1.14. Standard Calls - Altitude

[To some extent the calls for altitude management depend on the particular equipment, operating environment, and company policy. The following is a guide only. You will need to develop procedures for your own operation.]

Similarly to the General Standard Calls, some standard calls are designated that apply specifically to altitude. The purpose of these calls is to reduce the likelihood of inadvertent deviation from a desired altitude or missing of a target altitude. Underlined terms are defined in the "Definitions" section of this chapter.

  1. Altitude Deviation — Upon observing an Altitude Deviation the PNF should call "Altitude." The PF should respond with "Check, correcting" and correct the altitude to within the normal parameters or if, abnormal altitude is necessary call "Intentional" and continue.

[Depending on your type of operation, it may be appropriate to add some calls where the rate of climb or descent must change when approaching an altitude.]

  1. Approaching an Altitude — Upon reaching 1000 ft away from a target altitude the PF shall confirm the altitude alert and flight guidance settings (if applicable) and should call "(current altitude) for (target altitude), Altitude Select." An example of such a call follows, "Flight level one niner zero for eighteen thousand, Altitude Select." If the target altitude is less than 1000 ft away from the altitude that the aircraft is level at, no additional calls are required to those described in the "Departing an Altitude" subsection. The calls for approaching an altitude that is part of an Instrument Approach Procedure are found in the chapter pertaining to Normal Flight Procedures Arrival.
  2. Arriving at an Altitude — Upon arriving at a target altitude the PF should call "Level at (FL or Altitude)." The PNF will reply "Check" and if appropriate make any radio transmission to ATC that may be required.
  3. Departing an Altitude — Upon departing an altitude the PF shall confirm the altitude alert and flight guidance settings and then should call "Leaving (altitude or Flight Level vacated) for (target altitude), Altitude Select, Vertical Mode set to (vertical mode setting, ie., IAS, VS, VNAV)." The PNF will confirm that the settings are appropriate and call "Check."
  4. Instrument Approaches — For Instrument Approaches the guidance for standard calls, including altitude related calls, is found in the chapter pertaining to Normal Flight Procedures Arrival.
  5. FL100/10000 ASL — Procedures for climbing and descending through Flight Level 100 or 10000 ASL are found in the applicable chapters for Normal Procedures Departure and Normal Procedures Arrival.
  6. Transition - Altimeter Setting/Standard Pressure Regions — Transition procedures and standard calls are found in the Barometric Altimeter Setting Procedures section of this chapter.

 
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