boeing 757-200
L
B753
Boeing 757-300
L
B762
Boeing 767-200
H
B763
Boeing 767-300
H
B764
Boeing 767-400
H
B772
Boeing 777-200
H
B773
Boeing 777-300
H
B788
Boeing 787-800
H

C
Code
Aircraft Wake Category
C17
Boeing C17 Globemaster
H
CRJ1
Canadair Regional Jet 100
L
CRJ2
Canadair Regional Jet 200
L
CRJ7
Canadair Regional Jet 700
L
CRJ9
Canadair Regional Jet 900
L
C152
Cessna 152
S
C172
Cessna 172 Skyhawk
S
C182
Cessna 182 Skylane
S
C208
Cessna 208 Caravan
S
C402
Cessna 402 Businessliner
S
C414
Cessna 414 Chancellor
S
C441
Cessna 441 Conquest
S
C500
Cessna Citation 500
S
C510
Cessna Citation Mustang
S
C750
Cessna Citation X
S

D
Code
Aircraft Wake Category
DC10
Douglas DC-10
H
DH8A
De Havilland Canada DHC-8-100 Dash 8 / 8Q
L
DH8B
De Havilland Canada DHC-8-200 Dash 8 / 8Q
L
DH8C
De Havilland Canada DHC-8-300 Dash 8 / 8Q
L
DH8D
De Havilland Canada DHC-8-400 Dash 8 / 8Q
L
DHC2
De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver
S
DHC3
De Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
S
DHC6
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter
S

E
Code
Aircraft Wake Category
E120
Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia
L
E135
Embraer RJ135
L
E145
Embraer RJ145
L
E170
Embraer 170
L
E190
Embraer 190
L
E300
Extra 300S
S
EH10
AgustaWestland EH-101
S

J
Code
Aircraft Wake Category
J3
Piper J-3 Cub
S

L
Code
Aircraft Wake Category
LJ45
Learjet 45
L

M
Code
Aircraft Wake Category
MD11
McDonnell Douglas MD11
H
MD80
McDonnell Douglas MD80
L
MD81
McDonnell Douglas MD81
L
MD82
McDonnell Douglas MD82
L
M20J
Mooney 201
S
M20M
Mooney Bravo
S

P
Code
Aircraft Wake Category
P28A
Piper Warrior
S
PAY1
Piper Cheyenne I
S
PAY2
Piper Cheyenne II
S
PC12
Pilatus PC-12
S
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