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There are two basic scenarios: On some instrument departure routes /SIDs, it is required to stay with the airfield tower controller until after passing a pre-defined fix or until being handed over. When that is not defined, one usually switches over a soon as stabilised in climb with a clean airplane and on track (aviate, navigate, communicate). Usually ...


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It will be different at every airport and even at different times for the same airport, but if you’re looking for a simple rule to keep things reasonably realistic, I’d go with 1000-1500ft AGL; that’s seems to be when I usually hear it. If you want to make it annoyingly realistic, I’d say about 20-30 seconds at current climb rate before hitting the initial ...


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There is no standardized altitude rule for switching frequencies. This is done at the request of your current controller. If the airport is uncontrolled but you need to switch to a nearby ATC frequency for departure through controlled airspace you do so when you feel you are ready and/or when the local charts state you should do so because of airspace ...


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If you are properly licensed (and it’s not all that hard to get licensed) you can use a HAM Radio to talk to people on the ground from a GA aircraft. This provides a relatively inexpensive option when compared to something like a satellite phone.


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What you're looking for is AIM 4-1-9(g)(6), recommended self-announce phraseologies. The self-announce phrases states position, altitude, climb/descent, among other things depending on the situation. 6. Recommended self-announce phraseologies: It should be noted that aircraft operating to or from another nearby airport may be making self-announce broadcasts ...


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