VFR Communications Procedures at Uncontrolled Aerodromes with MF and ATF Areas (TP 2228E-14)

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The following procedures shall be followed by pilots of radio-equipped aircraft at uncontrolled aerodromes within an MF area and should also be followed by pilots at aerodromes with ATFs:

(The procedures below have been summarized. Read them in full in A.I.P. RAC 4.5.7.)

Operations on Manoeuvring Area:

  • Report intentions and maintain a listening watch.


  • Report intentions before moving onto the runway;

  • Ascertain visually and by radio that no conflict is likely during takeoff; and

  • Report departing from the aerodrome traffic circuit and monitor the designated frequency until well clear of the area (5-10 NM).


  • Report position, altitude, arrival procedure intentions and estimated time of landing at least 5minutes prior to entering the area;

  • Maintain listening watch on the designated frequency;

  • Report joining the circuit pattern giving position in the pattern;

  • Report on downwind leg, if applicable;

  • Report established on final approach; and

  • Report clear of the active runway after landing.

Continuous Circuits:

  • Report joining the downwind leg;

  • Report established on final approach, stating intentions; and

  • Report clear of the active runway after the final landing.
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