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Mode A, B, C Transponder Questions..  
User currently offlineSLCPilot From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 578 posts, RR: 3
Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 6224 times:

Somebody asked me the other day what Mode A, and Mode B were with respect to transponders. I always thought Mode was just the "code" while C included the encoded alitiude. What is mode B?

Also, with respect to VFR cruising altitudes in the U.S., why does 14 CFR 91.159 refer to VFR cruising altitudes at the flight levels? I thought all the traffic was IFR up there.

Thanks in advance !

SLCPilot


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User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 6219 times:

You are correct on the A and C but you forgot the new Mode S (which is transponder with Altitude Encoding and TCAS).

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User currently offlineCdfmxtech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1338 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 6215 times:

Mode A = Identity
Mode C = Altitude
Mobe B was planned for, but never used, at least not in civial aviation.


User currently offlineAvioniker From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1109 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6213 times:

Actually Mode S is so named because it Selectively interrogates other nearby aircraft transponders in coordination with TCAS to determine proximity and threat. It also transmits the registration or international identification code of the aircraft so it may be specifically identified for interrogation by other Mode S transponders in the area.
The name isn't accurate in that a Transponder responds to interrogation and an Interrogator initiates interrogation or communication (i.e. DME Interrogator vs. ATC Transponder) The name stays because the primary purpose is still to respond to ATC queries for control.



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User currently offlineLiamksa From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6169 times:

Also, with respect to VFR cruising altitudes in the U.S., why does 14 CFR 91.159 refer to VFR cruising altitudes at the flight levels? I thought all the traffic was IFR up there.

Here in OZ generally the max VFR altitude is FL200 due to VFR altimeter accuracies.

Rob.


User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6163 times:

Hey SLC! I used to live in Utah County, and did most of my flying in Provo. I've flown to SLC numerous times, though. Did my 10 night tower landings for the Commercial on 17. Fun stuff.

Drop me a line, eh?

-Normal


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