What To Say & Acknowledge

As stated in a previous lesson all your positional broadcast where congestion permits should include:

  1. Location  eg Port Traffic or Port Macquarie Traffic, Taree Traffic, Coffs Traffic or Coffs Harbour Traffic
  2. Your callsign  eg Foxbat 1234, Jabiru 3456
  3. Your position in reference to the aerodrome eg: 3 miles SW at 2000
  4. Your intentions eg inbound to join downwind
  5. Location again eg: Port Macquarie

 

When conversing with another aircraft our format varies depending on the conversation. We still use correct phraseology and correct pronunciations, however the content tends to be not as coded and slightly more conversational.

Generally they will call you and say something like

Port Traffic QLink 567, Foxbat 1234 what is your present height and heading, Port Traffic

To which you would reply something  similar to this

Port Traffic Foxbat 1234, QLink we are heading 270 at 4500 next 10 minutes Port Traffic

Notice we have still started and ended with location, we used our own callsign first, we gave a message and broadcasted who the message was for, but we also did this in a very clear and concise method.

Other examples might include:

Port Traffic QLink 567, Foxbat 1234 what are your intentions, Port Traffic

To which you would reply something  similar to this

Port Traffic Foxbat 1234, QLink we are inbound at 3500 to join downwind for 21, circuit time 46  Port Traffic

 

or

 

Port Traffic QLink 567, Foxbat 1234 could you please remain on the dead side for 3 minutes Port Traffic

To which you would reply something  similar to this

Port Traffic Foxbat 1234, QLink wilco, remain dead side 3 minutes  Port Traffic , or

Foxbat 1234, QLink wilco, Port Traffic

Foxbat 1234, QLink wilco Port Traffic

Note: that reading back their request cannot be done sometimes due to radio congestion  and in most cases is not done, however, it does help provide clarity and safety. It is not a requirement in Class G airspace but it does help the airline or other pilots relax and know you will be remaining clear. It allows them to focus on tasks in comfort. A beginning pilot still struggling on the radio would simply say Foxbat 1234, QLink wilco Port Traffic

The longer a conversation goes, the more it congests the radio. Sometimes with only two aircraft this is fine, however when multiple aircraft are inbound or in the circuit these conversations may need to be shortened in which case it might go something like this.

QLink 567, Foxbat 1234  please remain  dead  3 minutes

To which you would reply something  similar to this

QLink wilco, remain dead side 3 minutes Foxbat 1234

 

While some of these samples stray from the required format, they on many occasions are necessary on busy CTAF’s.