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Features February 2019 Issue

Report Leaving

Report Leaving

Readers ask when you should report leaving an altitude. En route? Pilotís discretion or to meet a crossing? How about after cleared for approach? And do controllers really care?

In the case of the departure, and from a certain perspective, I could call that report a requirement. The respective approach/center controller is required to verify your altitude anyway to make sure it is what they are seeing on their screens, just like the Tower controller is required to make sure you are squawking the right code before they switch you. As you continue your climb, and as annoying as it can be, the verification requests could continue on every new frequency, and certainly with each new facility. While your initial departure and the climb is where you will report leaving an altitude the most, what about when youíre at cruise or even up in the flight levels?

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