SNFO/SWSO VOICE COMMUNICATIONS
"Sherman Ground, BUCK 710, request VFR
clearance to the west, 1+30 enroute."
It is not necessary to receive your flight clearance prior to taxiing, only prior to takeoff. If
Clearance (Ground) does not immediately have your clearance available and you desire to taxi
while it is being processed, continue as specified below and expect ground control to read your
clearance while you are taxiing to the runway in use. Note: You MUST tell clearance delivery
that you will pick up your clearance from Ground Control.
1. The Command Duty Officer (CDO) is responsible for knowing the whereabouts of all
squadron aircraft. A radio is maintained in the instructor ready room. This is an extremely
valuable tool in coordinating the flight schedule, aircraft maintenance, and advising aircrew of
developing weather or aircraft equipment problems.
2. All VT-10 and VT-4 aircraft must call "BASE" prior to leaving the ramp. The call is made
prior to calling ground control for taxi clearance. This call is not a request, but merely a means
of tracking aircraft. Your call should be acknowledged prior to taxiing.
"Base, KATT 815, taxi outbound, side number
"KATT 815, roger."
Once you have contacted base, switch immediately to Ground.
205. GROUND CONTROL
Ground control is responsible for movement of aircraft, vehicles, or personnel on taxiways and
off-duty runways. Besides issuing taxi instructions, ground is responsible for initiating search
and rescue in the case of an overdue aircraft. SAR is normally initiated 30 minutes after your
proposed ETA (estimated time of arrival).
1. The call to ground to request taxi is standard. It varies slightly if you are located at your
home field (NPA) or a transient field.
"Sherman Ground, BUCK 717, taxi, information
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