The categories of messages handled by the aeronautical mobile service and the order of priority in the establishment of communications and the transmission of messages shall be in accordance with the following table.
|Message category and order of priority||Radiotelephony signal|
|a) Distress calls, distress messages and distress traffic||MAYDAY|
|b) Urgency messages, including messages preceded by the medical transports signal||PAN, PAN or PAN, PAN MEDICAL|
|c) Communications relating to direction finding||–|
|d) Flight safety messages||–|
|e) Meteorological messages||–|
|f) Flight regularity messages||–|
- Messages concerning acts of unlawful interference constitute a case of exceptional circumstances which may preclude the use of recognized communication procedures used to determine message category and priority.
- A NOTAM may qualify for any of the categories or priorities c) to f) inclusive. The decision as to which priority will depend on the contents of the NOTAM and its importance to the aircraft concerned.
|126.96.36.199 Distress messages and distress traffic shall be handled in accordance with the provisions of 5.3.|
|188.8.131.52 Urgency messages and urgency traffic, including messages preceded by the medical transports signal, shall be handled in accordance with the provisions of 5.3.Note.|
|184.108.40.206 Communications relating to direction finding shall be handled in accordance with Chapter 6 (Aeronautical Radio Navigation Service).|
|220.127.116.11 Flight safety messages shall comprise the following:|
1) movement and control messages [see PANS-ATM (Doc 4444)];
2) messages originated by an aircraft operating agency or by an aircraft, of immediate concern to an aircraft in flight;
3) meteorological advice of immediate concern to an aircraft in flight or about to depart (individually communicated or for broadcast);
4) other messages concerning aircraft in flight or about to depart.
|18.104.22.168 Meteorological messages shall comprise meteorological information to or from aircraft, other than those in 22.214.171.124, 3).|
|126.96.36.199 Flight regularity messages shall comprise the following:|
188.8.131.52.1 Air traffic services units using direct pilot- controller communication channels shall only be required to handle flight regularity messages provided this can be achieved without interference with their primary role and no other channels are available for the handling of such messages.
|184.108.40.206 Recommendation. Messages having the same priority should, in general, be transmitted in the order in which they are received for transmission.|
|220.127.116.11 Interpilot air-to-air communication shall comprise messages related to any matter affecting safety and regularity of flight. The category and priority of these messages shall be determined on the basis of their content in accordance with 5.1.8.|
Source: ICAO Annex 10.2