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Appropriate response when called by controllers

Old 20th Mar 2019, 09:02
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Appropriate response when called by controllers

Trivial and timid question, but I always hesitate how to responde.
Which one would be the best fit response when traffic controllers call you bu your call sign?
ex)
ATC: CX123, Hongkong.
CX123:
a) CX123, go ahead.
b) Go ahead, CX123.

Thanks in advance for resolving my 4-year old curiosity
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Old 20th Mar 2019, 12:22
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Been wondering about this myself, and whether this response might be correct:
c) Hongkong, CX123
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Old 20th Mar 2019, 16:13
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Originally Posted by avi8safely View Post
a) CX123, go ahead.

This if you are answering a call from ATC.

Originally Posted by Gargleblaster View Post
c) Hongkong, CX123
This if you are initiating a dialogue with ATC.
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Old 20th Mar 2019, 17:44
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Originally Posted by avi8safely View Post
Trivial and timid question, but I always hesitate how to responde.
Which one would be the best fit response when traffic controllers call you bu your call sign?
ex)
ATC: CX123, Hongkong.
CX123:
a) CX123, go ahead.
b) Go ahead, CX123.

Thanks in advance for resolving my 4-year old curiosity
Don't know about other parts of the world but 'go ahead' is a nono in the UK; 'pass your message' is used instead.
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Old 20th Mar 2019, 21:42
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
Don't know about other parts of the world but 'go ahead' is a nono in the UK; 'pass your message' is used instead.
GO AHEAD is Standard ICAO Annex 10 phraseology.
“Proceed with your message.” Note:- Not used whenever the possibility exists of misconstruing “GO AHEAD” as an authorization for an aircraft to proceed. The phrase “GO AHEAD” may be omitted and, in its place, a response made by using the calling aeronautical station’s callsign followed by the answering aeronautical station’s callsign.
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Old 21st Mar 2019, 13:42
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just answer with your callsign if ATC are calling you. They do not need you to tell them to 'go ahead' .... that funny.

ATC: Callsign
Aircraft: Callsign
ATC: message...
What could be easier.

Your callsign is the key to acknowledge ATC are directing the message to you and/or you are receiving it. (less is best)
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Old 22nd Mar 2019, 00:40
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Don’t overthink it. We have heard them all.
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Old 22nd Mar 2019, 04:03
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Originally Posted by Pera View Post
just answer with your callsign if ATC are calling you. They do not need you to tell them to 'go ahead' .... that funny.

ATC: Callsign
Aircraft: Callsign
ATC: message...
What could be easier.

Your callsign is the key to acknowledge ATC are directing the message to you and/or you are receiving it. (less is best)
This is best answer.
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Old 22nd Mar 2019, 22:41
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Or if you really want to piss them off...

”Standby”
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Old 25th Mar 2019, 22:47
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I always reply with my callsign and a kind of question mark tone at the end. Usually works
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Old 10th Apr 2019, 06:21
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Originally Posted by RAC/OPS View Post
Or if you really want to piss them off...

”Standby”
Yeah, cause I might never need to tell you to do something RIGHT NOW, for your own, or someone else's safety.
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Old 30th Apr 2019, 10:47
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
Don't know about other parts of the world but 'go ahead' is a nono in the UK; 'pass your message' is used instead.
Same in Ireland. Took me absolutely ages to train myself to stop saying "go ahead" though, roughly a year before I completely cut it out.

Last time I went through Annex 10 (probably a year ago at this stage), "go ahead" had been removed from approved standard phraseology.

As for required pilot response to call from ATC, callsign only is fine I would say. If you want to throw in "go", or "go ahead" or " what the hell do you want now?"....I don't particularly care!

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From ICAO Doc 9432 - Section 2.6 - Standard words and Phrases

Note.The phrase “GO AHEAD” has been deleted, in its place the use of the calling aeronautical station’s call sign followed by the answering aeronautical station’s call sign shall be considered the invitation to proceed with transmission by the station calling.
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Old 2nd May 2019, 12:30
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I personally prefer just the callsign to be used as a response by pilots when I'm calling an aircraft. the fewer words on frequency the better.
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