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The Difference between Roger and Affirmative

“Baron 219TU*, Washington Center, verify you are climbing to 9,000.” “Baron 9TU, roger.” “Baron 9TU, you are climbing to 9,000?” “Baron 9TU, roger. 9,000.” “Baron 9TU, did the last sector controller assign you 9,000? I need an ‘affirmative,’ indicating yes he did, or a ‘negative’ indicating he didn’t.”

Two Ways to Scam an Air Traffic Controller*

*Unsuccessfully. The last time you flew, did you miss all or part of a clearance given by air traffic control. If so, congratulations, and join the club. We all miss a clearance every now and then. Here’s how some pilots deal with the problem: “We’ll do all that,” or “With the numbers.” Here are some …

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Reading Back Air Traffic Control Clearances

Philadephia Approach says: “Cessna 3829 Hotel, Philadelphia Approach, radar contact 7 miles south of the Brandywine Airport. Maintain VFR clear of the Class Bravo airspace, advise of any altitude changes, and say your destination.” Cessna 29 Hotel says: “Cessna 29 Hotel copies radar contact 7 miles south of Brandywine. Will maintain VFR clear of Class …

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