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Old 07-04-2014, 08:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was looking up some of my recent flights on FlightAware and noticed that it designates between MD-83, MD-83/L, and MD-83/Z for aircraft type in the activity log.

Does anyone know what the the /L and /Z means for these planes?

American Airlines (AA) #1422 ? FlightAware

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It's the equipment suffix. A /L has GNSS. A /Z does not. The suffix tells you what navigational capabilities the aircraft has and if it is RVSM qualified.

I don't know if other parts of the world care about GNSS but in the US, I treat a L and a Z the same way.

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Thank you very much!
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I just saw your link too. For the ones where it just says MD-83...those are flights where FlightAware just doesn't know what it was. All of them are going to file a /something. From a Cessna to a 747, they all have an equipment suffix. Generally, though -- most jets these days will be a /L or /Z. (e.g. MD83/L, B752/Z, C208/G, DC95/W)

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