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Old 07-09-2008, 07:07 PM   #1  
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Default Are pilots required to stick to standard R/T?

Somebody asked me this question. For sure, professionalism dictates that standard R/T is used, but is there anything preventing the casual weekend pilot from making up his own R/T as he goes along? I've been looking through the documents and can't find where it says pilots must use standard phraseology. ATCO's need to follow the rules:

JO 7110.10T 14-1-3. WORDS AND PHRASES
Use the words or phrases in broadcast, radiotelephone, and interphone communications as contained in the Pilot/Controller Glossary.

Any such thing for pilots?
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:56 PM   #2  
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"but is there anything preventing the casual weekend pilot from making up his own R/T as he goes along?"

Not really. We have your occasional illustrious APC users who admit to intentionally blocking ATC freqs for their own personal enjoyment/entertainment. If the FCC doesn't go after that, I'd say your occasional straying from the "standard R/T" protocal would hardly be noticed....
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Old 07-09-2008, 09:05 PM   #3  
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You mean like this?....

"XYZ traffic, cessnaXXX mayday, mayday, mayday...i need all traffic to stop flying, my instructor just, um, sh!T all over the airplane...i have to land now..."

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