Use of truncated callsign


#1

Guys,

26-year veteran ATC here, addressing a problem that has reached epidemic proportions. If your callsign is N123AB, proper truncation of that call-sign is “November 3 ALPHA BRAVO,” no less. Reading back “ALPHA BRAVO” is NOT acceptable. You can cause a controller to be charged with an operational error due to not ensuring a readback by the correct aircraft. If your call-sign were N12345, would you read back “November Four Five?” Of course not!

First post in this forum so I hope it is appropriate and in the right place. If not, moderators feel free to delete.


#2

Got it. Thanks for the reminder!

One question.

Should the readback of the clearance start with the aircraft’s call sign or end with it?

Does it even matter??


#3

Doesn’t matter as long as it’s there. Most put it on the end.

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