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User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2898 posts, RR: 5
Posted (15 years 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3429 times:

Do pilots still "listen" to the ATIS or do they receive it via ACARS? I was on a UA 744 in September and the pilots listened to the ATIS. However, I was on an AA MD-80 a few weeks ago and they received the ATIS using ACARS. If they use ACARS, would they still listen to it? Thanks for any info regarding this topic.

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User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6811 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (15 years 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3383 times:

We have just started using this new function on our 747-400s, although at the moment only when flying into home base at HKG. In this case, we do not listen to the ATIS, we just read it off the ACARS. However, most places we fly to, we still get it the traditional way, through the radio.

User currently offlineAmbasaid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 5 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3366 times:

I have seen metars and tafs coming through ACARS but never the ATIS.

I guess that you learn something new everyday.....

User currently offlineSkyhooked From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 5 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3364 times:

ATIS on ACARS is now available on a growing number of airports.
There is even a very useful feature on madern acars,which is the "update" function of the atis reception;every time the atis letter changes,the acars provides you with the latest version.Saves even on the blushes of quoting an obsolete atis to the atco!

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 5 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3361 times:

I am sure pilots use ACARS to get sports scores more then they do for ATIS.

User currently offlineCdfmxtech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1341 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (15 years 5 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3361 times:

The last couple of times that I have jumpseated.....they flightcrews have used ACARS to receive ATIS info.

User currently offlineJoe_R From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3346 times:

If I can get a ACARS printed copy, I don't listen.

Sports scores "can" come over ACARS, however it
is due to a dispatcher gathering the info in the first
place. More often than not scores come from a
center controller coming off of a break.

Since ATIS is normally an hourly function it's
not the final word really, especially when the
weather gets lower and lower. I use ATIS as
a trend indicator mostly. Real live approach
and tower exchanges actually define the
current conditions.


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