Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2004 07:37:27 +0100
From: David Taylor <>
Subject: Re: Saab Repair Manuals

> And L to R Registration is the British way to encode a date. It doesn't > have anything to do with Left or Right. got it for us > eventually. -meld We have gone through various number plate registration schema, at one point we has plates such as A1 (I saw A2) the other day and I think that was on a Saab if I recall. Plate would still have been worth more than the car. Then we had ABC 123A where the last A is a letter denoting year. L would denote a 1993 or 1994 car, we used to change in August to be awkward! To further complicate matters, we then missed out letters that could be confused with each other so in the year position missed out I, O, Q, U and Z. I never got this because those letters (or some of them did exist in the first part of the registration but I guess we don't get to be confused there!) Q was reserved for kit cars and other situations where there are anomilies in the registration process. Then when we go to Y, we realsed that the alphabet had come to the end so swapped it all around and bunged the year designation at the front, to yield A123 ABC. This worked for the same amount of time until we ran out again and now we have a system which is AB01 ABC where the two digits denote the year so 01 would be first 6 months of 2001, 51 means last 6 months of the year. Simple eh?! The way we name airports (officially for ICAO use not IATA use) is just as bizarre. Where the US use LAX (IATA) for Los Angeles and KLAX (ICAO) works for me, in the UK we have London Heathrow which in IATA is LHR but in ICAO is EGLL! Oxford becomes EGTK - obviously. :) David.

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