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ATC - Using the Word "Roger"

Source - www.pilotworkshop.com/tips/atc_communication_roger.htm, Featuring John Krug

Subscriber Question:

"A controller told me to hold short of a runway and I said Roger. He was upset that I didn't say hold short. What is the correct response? I hear some only repeat a portion while others repeat everything back to the controller." - Mark S.

John:

"ATC is required to obtain a verbal acknowledgement of runway assignments and runway hold short instructions. If the pilot does not read back the instruction, the controller is required to obtain it.

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For example:

ATC - Piper Three Papa Charlie, Runway Three Six, taxi via taxiway Charlie, hold short of Runway Two Seven

Pilot - Piper Three Papa Charlie, Roger.

ATC - Piper Three Papa Charlie, read back hold short instructions.

Include the aircraft identification in all readbacks and acknowledgments. This helps controllers to determine that the correct aircraft received the clearance or instruction.

The requirement to include aircraft identification in all readbacks and acknowledgements becomes more important as frequency congestion increases and when aircraft with similar call signs are on the same frequency."