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SNFO/SWSO VOICE COMMUNICATIONS
CHAPTER THREE
Approach Control will "roger" this call. At some point prior to the FAF, approach will instruct
you to switch Tower or a "Final Monitor." Listen to whether they tell you to "contact Tower"
(meaning check in now), or "contact Tower at the FAF" (meaning switch and talk later).
Example
APPR:
"713, contact Final Monitor Button 13 (or 383.8)
at the Final Approach Fix."
SNFO/SWSO:
"BUCK 713, switching 314.7."
When at the Final Approach Fix, the format for your call will be:
Agency, call sign, Final Approach Fix, gear status, intentions.
Example
SNFO/SWSO:
"Sherman Final Monitor, BUCK 713, Final
Approach Fix, gear down and locked, full stop."
The final approach is shown in Figure 3-8.
Figure 3-8 Final Approach
If another aircraft calls Tower just as you are about to report the Final Approach Fix, simply wait
until their conversation is over and check in with your current position (i.e., current DME)
instead.
Example
SNFO/SWSO:
"Sherman Tower, BUCK 713, four miles, gear
down and locked, full stop."
Once inside the FAF, departing traffic will usually be held on deck until your approach has
terminated. Tower will normally issue clearance to land after your FAF call. If unable, they
may ask you to report another position.
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