SNFO/SWSO VOICE COMMUNICATIONS
If departing VFR, Departure will eventually tell you: "frequency change approved." You then
switch to a frequency that is not controlled by an air traffic controller. Use of these frequencies
does not require strict or close control. These frequencies are referred to as working, common,
or advisory frequencies. During T-34/T-6 training at TW-6 you will switch to Area 1 Common
Frequency (see inflight guide for channel number). You will remain on this frequency until
entering airspace that requires communication with an ARTCC controller. When planning to
return to base (RTB), contact Pensacola Approach prior to entering Class C airspace.
209. VFR ARRIVAL
Returning to base for a VFR arrival can be done whether on a VFR or IFR flight plan. At NAS
Pensacola we refer to the VFR arrival as "course rules." Converting an IFR flight plan to a VFR
arrival will be discussed later in Chapter 3.
When complete in Area 1, switch and listen to ATIS for current field information. Remember
you are still outside of controlled airspace so you can switch between "common" frequencies at
your discretion. The only restriction is that you reestablish radio communications with approach
prior to penetrating class "C" airspace.
Recall that since you are VFR and squawking 1200, approach control is not closely monitoring
your position. You are one of many VFR aircraft. A general rule of thumb when initiating
communication with an air traffic controller for VFR entry into controlled airspace is to always
state: who you are (call sign), where you are (altitude and/or position), and what your intentions
are (entry into controlled airspace, flight following, etc.).
After copying ATIS, and approaching the VFR course rules entry point, switch to Pensacola
Approach and make the following call:
"Approach, BUCK 710, 3500, information
ECHO, request course rules."
You told the controller who you are (BUCK 710), where you are (3500 ft), and your intentions
(course rules). In this case you can omit your position since the controller expects you to be near
the course rules initial (Jack Edwards Field). Report your actual position if not at the expected
initial point. The controller will reply with a squawk.
"BUCK 710, squawk 4136, remain clear of class
"BUCK 710, squawk 4136, wilco."
Until you enter the discrete squawk and approach radar identifies the given transponder code,
you must remain clear of class "C" airspace.
GROUND AND VFR COMMUNICATIONS