For example, an aircraft at 5000 feet will have an approximate radio range of 50 nautical miles to
a ground station.
Know what to expect. As you progress through each flight you should know what is
expected to happen. In order to do this, you and controllers will make certain transmissions. If
you know what is to be said ahead of time, responding correctly will be much easier. Use the
proper formats and terminology to assist you in making brief and concise transmissions. Good
phraseology enhances safety and is the mark of a true professional.
Active ELT signals can interfere with normal communications. If an
ELT is broadcasting on Guard, temporarily switch the UHF to
"MAIN" (vice "BOTH"). Wait a few minutes and re-select "BOTH."
Repeat as necessary.
Range Reception Chart
Distance in Nautical Miles
B102. CALL SIGNS
Ground Station Call Signs. When calling a ground station, you should begin with the
name of the facility being called, followed by the type of facility being called; for example:
"North Ground," "Navy Corpus Ground"
Airport Traffic Control Tower
"North Tower," "Navy Corpus Tower"
Radar Departure Control
"Pensacola Departure," "Corpus Departure"
Radar or Nonradar Approach
"Pensacola Approach," "Corpus Approach"
FAA Air Route Traffic Control Center
"Jacksonville Center," "Houston Center"
FAA Flight Service Station (FSS)
"Pensacola Radio," "San Angelo Radio"
USAF Pilot to Metro Service (PMSV)
"Eglin Metro," "Kelly Metro"