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CHAPTER TWO
SNFO/SWSO VOICE COMMUNICATIONS
When cleared for takeoff, aircraft are expected to depart without delay. If a delay is anticipated
(greater than 30 seconds), Tower should be notified immediately in order to make pattern
adjustments or adjust landing clearances.
208. DEPARTURE CONTROL
Departure Control is responsible for ensuring safe separation between departing and arriving
aircraft when operating within Class B through C airspace, even if flying under a VFR clearance.
Air Traffic Control achieves this by radar tracking your transponder squawks.
Shortly after takeoff, you will switch to Departure when instructed by Tower. Ensure your call to
departure includes your altitude or the altitude that you are passing. The departure frequency is
not given and does not need to be repeated since it was given in your clearance. The purpose of
including the "passing" altitude is for the controller to verify proper functioning of your mode C
transponder. When contacting a new controller, the present altitude (whether level, climbing or
descending) should always be included in the initial call.
Example
TOWER:
"KATT 812 change to departure."
SNFO/SWSO:
"KATT 812 switching."
SNFO/SWSO:
"Pensacola Departure, KATT 812, airborne,
passing 800."
DEPARTURE:
"KATT 812, Pensacola Departure, radar contact."
SNFO/SWSO:
"KATT 812, roger."
Departure will expeditiously vector your aircraft out of Pensacola's class "C" airspace or expect
you to follow course rules. Pensacola's class "C" airspace includes 10 NM radii around NAS
Pensacola, Pensacola Regional, and NAS Whiting, including altitudes from the surface up to
4200 feet MSL.
When VFR and clear of departure's airspace you are clear to operate without restriction. Contact
Departure to inform them of this.
Example
SNFO/SWSO:
"Pensacola Departure, KATT 812, clear of class C."
DEPARTURE:
"KATT 812, squawk 1200, frequency change
approved."
SNFO/SWSO:
"KATT 812, wilco."
By squawking 1200, the controllers can no longer identify your aircraft from other VFR traffic
squawking 1200 (VFR). A good lookout doctrine now is paramount as you will no longer get
traffic advisories. A discrete transponder code is required for a controller to provide "flight
following."
2-10 GROUND AND VFR COMMUNICATIONS


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