The University of Alaska Anchorage piloting instructors and students were awarded their own call sign from the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday. The agreement authorizes the University to use "C-Wolf" in honor of the UAA's mascot.

The new call sign will help airports and air traffic controllers better understand who is flying the plane and better equip, all involved, how to handle any situation. The agreement signed by the FAA and UAA covers all airports the University uses for its piloting program.

UAA's fleet of 14 aircrafts will each be assigned their own numbered call sign starting from "CWOLF01" to "CWOLF14." 

"Each aircraft has a unique tail number, N number of digits and letters. So, November 1-7-8 Charlie Whiskey now becomes C-Wolf three," UAA director of aviation Ralph Gibbs said. "It's more specific to every general aviation aircraft in the National Airspace System that uses the N number when they are filing a flight plan like N 1-7-8 Charlie Whiskey. Now, by switching to C-Wolf, they know that it is a training flight for UAA."

UAA houses the only collegiate piloting program in the state of Alaska. The program offers four degrees -- currently has around 300 students enrolled and is growing.