If you wish to contribute or participate in the discussions about articles you are invited to join SKYbrary as a registered user

Toolkit:Airspace Infringement Prevention/Material for Pilots/Contact with ATC

From SKYbrary Wiki
Article Information
Category: Airspace Infringement Airspace Infringement
Content source: SKYbrary About SKYbrary
Content control: EUROCONTROL EUROCONTROL

Best Practice – Contact with ATC

  • If Controlled Airspace transit is required, be prepared and call ATC well in advance.
  • Use the correct phraseology to obtain the clearance you want without confusion.
  • Think about what you are going to say before you press the transmit switch.
  • Be aware that ATC may be busy even if the controller isn’t talking on the frequency at that moment.
  • Remember that the instruction “Standby” is not a clearance and you should remain outside of Controlled Airspace until a specific clearance is given.
  • Calling ATC well in advance (3 to 5 minutes flying time is regarded as the best window for most requests) will give the controller time to assess your request and will minimize your possible delay.

Cost – None

Examples

In the EUROCONTROL causal factors statistics, 7% of infringements are down to inadequate clearance. This points to either pilots relying on a clearance and not being given one or a breakdown in the communication process. The use of clear R/T requests using standard phraseology helps to eliminate confusion and EUROCONTROL have published a guide for VFR phraseology in Skybrary.

Sample Material

RT Sound Professional.png


Back to: Material for Pilots