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Posted by Cohiba on June 13, 2003 at 09:55:13:

In Reply to: EKRK? posted by Andreas on May 25, 2003 at 11:40:23:

It is the ICAO code for Roskilde AD. ICAO is short for International Civil Aviation Organization, it is an organization under United Nations. ICAO publish four letter codes for almost all of the aerodromes in the world and it is fairly easy to identify a country from them. The first letter is the larger geographical area. E stands for norther europe. The south part of europe has L, northern part of Africa has H, Southern part of Africa F and so on. The second letter is the country, Denmark has K for some reason, Great Britain has G, Sweden S. The last two letters can in some cases identify the general area within the country followed by the aerodrome or in some cases just the aerodrome itself.
EKRK= Northern Europe, Denmark, Roskilde
EKCH= Northern Europe, Denmark, Copenhagen
EGLL= Northern Europe, UK, London, Heathrow
LFPG= Southern Europe, France, Paris, Charles de Gaulle
HEAX= Northern African, Egypt, Alexandria

and so on.

This is the standard way of naming, it is not used by USA. They do have ICAO codes and they all start with K, but you cannot tell in which part of USA the aerodrome is.

KLAX= Los Angeles International
KJFK= John F Kennedy New York
KORD= O'Hare in Chicago

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