Questions tagged [air-traffic-control]

Air Traffic Control (ATC) is a service of ground-based controllers that directs and coordinates aircraft to improve safety and efficiency.

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Why is a Cessna C560 circling Washington DC during the protests?

Right now according to FlightRadar24 there is a Cessna C560 circling Washington DC. It took off from Manassas Regional Airport and has been circling ever since. No other identification is listed. ...
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How does ATC direct aircraft on ground from the parking to the runway?

For medium size airports, ATC will direct aircraft with a single message like this "Taxi to runway 29 via Papa, Sierra". I was wondering if it was the same thing for bigger airports (like ...
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What does “Raven” [phonetic] means when used by ATC?

What is the meaning of "Raven" [phonetic] heard in use at Reagan National Airport? Most recently heard: The ATC will say "proceed direct raven" or "direct raven maintain" whatever altitude; or "...
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How would fighter jets make contact with a previously hijacked aircraft?

For example, a plane is hijacked but civilians regain control, they know how to change the plane's frequency but no procdeures - i.e. dont know guard frequencies. There are fighter jets alongside who ...
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How to Tell Flight Following You Want to Change Your Destination?

I want to fly the LAX Coastal VFR Transition Route northbound, and I want to do the whole thing with flight following. When I get near Van Nuys airport, I'll need to tell ATC (flight following) that ...
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How should I make a downwind departure from a towered airport?

I'll be departing from a towered (Class D) airport, and I need to make a left downwind departure and turn right off the downwind leg to exit the pattern. I've done this with a CFI, and I've also made ...
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Where can we use conditional clearance?

Besides Line up conditional clearance in a PREPARATION FOR TAKE-OFF situation, where else can we use conditional clearance (on an apron, taxiway, etc.)?
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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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Transition level has to be readback and what about transition altitude? is it also required to be readback by the pilot? [closed]

These are the readback requirements, source by https://www.skybrary.aero/index.php/Read-back_or_Hear-back a) ATC route clearances; b) clearances and instructions to enter, land on, take off from, ...
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Can anybody give an example about Clearance Expiry Time?

Clearance content is included: callsign, flight path, clearance border(destination aerodrome, available report point, controlled airspace border), flight level along the route or for a specific part ...
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What does ''Reduced Coordination Airspace'' mean?

What does ''Reduced Coordination Airspace'' mean? There is a definition in here, page 4 bottom image.
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Do I need explicit clearance to taxi on an inactive runway?

I received taxi instructions from ground at a class D airport in the USA as follows (I was at ramp): Taxi to runway 04, Right on Bravo, left on 10, right on Alpha (no explicit clearance or hold short ...
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What is the meaning of a flashing white signalling light in Aldis Lamp?

In my source, I couldn't understand the flashing white description. I translate for you; in the last row: 'çakarlı beyaz: flashing white' says that: Leave the manoeuvering area in accordance with ...
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Help to understand a specific SNOWTAM

My questions are: According to the article ''H''; what about the other runway/runways when I want to add extra info other runway/runways too; there is just one runway in here? According to the ...
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Why would different crossing runways at one airport be on different radio frequencies?

In this answer the following image was included which shows that control of two crossing runways are on different radio frequencies. Source: AIP Denmark EK AD 2 - EKCH - AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY It ...
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When does ATC contact the pilot for a frequency change?

Usually, when the aircraft enters a new flight information region for example, ATC will ask the pilot to enter a new frequency. I'm curious about when they do. Is there a rule about it (in an IFR ...
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How do I know how to describe my position on the airport when I contact ATC?

When asking for taxi clearance, a pilot must include his location when contacting ATC. However, I'm not quite sure exactly how to state your position in the airport. For example, I've heard some ...
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Why is this airplane flying in circles randomly?

This G650 has been flying around for over an hour now. Is this somebody with a mechanical problem who is burning fuel before returning to their airport of origin?
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How are pilots prepared for a go around on a simultaneous converging approach when the “converging chart” is not published?

Source: adsbexchange.com Today I learned that at KPHL (Philadelphia) simultaneous converging approaches are used. (Note that AAL is faster, which narrowed down the time gap by the time it landed.) ...
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Are old illegal air transfer methods still feasible today? [closed]

A retired soldier told me he used to know people who smuggled jewelries, hard drugs, guns and even people from middle eastern countries to Europe, specifically, Germany! Via planes! In fact, he said ...
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Why can’t a single-fan-beam radar determine the elevation angles of its primary targets?

A while back, I asked about the reason for one of the well-known limitations of most ATC primary radars (their inability to determine target altitudes).1 The answers boiled down to “single-beam fan-...
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How do people smuggle stuff with private airplanes? [closed]

I get it, the question seems as if I'm reaching out for answers from experienced smugglers! But no. As a matter of fact, I'm trying to get answers on air surveillance & security. Love it or hate ...
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Can one ARTCC take over for another ARTCC in an emergency?

Earlier today the ZNY ARTCC was shut down due to COVID-19. This resulted in a temporary ground stop for incoming flights while a contingency plan was being activated. When certain sectors within an ...
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Will there be dynamic or variable separation minima in future?

In the future, is it possible to apply in the same airspace different separations between pairs of aircraft? Depending on the relative speed, navigation capacity of the aircraft, intersection geometry,...
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What is the status of a bravo airspace when the associated TRACON is evacuated?

On 18 March 2020, an earthquake struck just south of KSLC, causing an evacuation of the control tower and TRACON facilities. The airport was closed. Later in the day, I found myself unable to ...
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How to find out how many aircraft depart/land from a country per day?

I am trying to get the following information. I would like to know for each day how many aircraft have taken off and departed from a specific country. This information should be up to date and ...
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What is the 'Downstream Clearance?'

Downstream clearance means a clearance issued to an aircraft by an air traffic control unit that is not the current controlling authority of that aircraft; but I don't get it so well. Thanks in ...
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What does the flashing green-light signal (return for landing) actually mean to NORDO aircraft?

Studying for the PSTAR I see that a flashing green signal while in the circuit means "return for landing" but this is not actually defined anywhere. What does that mean? NORDO = "is an aircraft ...
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Should I wait for Tower to provide runway exit instructions?

This is somewhat already answered here (Is it a flight violation to mishear ATC instructions for exiting the runway?), but this question is more geared toward taking action before hearing from Tower. ...
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Where are “standard taxi” instructions published? [duplicate]

Example: at KATL (Atlanta), the ground control sometimes gives taxi instructions as "standard taxi"; Where is that defined? Delta 2732 27-Right Lima Charlie "Standard Taxi." In that case, from a ...
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What does “climb to FL300” mean? [closed]

If you are flying at FL275 and the control center tells you to climb to FL300, what does that mean and what does the pilot have to do to meet that direction from the ATC?
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What Transponder code to use flying between Oakland and Hawaii? [closed]

Where to find the appropriate Transponder code for crossing the Pacific?
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Can a VFR flight reference a waypoint in communication?

Can a VFR flight reference an IFR Waypoint when communicating position to tower or centers? For example: “N1234 at 3500’ at FERMY, request blah blah blah?” Thanks RHD! ****Adding additional ...
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What is the main reason why cruise flight in the transition layer is prohibited?

What is the main reason why cruise flight in the transition layer is prohibited? For example if we have a separation of 1000 ft between transition altitude and transition level, why should we not ...
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When (if ever) can ATC order an aircraft to go around?

Can ATC order an aircraft to go around if there is a tailwind? Or should ATC give the pilots the current wind information and let them decide whether to go around or land?
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What is the German / European equivalent of FAA Order 7110.65?

FAA Order 7110.65 prescribes air traffic control procedures and phraseology for use by personnel providing ATC services in the USA. Which documents regulate these aspects in Germany, or, more ...
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Who was the air traffic controller voice?

I recall reading somewhere that the 'Air traffic controller' voice (you've heard it on TV on many occasions) started with one specific person and his mannerisms have been copied by many air traffic ...
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What happens when a GA pilot squawks 7500?

If you were to put code 7500 into your transponder in a small general aviation aircraft, and you were in a rural area with no one around, and you did not have enough fuel to get to any city, what ...
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Is there a minimum amount of time an airline has to leave between using two identical callsigns?

Does anyone know if there is a minimum time that an airline has to leave before reusing the same callsign? I have noticed that airlines reuse callsigns, they usually leave a day or two between ...
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to whom are PAN PAN PAN calls addressed?

Can a PAN PAN situation be adressed directly to an ATC or must it be at adressed only at large? This is a situation wereby the ATC was the destination before the situation of the pilote got worse.
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Can a commercial airplane overtake another airplane going in the same direction?

If there are two commercial airplane flying towards the same destination, on the same flight path, and the second plane is being faster than the first plane, is the second plane allowed to overtake ...
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What is the commercial passenger aircraft top speed record?

Aircraft manufacturers claim that commercial passenger aircrafts cruise at the speed of 400-500 knots. But, is the top speed of a commercial passenger aircraft recorded (while in air)? If so, what is ...
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What is the 'Deconfliction Service'?

High Speed Flights 2.36 - When receiving an ATS surveillance service, certain ex-military aircraft types have been granted a CAA exemption from the Air Navigation Order requirement to fly at an ...
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Who does ATC call when a plane disappears with no response?

Do they just call 911? Or is there some special unit that’s specifically trained around disasters and rescue?
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Is there a penalty for changing the approach procedure after accepting one?

For example: If you request a visual approach and get approved, but you meant to request an ILS approach, are you not allowed to change it? Is there some type of penalty for changing approaches after ...
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What is the beeping occasionally heard in the background of ATC?

Occasionally while listening to ATC, I hear a beeping in the background of their transmission. My suspicion is it's a traffic conflict alert since the beeping is usually followed with a traffic alert ...
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What does ATC do during “slow” times?

I know at larger airports, it's NEVER a slow time. But what about at smaller airports that are large enough to rate manned ATC, but things aren't always fast-paced, high-traffic like at JFK or DFW, ...
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Difference between ETA and On-Block time?

I see that the definition of the ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) according to Eurocontrol is: (SESAR) the time computed by the FMS for the flight arriving at a point related to the destination ...
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How is ATC handed for private rural airstrips? [duplicate]

In rural Australia there are farms that have private airstrips. My question is when an aircraft wishes to land at such a strip (for example a flying doctor) who handles the landing aspects of ATC. ...
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Why would an airliner make a 90° course change?

Why would this airliner be doing a 90° course change at cruising altitude? I saw this while waiting for a traffic light to change. 9 Jan 2020 1:42 pm (18:42 UTC) at Virginia Beach, VA, coordinates: ...

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