AR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 5511 posts, RR: 26 Posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2364 times:
When Pilots communicate with ground (tower, approach, center, etc) and a joke is said or a snappy comeback, what does it mean when immediately after, although no other pilot responds a bunch of double-clicks on the mikes are heard ?
Rams777 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 58 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2287 times:
Normally the clicks may come after not very important information such as winds or a traffic advisory, for instance the pilot is cleared onto the runway but told to "position and hold", he would readback "position and hold", if while he/she is doing this, the tower comes on and says "winds are 230 at 5kts" it is then that the pilot could click twice, stating that he/she has heard the information... Pilots do not normally, or should i say shouldn't reply to clearances with clicks. That basically means if a pilot is cleared for take-off, taxi, land, go-around etc. he/she would normally read back verbally.
Socalatc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 511 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2212 times:
Never do double clicks take the place of clearance read backs. If I give a clearance then a read back is required. But like you said rams, with wind direction and things like that a double click is ok!
Rthrbeflying86 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 243 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2082 times:
That would be the current ATIS (Automated terminal information system, which gives winds, and various other info). Every time it is updated, a new letter is assigned, and pronounced using the aviation alphabet.
By saying "with romeo" the pilot tells which ATIS he has heard.
Speedbird128 From Pitcairn Islands, joined Oct 2003, 1458 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2039 times:
The reason for the pilot to say that, ie 'Delta XXX at FL180 with hotel/juliet' is to save the ATC time by not having to tell each pilot which ATIS is current. Only if the the ATIS has changed will the ATC then tell the pilot 'ATIS is Kilo' etc.
Socalatc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 511 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2002 times:
Its the controllers job to make sure the pilot has the current ATIS for the arriving airport. If there is an accident on landing, that is one of the first things that they will look for upon reviewing the tapes. ATIS Is changed usually anywhere from 50past to right on the hour. ATC will announce the new code, any big changes in the weather from the past recording, and the current altimeter at the least, Some will just read the whole ATIS to cover their butts.