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Why isn't the Presidential 747 "Air Force One Heavy"?

FAA JO 7110.65 Section 4 Radio and Interphone Communications specifically states that the "heavy" designator should not be used: e. When in radio communications with “Air Force One” or “Air ...
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Is it acceptable to abbreviate “Foxtrot” to “Fox”?

Simply put: no, it is not ok to abbreviate the phonetic alphabet. The reason the phonetic alphabet is used in aviation is to make communications as clear as possible with minimum chances for ...
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Callsign includes the term 'with Kilo' ; What does that signify?

What that probably means is that the pilot is reporting that they have ATIS information kilo. Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS) is a radio broadcast on a specific frequency (often a local ...
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Is there any specific reason why Delta Air Lines doesn't have its own callsign?

Delta Air Lines uses the ICAO three-letter designator DAL and the ICAO telephony designator (also known as callsign) DELTA. In general, callsigns should be similar or equal to the name of the airline ...
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Is it acceptable to abbreviate “Foxtrot” to “Fox”?

Bad mics, speakers, ears, or radio connections can remove plosives, siblants, and basically all consonants, in which case the phonetic alphabet is heard as follows: A-a, a-o, ar-ee, e-a, e-o, o-o, o, ...
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Why isn't the Presidential 747 "Air Force One Heavy"?

The purpose of the "heavy" designator is create situational awareness because of its wake turbulence. There are also different separation requirements when following a heavy aircraft. Since all air ...
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What would they call the US President's personal plane?

I'd expect Executive One: Executive One is the call sign designated for any United States civil aircraft when the President of the United States is on board.
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Why do Presidential flights have special call signs?

From Air Force One: Columbine II is the first plane to bear the call sign Air Force One. This designation for the US Air Force aircraft carrying the incumbent president was established after an ...
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Is it acceptable to abbreviate “Foxtrot” to “Fox”?

It's not acceptable. @Jpe61 explains very well about the phonetic alphabet's design, I will not cover that any more. There are other reasons that it's a bad practice: If you shorten words or ...
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What is the ICAO code and callsign for Amazon Prime planes?

As best I can tell, Amazon Air does not hold its own air carrier certificate; they contract with cargo airlines to operate their flights. Per Wikipedia, those contractors are Air Transport ...
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Is there any specific reason why Delta Air Lines doesn't have its own callsign?

Delta DOES have its own callsign. It's "DELTA". There are literally thousands of airlines in the world, many of which have designated radio telephony callsigns. Some of them are very close or even ...
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What callsign should an ultralight use?

One of the suggested communication strategies for uncontrolled airports is to announce the type of aircraft and color. e.g. “Brown and white Cherokee entering downwind”. Rather than using your ...
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Has a C-130 ever been designated as "Air Force One"?

I was Wing Commander of the 463rd TAW at Dyess AFB in 1992 when we flew President George H. W. Bush from Andrews AFB to Sanford, Maine, in one of our C-130s. We were Air Force One that day.
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What would they call the US President's personal plane?

Executive One is used while the President is on a civil aircraft according to FAA JO 7110.65W (.pdf). Apparently, this information hasn't been published in the AIM for a while. (b) When the ...
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What call sign does Marine One use when the President is not on board?

Marine one is the call sign of any of the (300+) United States Marine Corps aircraft carrying the President of the United States. So, if he's not on board, the aircraft reverts back to its original ...
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What callsign should an ultralight use?

I fly a Part 103 Ultralight. I simply use "Ultralight" when announcing my position and intentions. If there are any other ultralights in the area, I will add the color for a more descriptive ...
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Why do Presidential flights have special call signs?

It's difficult to be inconspicuous when you'll also want all other aircraft to keep far away from AF1. Besides that, it's public information what countries the president is visiting. The only special ...
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Why do Czech Airlines have the airline code (IATA airline designator) "OK"?

It starts with the International Telecommunications Union, which assigned radio call sign prefixes for each country in 1927. The OK prefix was assigned to Czechoslovakia. Other than the largest ...
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What does it mean for a ATC to say a flight's callsign followed by "in disguise"?

The controller was probably referring to an airplane in a different livery but operating under the American call sign. A likely example is US Airways. After the two companies merged, from October ...
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My N number showed up on another plane's flight on FlightRadar24. How does that happen?

FR24 may not actually receive any N-number from the aircraft. It's not unlikely that it only receives the Mode-S transponder code and cross-references that with a database to your N-number. So the ...
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Is it acceptable to abbreviate “Foxtrot” to “Fox”?

No, it is not acceptable. Even if all your radio transmissions were received with perfect audio fidelity and a minimum of RF interference, you still do not have a special right to give callsigns in a ...
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Do any other nations have an equivalent of the "Air Force One" call sign?

It is all in your link (in the "See Also"), E.g.: Brazil: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_Air_Force_One France: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotam_001 India: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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When replying to ATC, callsign first or last?

The standard procedure for a pilot: 1. Who do I want to talk to? 2. Who am I? 3. Where am I? (not necessarily needed after initial contact) 4. What do I want? ...
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How can a sUAS operator contact ATC/identify themselves when contacting ATC?

First, you should NOT transmit on air bands as a UAS pilot. You do not have a ground station license and it would be a violation of both FCC and FAA rules, contact with the tower, when necessary, ...
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Is there a list of aircraft types to be used with a callsign?

I couldn't find any specific guidance on this, the AIM 4-2-4(a)(3) just says (emphasis mine): Civil aircraft pilots should state the aircraft type, model or manufacturer’s name, followed by the ...
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My N number showed up on another plane's flight on FlightRadar24. How does that happen?

Flight tracking sites like FR24 use both ADSB data and official radar tracks. The first possibility is that someone misconfigured their ADSB to use your hex code/tail number. This seems unlikely since ...
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Is it acceptable to abbreviate “Foxtrot” to “Fox”?

Is it a good thing, no, but is it legal? Yes. There is no requirement for pilots to utilize standardized phraseology in the US. A controller may have to ask for a second read back if he/she doesn't ...
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