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General
Revision: 07 Oct 2021

The following policies apply to all operations.

Pilot Policy: 3.0.0

All pilots must be proficient in the English language. Any communication initiated in English must elicit a response in English.

Local languages may be used so long as both the communicator and the receiver mutually agree to such exchanges.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences

Pilot Policy: 3.0.1

A working microphone is required and all pilots must be prepared to talk on frequency in the Terminal Environment.

If you are new to POSCON or you don't feel comfortable talking on the radio, connect in the Ghost Mode first in order to become familiar with ATC phraseology and procedures. If you are unable to comply with this policy for any reason, you need to arrange for a specific exemption before connecting to POSCON. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences

Pilot Policy: 3.0.2

Pilots must monitor Guard frequency on Comm #2 unless unable due to operational reasons (e.g. listening to ATIS or aircraft is only equipped with one radio).

ATC often use Guard to hail a pilot to their frequency. If the pilot does not respond, they will send a message through CPDLC that requires compliance within 3 minutes. Failure to comply will result in the server automatically Ghosting the pilot.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences

Pilot Policy: 3.0.3

Pilots shall only use Guard frequency to locate the proper ATC frequency to be on and to speak to Moderators.

Conversations, animal noises, or any other unrelated chatter is strictly prohibited on Guard.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences

Pilot Policy: 3.0.4

Keep unnecessary chatter on all frequencies (except VHF 123.450) to a minimum. Any form of trolling on any communication method is strictly prohibited.

In this context, trolling is defined as screaming, intentionally blocking transmissions, playing music, pretending to be another aircraft or ATC, intentionally leaving your mic open, or anything else deemed as overly disruptive.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences

 

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Controlled
Revision: 07 Oct 2021

The following policies apply to all operations that are conducted at a Controlled Airfield or in Controlled Airspace.

Pilot Policy: 3.1.0

Pilots must always establish and maintain two-way voice radio communications with ATC (expand for exceptions).

Exceptions include:

  • ATC may grant permission to leave the frequency.
  • En route, voice communication is not required. If voice is not used for en route, the pilot must be available via CPDLC/ACARS.

Pilots should use the "Ghost" mode when a long break from frequency is required.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • ATC; through compliance timer
  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences

 

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Uncontrolled
Revision: 07 Oct 2021

The following policies apply to all operations that are conducted at an Uncontrolled Airfield or in Uncontrolled Airspace.

Pilot Policy: 3.2.0

All Terminal Environment aircraft movements must be announced on the published real-world CTAF frequency (if no frequency is listed, expand for procedure).

If there is no real-world CTAF frequency published for the Terminal Environment operating in:

  1. Search ICAO Data > Airports to see what frequency the POSCON ATC Division has set for that particular airport area.
  2. If there is no frequency listed, then use 122.95 MHz and announce intentions.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences

Pilot Policy: 3.2.1

The following radio calls are required for departure: Taxi, Runway Crossing (if applicable), Takeoff, and Departing Pattern. The following radio calls are required for arrival: 10 NM, Pattern Entry, Final, Runway Exit, Runway Crossing (if applicable), and Taxi.

When en route, and outside of controlled airspace, you should monitor Air-to-Air frequency on 123.450 MHz on Comm #1.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences

 

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