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Radar Contact #4 How to Violate an Assigned Altitude

Today’s topics: How to Violate an Assigned Altitude: A Handy Guide for Pilots. The Super Secret Key to Copying Taxi Clearances. Hint: It’s better than “Say again.” You Talking to Me? Question of the Week: I need to enter Class C airspace and ATC says, “Standby.” Should I wait outside, or enter? Answer to Question …

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How to Read Back ATC Instructions in Spite of AIM Guidance

Here’s a paragraph from the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) talking about reading back ATC instructions: “The readback of the “numbers” serves as a double check between pilots and controllers and reduces the kinds of communications errors that occur when a number is either “misheard” or is incorrect.” (AIM 4-4-7b.) It’s a good and accurate statement, …

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You’ve Been Had by Air Traffic Control*

You think that air traffic control is watching your backside? Think again. In my last article, I said the FAA emphasizes the need for air traffic controllers to “ensure the [pilot’s] read back is correct.” (FAA JO 7110.65T.) Listening for correct responses to air traffic control clearances is called “hear back.” In this article, I …

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Pilot Read Back and ATC Hear Back

This is how pilot read back and ATC hear back is supposed to work: 2-4-3. PILOT ACKNOWLEDGMENT/READ BACK a. When issuing clearances or instructions ensure acknowledgment by the pilot. NOTE- Pilots may acknowledge clearances, instructions, or other information by using “Wilco,” “Roger,” “Affirmative,” or other words or remarks. REFERENCE- AIM, Para 4-2-3, Contact Procedures. b. …

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Federal Aviation Regulations on ATC Read Backs

In the last article on air traffic control clearance read back, I quoted this guidance from the Airman’s Information Manual (AIM): 4−4−7. Pilot Responsibility upon Clearance Issuance b. ATC Clearance/Instruction Readback. Pilots of airborne aircraft should read back those parts of ATC clearances and instructions containing altitude assignments or vectors as a means of mutual …

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