Use a Proper Position and Intention Report
Posted on July 13, 2012 by jalsip
In general, radio phraseology at uncontrolled airports is less than stellar, but for many pilots the phase “traffic in the area, please advise” is like finger nails on a chalk board; for example, consider this radio transmission: “North county airport, Cirrus x-ray – x-ray, landing 13. Traffic in the area please advise.”
The Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM), Chapter 4, section 1-9 paragraph g states – “traffic in the area please advise” is not a recognized self announce position and/or intention phrase and should not be used under any condition”. The AIM clearly specifies the self announce procedures for approach to and landing at an uncontrolled airport. At approximately 10 miles out a pilot should transmit a position and intention report. An example of a proper radio call would include your identification, your location and altitude and your intentions.
Proper radio etiquette requires that pilots listen before making a transmission. Upon listening, the pilot hears numerous pattern position reports and will be advised of the current traffic situation at the airport. There is no need to request an advisory.
Maybe traffic is slack during the time an airplane is on the 10 mile approach, and no traffic pattern position reports are given during this time. There is still no need to say “traffic in the area please advise”. Upon hearing a 10 mile position and intention report, any other pilots in the airport vicinity would respond with a proper position report in due time. When a new airplane is joining the traffic at an uncontrolled airport, respectful pilots will make their positions known to the new comer.
Asking that any pilots in the area “please advise” ignores the proposition that pilots in the area are making position reports, and highlights the proposition that the pilot making the advisory request is not listening. The first commandment of proper communication is “thou shall listen first”.
Another argument against using the phase “traffic in the area please advise” is this: consider that the other six pilots within the airport environment actually answered you. Talk about transmissions getting walked on.
Responsible pilots work to develop skills that make us better airmen. Learn proper radio procedure and phraseology, practice proper communications and make good radio transmissions your habit. Good habits help keep you safe. Good habits earn the respect of other pilots. Please do not say “traffic in the area please advise”.