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Type Abbreviations

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.
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
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    
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
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
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
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
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
Code Aircraft Wake Category
J3 Piper J-3 Cub S
Code Aircraft Wake Category
LJ45 Learjet 45 L
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
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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