SNFO/SWSO VOICE COMMUNICATIONS
The communications sequence begins with hand off from Center to Approach Control. Initial
contact with Approach consists of:
Agency, call sign, altitude, ATIS information (if known), type of approach requested.
"Pensacola Approach, KATT 814, 9000,
information ECHO, request TACAN, full stop."
Let us analyze this call. The agency is included in all calls. We specified a TACAN approach.
The landing intention requested was for a full stop. Notice we did not specify a particular
runway. Approach will give us clearance for a specific approach and to proceed to the IAF
including any vectors and/or descents.
In most cases, aircraft fly only one approach. Approach Control is expecting your request for
some type of approach, so for comm brevity purposes, including the type of approach will
minimize the communication between your aircraft and Approach.
However, if you will be requesting multiple approaches, the initial call should simply be:
"Pensacola Approach, BUCK 713, 9000,
information ECHO, request."
Approach will respond with "say request." The aircraft should respond with the type and number
of approaches desired and your landing intentions:
"BUCK 713, Pensacola Approach, roger, say your
"Pensacola Approach, BUCK 713, request vectors
to TACAN final, touch and go, PAR, low
approach, ASR, full stop."
Prior to arriving at the IAF, Approach should give you an approach clearance. On some
occasions, you may have to ask ("pimp") the controller whether or not you are cleared. A normal
"BUCK 713, descend and maintain 3000 until
SYDNY, cleared TACAN 7 Left."
"BUCK 713, leaving 9000 for 3000, cleared
TACAN 7 Left."
From this point, navigate the aircraft to the IAF for the runway in use.
The call announcing the beginning of your approach is made at the IAF:
"Pensacola Approach, BUCK 713, leaving 3000."
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