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Air Traffic Control in the Club

Operations and Training

Air Traffic Control in the UK

An Air Traffic Control Service provides positive control of all aircraft on the manoeuvring area and within the Aerodrome Traffic Zone. All instructions given by a controller with the callsign "Tower" to aircraft within that area are mandatory regardless of the class of airspace it falls within. Normally airfields with an instrument runway will have an ATC service for at least the busy part of the day. All the larger airports in the UK that are within Class D airspace have an ATC service 24 hours a day.

ATC Phraseology

The correct radio communication phraseology for airports with full ATC may be found in the Club's Air Traffic Control Manual and in the UK Civil Aviation Authority's Radio Telephony Manual CAP413.  It is important to use this phraseology for clarity and brevity (and in the real aviation world - safety).

Air Traffic Control in the Club

Those members who are interested in providing an Air Traffic Service for Club activities and events have three choices.

Radio Telephony Training for Club Pilots

The Club has a number of Radio Telephony training schemes for pilot members. Details of these schemes can be found on the website under the ATC menu tab, by clicking the "Radio Telephony for Pilots" option.