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10. Calling

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5.2.1.7 Calling

5.2.1.7.1 Radiotelephony call signs for aeronautical stations

    Note. The formation of call signs as specified in ITU Radio Regulations S19 Section III and Section VII.

5.2.1.7.1.1 Aeronautical stations in the aeronautical mobile service shall be identified by:

    a) the name of the location; and
    b) the unit or service available.

5.2.1.7.1.2 The unit or service shall be identified in accordance with the table below except that the name of the location or the unit/service may be omitted provided satisfactory communication has been established.

Unit/service available Call sign suffix
area control centre CONTROL
approach control APPROACH
approach control radar arrivals ARRIVAL
approach control radar departures DEPARTURE
aerodrome control TOWER
surface movement control GROUND
radar (in general) RADAR
precision approach radar PRECISION
direction-finding station HOMER
flight information service INFORMATION
clearance delivery DELIVERY
apron control APRON
company dispatch DISPATCH
aeronautical station RADIO
5.2.1.7.2 Radiotelephony call signs for aircraft

5.2.1.7.2.1 Full call signs

5.2.1.7.2.1.1 An aircraft radiotelephony call sign shall be one of the following types:

Type a) — the characters corresponding to the registration marking of the aircraft; or
Type b) — the telephony designator of the aircraft operating agency, followed by the last four characters of the registration marking of the aircraft;
Type c) — the telephony designator of the aircraft operating agency, followed by the flight identification.

    Note 1. The name of the aircraft manufacturer or of the aircraft model may be used as a radiotelephony prefix to the Type a) call sign (see Table 5-1).
    Note 2. The telephony designators referred to in Types b) and c) are contained in Doc 8585 — Designators for Aircraft Operating Agencies, Aeronautical Authorities and Services.
    Note 3. Any of the foregoing call signs may be inserted in field 7 of the ICAO flight plan as the aircraft identification. Instructions on the completion of the flight plan form are contained in PANS-ATM, Doc 4444.

5.2.1.7.2.2 Abbreviated call signs

5.2.1.7.2.2.1 The aircraft radiotelephony call signs shown in 5.2.1.7.2.1.1, with the exception of Type c), may be abbreviated in the circumstances prescribed in 5.2.1.7.3.3.1. Abbreviated call signs shall be in the following form:
Type a) — the first character of the registration and at least the last two characters of the call sign;
Type b) — the telephony designator of the aircraft operating agency, followed by at least the last
two characters of the call sign;
Type c) — no abbreviated form.

    Note. Either the name of the aircraft manufacturer or of the aircraft model may be used in place of the first character in Type a).

Examples of full call signs and abbreviated call signs

 
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