SNFO/SWSO VOICE COMMUNICATIONS
Example (Transient Field)
"Maxwell Ground, BUCK 717, transient line, taxi,
2. At Sherman Field, ground knows where to look for a "KATT" or "BUCK" aircraft. At
Maxwell AFB, however, the ground controller has no idea where you are parked unless you tell
them (let alone what kind of aircraft a "BUCK" is).
3. Ground will instruct you to taxi. Read back required information. Remember the "HALF"
acronym and "wilco" the rest.
"Sherman Ground, KATT 817, taxi, information
"KATT 817, taxi to runway 19, altimeter 30.07."
"KATT 817, taxi to runway 19, 30.07."
4. If ATIS is unavailable, substitute "negative ATIS" into the format and ground will supply
all appropriate information. Remember, WILCO means will comply.
"Sherman Ground, KATT 812, taxi, negative
"KATT 812, Sherman is IFR, 800 overcast,
25,000 scattered, visibility 4 miles, temperature
65, taxi to runway 19, altimeter 30.07."
"KATT 812, taxi to runway 19, 30.07"
Notice informational items (i.e., visibility, temperature, etc.) are
Authorization to taxi "to" a runway is authorization to cross all inactive runways that intersect
the taxi route to the "hold-short" or "ground runup" areas. Ensure all crewmembers visually
check for traffic before crossing any off-duty runway or taxiway intersection. You should obtain
clarification of any clearance or instruction which is not fully understood because you are
directly responsible for the operation of the aircraft. Most fields label taxiways and instruct
pilots to taxi via routing as depicted on the approach plate for the airport (Figure 2- 3).
GROUND AND VFR COMMUNICATIONS