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Approach and area control

Approach and area control services AIP GEN 3.4

Circumstance Phraseology

Pilot transmission

1 Departure instructions (a) Track (three digits) degrees [magnetic] to (or from) (significant point) [until (time) (or reaching) (fix or significant point or level)]
2 Approach instructions (a) Cleared DME (or GPS) arrival [sector (identifying letter of the sector)]
(c) Cleared straight-in (chart title) approach [followed by circling to runway (number)]
(d) Commence approach at (time)
Pilot to advise when able to conduct a visual approach (e) Report visual
(f) Report runway [lights] in sight
(g) Report (significant point) [outbound or inbound]
Visual approach by night (h) When established (position) cleared for visual approach
3 Holding instructions
Visual (a) Hold visual [over] (position)
Published holding procedure over a waypoint, facility or fix (b) Hold at (waypoint, facility or fix) (level) expect approach (or further clearance) at (time)
When pilot requires an oral description of holding procedures based on a facility (c) REQUEST HOLDING INSTRUCTIONS
(d) Hold at (waypoint, facility or fix) (callsign and frequency, if necessary) (level) inbound track (three digits) degrees right (or left-hand) pattern, outbound time (number) minutes (additional instructions, if necessary)
4 Expected approach time (a) No delays expected
(b) Expected approach time (time)
5 To advise ATC of Minimum Fuel status (a) MINIMUM FUEL
ATC acknowledgment of Minimum Fuel status


Advice of fuel status must be made to each ATC sector on frequency transfer.

(b) Minimum fuel acknowledged [no delay expected or expect (delay information)]


Vicinity of the aerodrome – visual identification AIP GEN 3.4

Circumstance Phraseology

Pilot transmission

Unique to Australia (ICAO Silent)

Military specific

1 Identification of aircraft (a) Show landing light
2 Acknowledgment by visual means (a) Acknowledge by moving ailerons (or rudder)
(b) Acknowledge by rocking wings
(c) Acknowledge by flashing landing lights

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