Bernhard Fragner is CJP’s first European Board Member. He is the CEO of GlobeAir, which specializes in the niche market of customized business flights operating a fleet of Cessna C510 Citation Mustangs. Bernhard recently discussed European registrations and tail numbers with CJP Executive Director Jon Huggins.

A GlobeAir C510 Citation Mustang with Austrian registration in honor of company CEO Bernhard Fragner.

A GlobeAir C510 Citation Mustang with Austrian registration in honor of company CEO Bernhard Fragner.

“In Europe, we also have the ability to customize an aircraft’s registration, but it varies slightly from country to country,” he explained. “One difference from the United States is that we cannot use numbers; only letters.”

Here are a few examples, beginning with GlobeAir’s own C510 fleet:

    Austria: the tail number is OE-Fxx.

•”OE” stands for Austria
•”F” is a twin engine aircraft below 5.7 metric tons (12,500 lbs) MTOW
•”xx” are the two letters the owner may choose

For example, three of Bernhard’s aircraft are registered as follows:
•OE-FCB: Claudio Bruno, Bernhard’s business partner and GlobeAir co-founder
•OE-FNP: Nicola Potenza, GlobeAir’s maintenance manager
•OE-FFB: Fragner, Bernhard (shown above)

    Germany: D-Ixxx

•”D” stands for Germany
•”I” is a twin engine jet
•”xxx” is up to owner’s choice

    UK: G-Fxxx

•”G” stands for UK (Great Britain)
•”F” is twin engine jet
•”xxx” is the owner’s choice

    Italy: I-xxxx

•”I” stands for Italy
•”xxxx” is the owner’s choice

    Spain: EC-Lxx

•”EC” stands for Spain
•”L” is a twin engine jet
•”xx” is the owner’s choice

    Czech: OK-xxx

•”OK” stands for Czech Republic
•”xxx” is the owner’s choice

    France: F-Gxxx

•”F” stands for France
•”G” is a twin engine jet
•”xxx” is the owner’s choice

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