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How to announce in an ATIS message that two parallel runways are in use?

Suppose an airport has two parallel runways and aircraft can use any of them. How would I announce in the ATIS message that both runways are in use?
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What does “Information <letter>” in ATC transmissions mean?

When listening to ATC broadcasting (at least for ULLI), phrase "Information <Charlie|India|whiskey|etc.> on board" may be heard. Charlie, India, Whiskey, etc. ...
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What does the “BA/” stands for in this ATIS?

LTBA ARR ATIS V 0920Z EXP ILS DME APPCH 05 BA/ FOR RWY 05 TRL 110 AFTER VACATING RWY CONTACT 121.8 WIND RWY 05 340 DEG 07KT VRB BTN 310 AND 020 DEG VIS 9999 FEW/02000 FT BKN/03000 FT T 21 OP 15 ...
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In an ATIS broadcast, is the visibility in statute or nautical miles?

I think I remember seeing somewhere that since it's an observation at the surface, statute miles are used for the visibility. Would be nice if someone had a reference.
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What's the difference between ATIS and D-ATIS?

What's the difference between the two? Do you need a special digital VHF radio to receive D-ATIS broadcasts?
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When are winds given with respect to true vs. magnetic north?

Wind information can be reported by various sources (ATIS, METAR, TAF, spoken on the radio, etc). I was taught that officially some of these sources are relative to magnetic north and others to true ...
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Is it normal for airport to transmit unmodulated carrier on its ATIS frequency for extended periods of time?

So I'm around 4 km away from the City-Airport Mannheim (EDFM/MHG). Various websites tell me that its ATIS frequency is 136.550 MHz. When I tune to 136.550 with my VHF AM receiver, I can see a strong ...
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Why would METARs and ATIS both report exactly the same wind direction?

I understand that METARs report wind direction as true and ATIS reports it as magnetic. But at Camarillo (KCMA) both are reporting the same wind direction and speed even though the magnetic variation ...
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What are approach control's expectations regarding weather information for flights to satellite airports?

I have never passed through class-C airspace without intending on landing at the primary airport. If the flight is conducted under VFR, and I am planning on landing at a satellite airport to the ...
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Why do pilots need the ceiling, time, and dew point in the ATIS?

For example: Ceiling: what is the ceiling? Why do they need to know the ceiling? Zulu time: what is the zulu time? Dew point: why do they need to know the dew point?
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Do small airfields provide ATIS? If not, what weather reporting service is available?

Would a very small airfield or airstrip be considered to be a 'terminal' and have Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS)? Or would it just have minor weather reporting? As in, would it make ...
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Is ATIS information - including identifier - available on the internet?

According to Section 2-9-1-a of the FAA's Air Traffic Organization Policy, a phonetic letter is assigned to each tower-issued ATIS update. This information is available on the ATIS VHF frequency for ...