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Aircraft Color in Place of Call Sign is a Bad Idea

“Town and Country Traffic, red and white Skyhawk, 4-mile final, Runway One Seven, Town and Country.” “Town and Country Traffic, blue and white Warrior, turning base, Runway One Seven, Town and Country.” “Town and Country Traffic, red and white Skyhawk, final, Runway One Seven, Town and Country.” Do you think saying your aircraft’s color scheme …

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Next Radar Contact Show: Call Sign by Color, and Picking Up VFR Flight Following

If you’re using your aircraft model and color scheme to identify yourself in an uncontrolled airport pattern, I have a good reason to quit immediately. Let’s talk about that reason in the next edition of the Radar Contact Show. It’s been awhile since we talked about how to make initial contact with ATC when requesting …

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We’d Be Thrilled If You Simply Used Your Call Sign!

I’ve spent a lot of time at this website talking to you about how to format your call sign when transmitting on the radio. While focusing on tiny details, I failed to recognize the bigger problem. Many pilots do not even use their call sign when talking to ATC. Time to slay that dragon. There …

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Should I Start or Finish My ATC Read Back with My Call Sign?

A while back, someone in the standards department at my airline said we should strive to precede every read back to ATC with our flight call sign. ATC: “Airline 353, descend and maintain 5000.” Pilot: “Airline 353, descending to 5,000.” Most pilots acknowledge ATC directives by reading back the directive, and then stating the call …

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