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Radio telephony procedures

After take-off

After take-off AIP GEN 3.4

Circumstance Phraseology

Pilot transmission

1 Tracking after take-off (a) REQUEST RIGHT (or left) TURN [when airborne]
(b) Left (or right) turn approved
(c) After passing (level) (instructions)
Heading to be followed (d) Continue on (magnetic direction of runway) (instructions)
When a specific track is to be followed (e) Track (magnetic direction of runway) (instructions)
(f) Climb straight ahead (instructions)
2 Airborne report – radar
Where an ATS surveillance service is provided unrestricted turn to track (including SID) (a) PASSING (level) climbing to (level)
Heading specified by ATC (b) TURNING LEFT (or right) PASSING (level) (CLIMBING TO (level)), or
When assigned heading approximates runway bearing (d) HEADING (three digits) PASSING (level) CLIMBING to (level)
3 Departure report – non-radar
When notifying departure report to a control tower (a) TRACKING (track being flown) [from (reference aid used to establish track) or via SID (identifier)]
climbing to (level) ESTIMATING (first reporting point) at (time)
Non-controlled aerodromes – non surveillance (b) Departed (location) (time in minutes) tracking [to intercept] (track) climbing to (intended level) estimating (first reporting point) at (time)
Non-controlled aerodromes – surveillance when notifying departure and identification is expected with the departure report (c) (Location reference departure aerodrome) passing (current level) climbing to (intended level) estimating (first reporting point) at (time)

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