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abc Civil Aircraft Markings 2012 [Paperback]

Allan S. Wright
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Book Description

15 Mar 2012
Civil Aircraft Markings continues to be the enthusiast's 'Bible' for its detailed and comprehensive listing of every single British registered aircraft, microlight, balloon and glider, plus overseas airliners that can be seen in British airspace. In January 2011, the total number of aircraft on the register was in excess of 20,000 so this is a monumental work of reference. Also included are airline codes for those carriers most likely to appear in or over the UK, and radio frequencies for the large airports are also listed. The information remains easily and instantly accessible, and is alphabetically arranged by aircraft code, and gives model details and owner/operator information.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Midland Publishing; 63 Revised edition (15 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857803574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857803570
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Allan Wright lives in Essex. He has been the compiler of abc Civil Aircraft Markings since the late 1970s and has also written numerous other aviation publications for Ian Allan Publishing, most recently a sixth edition of abc British Airports and abc Cargo Airlines.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars civil aircraft markings 21 April 2012
By dicky
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i have been taking this book annually for over 50 years. the latest edition is much larger than older verions and contains all relevant information
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CAM 2012 20 April 2012
By Moog
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Despatched by Amazon on the day of release and here within 48hrs. As only spotters will purchase this product its a no-brainer to try and even dissect the guide. As a Amazon supplied product, it was delivered efficiently and in good order, as per usual. Very happy with the service.
If, per chance, this product WAS purchased by a beginner to the hobby, then basically its all you need to cover the UK civil aircraft scene....and handy pocket sized too. There is a limited overseas airliner section and, like most types of these there are the odd errors, but its a good ground level companion. There ARE more in-depth volumes doing the perennial rounds, but unless you're a serious number cruncher then this should be right up your street.
All in all, good buy....and a couple of quid under the official price to boot. Nice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying if you love plane spotting! 3 Aug 2012
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A fantastic book, for plane lovers who want to spot commercial airlines.

it is well laid out with a box next to each registry marking for your own notes (such as date you saw the aircraft for example)

the reason i have only given it 4 stars,
.is because although i can understand they have tried to get thousands of aircraft registrations into a smaller book as possible, the writing is very small
.i have already spotted a few aircraft that are not listed (which is strange because this book is supposed to be 2012- however there is a section in the book to write down this info)
.only details aircraft leaving and entering the UK

saying that, these are only very very minor things.

i would still recommend this book to anyone- (well, at least anyone who loves plane spotting anyway!)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the BEST ! 4 May 2012
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I bought my first CAM (Civil Aircraft Markings at Leeds Bradford Airport in 1977 65p ! I found it a useful , informative guide to the aircraft that I saw at the aiport.
Today I find myself looking at my latest CAM, 2012 as informative as ever , same format, alas the colour pictures have disappeared, but that is no great loss.
The book starts with an index of International Civil Aircraft Markings (Where`s that plane from ?), followed by Aircraft Type,Designations and Abbreviations, and then the Register itself, usual format Registration, Type / alternative markings carried, Owner / Operator, and finally a space for notes , this runs from page 9 through to page 304, followed by the Isle of Man Register,15 pages of black /white photographs, a Military to Civil cross reference (Very Useful), followed by the Irish Civil Aircraft Register, two more pages of photographs, and then the Overseas Airliner Registrations,not all the overseas registrations , but those most likely to be seen at UK airports or overflying UK Airspace, followed by more photographs, a Radio Frequency Guide for civil airports and aerodromes, Airline Flight Codes,
and finally The British Aircraft Preservation Council Register ( for aircraft not included in the Civil aircraft register or those which do not qualify for a military serial (Replica`s , Museum exhibits, Home built non flying aircraft.

BE WARNED ! Purchasing this book could be the start of a lifetime hobby which all the family can enjoy - a picnic at the local airport on a sunny day - sheer bliss !!

Dont forget to purchase Military Aircraft Markings 2012 too !

Steve W-B May 4th 2012 ( National Star Wars Day - May the Fourth be with you )
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5.0 out of 5 stars As expected 29 April 2014
By Mark
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This is the latest in long running series of aircraft "spotting" books and is simply an up to date version of the previous edition. it does exactly what you would expect and lists all the civil aircraft you are likely to encounter in regular use in and over Britain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got to Have it 11 Aug 2013
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The must have book for plane buffs :-)

Why do we have to type all these words when just a Great buy is all we want to say???
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Title 9 Aug 2013
By Saloio
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In my ignorance I thought the title referred to colour schemes, not serial numbers. Planes flying over me to land at Gatwick are too high to read the serial numbers so the book made a quick trip to the charity shop!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 19 May 2013
By dusty
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My brother's book, he is a plane spotter and thought this was great, still using it this year,thank you very much
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Essential reference source!
Published 17 days ago by J D Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Newer book and just as good!
More informative than the first book and in fact greater depth of the subject! This works very much hand in hand with the previous book, excellent!
Published 17 months ago by AceiShop
5.0 out of 5 stars Good information
This was for a friend who takes photos of small planes at Popham Airfield and needs this reference book for information,.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Continued Pleasure
As an avid aircraft enthusiast I find this publication extremely useful and I have used it annually since the early 1970's. Read more
Published on 9 July 2012 by RG
5.0 out of 5 stars abcCivil Aircraft Markings 2012
an EXCELLENT book for all AVIATION Spotters,with loads of data, Good value for money,This is perhaps the most established publication on the market!
Published on 27 May 2012 by Mr. Arthur N. Beaman
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Excellent book that I use to identify all aircraft that I see. I highly recommend it, Go and buy it
Published on 20 May 2012 by NIckgardener
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Another year, another abc Civil Aircraft Markings 2012 update.
This publication speaks for itself 448 pages -a well tried and tested format. Read more
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