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Radar Contact

Unread post by Ou Ballie » Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:17 am

When handed over to different ATC and they reply with:

"ZS-XXX Radar contact"

1. Do I respond with my call sign. "ZS-XXX" (I know I don't have to read back because its not a clearance, instruction, QNH, SQ or RWY etc.)
2. Don't say a thing

Airmanship tells me respond with call sign if no read back is needed. Any link to a reference?
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Re: Radar Contact

Unread post by HeadScratcher » Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:23 am

The response is in reply to your initial call to the new sector. Usually there is a radar handoff between sectors so a pretty useless reply by the ATC, but he has nothing else to say to you - proper reply should just be your call sign acknowledgement. Basically you just "continue as cleared".
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Re: Radar Contact

Unread post by Atc_pilot » Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:29 pm

Unless you have not previously been identified and this is said as part of identification, in which case a read back is required.

Attached is from the CAA ATCIs ( ATC instructions manual ) indicating that the type of radar service provided must be read back by the pilot.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Radar Contact

Unread post by HeadScratcher » Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:26 pm

It sounds like, as Ou Ballie puts it, that he made contact with the new sector after being transferred, to which the reply was "radar contact". If he was previously identified, the "radar contact" call is irrelevant as it would be a radar handoff between sectors, and if he wasn't identified, a proper identification process should precede the "radar contact". I agree that a read back would be required in such an instance, but to me, in this example, the ATC could have said a string of irrelevant phrases to ack the call, one of them being "radar contact".

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Re: Radar Contact

Unread post by Double Transmission » Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:12 pm

Yes, only read back your type of radar service.For instance:
ATC: "ZS-XXX, Radar Identified passing xxx, under Radar Control, climb to Flight Level 150."
ACFT: "Climb to Flight Level 150, Radar Control, ZS-XXX"

ATC: "ZS-XXX, Radar Service terminates, contact xxx"
ACFT: "Contact xxx, Radar Service terminates, ZS-XXX"

"Radar Contact"is not a type of service, so you don't need to read anything back
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Re: Radar Contact

Unread post by HeadScratcher » Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:09 am

Radar service terminated. :-)
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Re: Radar Contact

Unread post by MemyselfandI » Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:27 pm

Simply means he/she sees you on the radar screen....nothing else, no service. Hopefully he/she will keep an eye on you.

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