ATC Department

ATIS

ATIS has to be identical across different ATC stations of the same airport, always. Tower controller is the leader regarding ATIS.

 

The ATIS window has 8 different spaces to be filled. 

 

ATC Position. Insert the name of the position as written on the charts. This means: ENGLISH. Zurich, Geneva, Sion, Bern, Samedan, etc.

Voice. The server automatically selected in this zone shall not be changed except when experiencing technical problems that make it necessary to manually change the voice server.

METAR Station. Insert the ICAO of the airport you are controlling. If no METAR is available insert the closest or leave it empty.

Take-off. Insert the MAIN (and SECONDARY for Zurich) active runway designator. The format is just "23" or "05" for Geneva while for Zurich is "28 SEC 16" or "32 SEC 34".

Landing. Insert the landing runway including precision or non-precision approach activated. That means "05 ILS" or "14 ILS" or "23 VORDME" or "14 RNAV" or "14 LOC/RNAV".

Transition level. Based on QNH and reported as FL "75" or "80" or "180" (i.e. without the first zero when below FL100).

Transition altitude. As reported on the charts, insert as an altitude: "7000"

Remarks. In this section only relevant and realistic information should be inserted. This is NOT the place to remind pilots to check their take-off performance, nor which language is in use, nor what NOTAM says.

 

Generally approved remarks:

  • GRASS RWY CLSD
  • GRASS RWY AVLB
  • LOW VISIBILITY PROCEDURE ACTIVE
  • (SEV/MOD) ICEING (TURBULENCE) REPORTED (FCST) (AT XXXX) BETWEEN FLXX AND FLXXX
  • SECTOR BRAVO BRAVO ACT

 

Not accepted:

  • Dan is your ATC
  • Report unable rwy 28
  • Visit my personal facebook page
  • English / French / German / Italian / Latin
  • Report unable to taxi
  • Etc.