Argentine registrations illustrated: From LV-AXA to LV-AXZ
|Thursday 27 September 2012||Text by Carlos Ay under Spotting & research|
Available evidence indicates this block was used almost completely, with only two identities unaccounted for to the present day (LV-AXB and LV-AXK). “Alfa X-Ray” registrations started being used in the 1980’s, went into reserve in the 1990’s and revived in the first five half of the early 2000’s. Most of the block’s earliest allocations (entered in the late 1980’s) were registered to local manufacturer Chincul (a Piper licensee), a distinguishing feature in this registrations range and a testimony of days long-gone for the local aircraft manufacturing industry. Another distinctive feature in the block is that, although Argentine Register regulations ban the repeated use of a given registration, two identities in this block were also (strangely) used twice: LV-AXG and LV-AXP. Originally, they were allocated briefly to Piper Pawnee crop sprayers built by Chincul in Pocito (San Juan) and eventually exported to Brazil. A decade and a half later, however, the registrations were re-used by another pair of crop-sprayers; but this came from foreign, rather than national, manufacturers Cessna (USA) and Pezetel (Poland).
The block contains only three commercial air transport individuals and all of them are worthy of note. As the 1980’s drew to a close, Swedish manufacturer SAAB managed to enter two of their regional SF-340A commuters into the Argentine register (LV-AXV and LV-AXW) by selling them to provincial airlines Transportes Aéreos Neuquén (TAN) and Líneas Aéreas Entre Ríos (LAER). Shortly after the turn of the century, Aerolíneas Argentinas registered its second of three “Queen of the Skies” Boeing 747-400s (LV-AXF); which coincidentally became the last Jumbo Jet flying commercially under Argentine markings (see So long, Jumbo). At least two different sources also identify an Aeroposta Argentina Junkers Ju-52 as being allocated the above mentioned LV-AXB slot in the 1930s, but confirmation (either formal or photographic) will be appreciated. Outstanding general aviation items include Argentina’s first HB-350 Esquilo (LV-AXT), Helicópteros Marinos’ third and last Aerospatiale Dauphin (LV-AXY), Aeroclub Rivadavia’s aerobatic Bellanca Decathlon (LV-AXJ) and one of the few “ugly-ducklings” of the Weatherly family (LV-AXX).
Fuentes: Aeropuerto Sauce Viejo (blog extraoficial), Airlife’s General Aviation (por R. W. Simpson, Airlife Publishing, Inglaterra, 1995), Airliners, Alparamis, Asociación Evangélica “Asamblea del Dios” (Salta), C. Cal et al: Aviación Naval Argentina (SS&CC Ediciones, Argentina, 1984), M. Magnusson & Gabriel Pavlovcic: Registro Completo de Aeronaves Civiles de Argentina 1938-2011 (Tomo 1, Ediciones Argentinidad, Argentina, 2012), R. W. Simpson: Airlife’s General Aviation (Airlife Publishing, Inglaterra, 1995). La versión original de esta historia se publicó en Pista 18 el 29 de septiembre de 2008.