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Old 12-02-2005, 01:41 PM
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why is newark airport called ewr?

Thats my entire question
Old 12-02-2005, 01:44 PM
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Thats my entire question
It's just an abbreviation, kinda like Tampa is TPA. And Fort Lauderdale is FLL. Some airport codes are abbreviations of the actual airport name, like Orlando is MCO (MCCoy).


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Old 12-02-2005, 01:47 PM
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http://skygod.com/asstd/abc.html

Apparently, the Navy reserved codes beginning with N, while W and K are for radio stations, so there were few options left when these were removed from 'Newark'.
Old 12-02-2005, 02:29 PM
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http://skygod.com/asstd/abc.html

Apparently, the Navy reserved codes beginning with N, while W and K are for radio stations, so there were few options left when these were removed from 'Newark'.
Yes, radio station call leters (in the US) do start with W or K, but that does not preclude them from being used in airport codes. There are lots of codes that start with K or W.
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So it rhymes with "sewer".


Sorry...couldn't resist.
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Apparently, the Navy reserved codes beginning with N, while W and K are for radio stations, so there were few options left when these were removed from 'Newark'.
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Yes, radio station call leters (in the US) do start with W or K, but that does not preclude them from being used in airport codes. There are lots of codes that start with K or W.
And plenty that begin with N.
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It's just an abbreviation
Nitpick: It's not really an abbreviation, but an airport identifier code.
Old 12-02-2005, 03:11 PM
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In general there is no set system for airport codes, that's why you have DCA for Reagan National, LAX for Los Angeles, and even weirder ones.
Old 12-02-2005, 03:18 PM
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And plenty that begin with N.
Okay, name some airport codes that start with K, W, or N. I can't think of any myself.

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Old 12-02-2005, 03:21 PM
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EWR own FAQ says nothing about it
http://panynj.gov/aviation/ehisfram.htm

I have Email IATA with hopes they will reply.

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1-2-2 Assignment Authorities
a. The Federal Aviation Administration assigns three-letter identifiers (except those beginning with the letters, K, N, Q, W, Y, and Z), three and four character identifiers, and five-letter name codes for the United States and its jurisdictions.

b. The Department of Navy assigns three-letter identifiers beginning with the letter N for the exclusive use of that Department.

c. Transport Canada assigns two, three, and four character identifiers, including three letter identifiers beginning with letters Y and Z, for its areas of jurisdiction.

d. The Federal Communication Commission assigns blocks of identifiers beginning with K and W for its areas of responsibility. The block beginning with Q is under international telecommunications jurisdiction.
http://faa.gov/atpubs/LID/CH1.htm#1
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Okay, name some airport codes that start with K, W, or N. I can't think of any myself.

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Here's a list of codes for you.

KIN- Kingston, Jamaica
WBU-Boulder, Co
NAS-Nassau, Bahamas
Old 12-02-2005, 03:32 PM
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"Ewr" sums up my opinion of the Newark airport, where I once spent an unhappy night in transfer en route to Cancun from Detroit. On preview, sewer also works well.
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Jamaica? Bahamas? I know we laugh about Americans and geography, but I think you missed a crucial point along the way. No idea how Boulder gets to be an expection, though!
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Sorry, I missed the (in the US) part of your post. Here's one for K. I don't see one for N (in the US).

KCL - Chignik, AK, USA
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Or was that a naval base? Now I'm confused too.
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Looks like Alaska has a separate system, going by the Ks on this stupidly-large page. There are a few municipal airports on that list with W codes, but Boulder isn't one of them.
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Chicago's O'Hare airport is ORD. It has something to do with "Orchard" something something. It goes back to the '50s. There's a definite meaning to it that has nothing to do with O'Hare (who was some big-shot test pilot, I believe).
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Orchard Field, originally.
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Looks like Alaska has a separate system, going by the Ks on this stupidly-large page. There are a few municipal airports on that list with W codes, but Boulder isn't one of them.
Yeah, there must be something up with Alaska because I just found another site with a bunch of US codes starting with N, and they're all in Alaska. I wonder why that is..
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Orchard Field, originally.
That's right. But I thought the "__ R D" all meant something specific.
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That's right. But I thought the "__ R D" all meant something specific.
It wouldn't surprise me if there was an urban myth which had turned the thing into a three-letter acronym. But nothing I can find suggests any other name than Orchard Field, and it seems pretty obvious that the R and D come from that. Occam's Razor, and whatnot.
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Occam's Razor, and whatnot.
Cecil's razor, too
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And I knew that we'd done this before. Plenty of good info there.
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