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You boring lot! Could have kept A320 dangling for a few days surely. Anyway the real secret code we assign to let all our ATCO colleagues know about the potentially dangerous flight is all 4096 of them
Are you guys from Europe? I forgot to say that I`ve heard it happens in Europe . My question came because I have a friend who flies for a chinese company and as we know their english is quite poor. And then he was saying that very often their are given codes starting with 7 because this is an unoficial way to let your coleagues ATCOs know a flight which requires special atention were on its way.
I heard that and didn`t believe that much because I had the idea codes were given by computers at Eurocontrol.
In the UK for the moment the computer at Swanwick assigns the SSR code according to the Uk SSR Code Assignment Plan. That plan is published in the UK Air Pilot ENR 1.6 available on line. In the not too distant future the code will be assigned by a computer in Europe.
If controllers are genuinely concerned they're dealing with a bit of a muppet, they'll coordinate that by voice line to the next agency. Coalface controllers - the ones you talk to - don't assign codes (at least, not for IFR scheduled flights), that's done well before you taxi in most ATC systems.
Woodwork.....yes, several times I've warned receiving sectors about some flights. Good practice I thought, but you have to be careful how you put it. Me to the TMA "watch out for this kraut, he's a bit of a pillock" may have been factually correct, especially as he undershot at his destination and removed some of the approach lights; but it doesn't look too good in print (R/T transcript) on the subsequent report!