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What are the other clearance and instructions that must be read back? [duplicate]

The following items must always be read back: ATC route clearances; clearances and instructions to enter, land on, take off from, hold short of, cross or backtrack on any runway; and runway-in-use, ...
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How do pilots manage to remember ATC instructions?

Before takeoff, during flight, before landing and for taxiing, pilots are given several instructions by ATC. Do they mentally remember all instructions? Or do they note them down somewhere such as in ...
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How should a pilot respond verbally to being cleared for takeoff?

When ATC says "cleared for takeoff", what's the correct answer from the pilot?
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What is the true meaning of the word “wilco” when used on the radio? What is its origin?

Pilots often learn to use the word "wilco" on the radio through contextual interpretation. During my experience as a pilot communicating on the radio I have often observed pilots using the word "wilco"...
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Why do I not always hear ATC read back by pilots (on required instructions)?

I enjoy tracking air traffic at my local KORD. I listen on LiveATC and use my private virtual radar setup to get "real-time" traffic info. I understand which instructions need to be read back by the ...
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Why do ATC instructions to change level include the words “climb” or “descend”?

ATC instructions to change level include the words "climb" or "descend" depending on the direction of the vertical maneuver. For example, "Descend to 2500 feet" or "Climb to FL70". For comparison, ...
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How unusual were MH370's final ATC exchanges?

There are 2 noteworthy occurrences in the ATC radio transcript within just minutes of a 3rd noteworthy, quite unprecedented occurrence in aviation history: At 01:07:55 MH370 unnecessarily reported ...
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When has a pilot legally accepted an ATC clearance or instruction?

At what point is a pilot considered to have accepted an clearance or instruction? Upon simple acknowledgement (e.g., Roger or ...
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Is it ATC's responsibility to ensure read backs are correct?

I have experienced this a few times in the last couple of months. When the ATC assigns me a squawk code and I enter it in the transponder, a few minutes later when I try to reconfirm the squawk code, ...
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What is meant by the term “Code on request”?

I recently flew from a small airport under a Bravo shelf into the nearby Bravo airspace above. When I advised the ground controller that I was doing as such, he cleared me to taxi, then added the ...
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How far are shortened replies to ATC allowed to go?

Pilots often use non-standard-phraseology for readbacks. Some examples: ATC: DLM, switch to tower, 121.2 P: tower, for DLM or ATC: DLM, identified, climb via the RIDA9 departure P: ...