If you’re reading this, you are most likely an IFATC Officer or Officer in Training, and this guide might help you to keep your knowledge fresh in your mind about some basics and not-so-basic commands on our ATC interface. This guide will only include radar frequencies (Approach - Departure - Center), a guide for Tower and Ground frequencies can be found attached at the end of this guide.
NOTE:Some of these commands are only available for Expert Server ATC (IFATC).
All radar frequencies are equipped with the exact same commands, however, the way they are used will depend on the frequency (approach - departure - center) and the various scenarios that controllers face on their daily control. Due to this, all radar frequencies commands will be summed on a single section:
Altitude and Heading
"N26PR, turn left/right heading XXXº, descend/climb and maintain X,XXX ft.
Instruct the aircraft to turn to an assigned heading while climbing/descending to the instructed altitude.
“N26PR, descend/climb and maintain X,XXXft”
Instruct the aircraft to make an altitude change, keeping the same heading.
“N26PR, turn left/right heading XXXº”
Instruct the aircraft to turn to a specific altitude without changing the altitude instruction that may have been previously given.
Continue As Filed
“N26PR, continue as filed”
Instruct the aircraft to continue as filed on their flight plan.
Resume Own Navigation
“N26PR, resume own navigation”
Instruct the aircraft to take command on his heading and altitude when there’s no intention to return to their FPL or it hasn’t got a FPL filed.
Maintain Speed + Send
“N26PR, maintain XXX knots”
Instruct the aircraft to maintain a specific speed.
Maintain Speed + Or Greater
“N26PR, maintain XXX knots or greater”
Instruct the aircraft to maintain a specific speed as a minimum.
Maintain Speed + Or Below
“N26PR, do not exceed XXX knots.”
Instruct the aircraft to maintain a specific speed as a maximum.
Approach Speed + Option
“N26PR, maintain XXX knots until X mile final”
Instruct the pilot to maintain 160/170/180 knots until they are 4/5/6 miles away.
Speed at your Discretion
“N26PR, speed at your discretion”
Lift a previous speed restriction given to the pilot.
Maintain Present Speed
“N26PR, maintain present speed”
Instruct the pilot to maintain their current speed (KIAS).
Maintain Slowest Practical Speed
“N26PR, maintain slowest practical speed”
Request the pilot to fly as slow as possible without risking the integrity of their aircraft.
Maintain Best Forward Speed
“N26PR, maintain best forward speed”
Request the pilot to fly as fast as possible within the server rules and professional flying etiquette.
Adjust Speed to Follow
“N26PR, adjust speed to follow aircraft ahead”
Request the pilot to adjust their speed to match the speed of the pilot ahead after the pilot in front has been assigned a speed restriction.
Approach + Expect Vectors
“N26PR, expect vectors for the [APP] approach, runway XX at [Airport name]”
Assign the aircraft an approach type and runway and advise to expect vectors.
Approach + Continue as Filed
“N26PR, continue as filed, expect the [APP] approach, runway XX at [Airport name]”
Assign the aircraft an approach type and runway and allow to continue on their flight plan, as filed.
Unable (Outside of Coverage Area)
“N26PR, requested airport is outside of coverage area, proceed on course.”
Deny an approach service due to the airport being outside of the ATC coverage area.
Unable at this Time
“N26PR, unable to provide services to this airport at the moment, proceed on course”
Deny an approach service at the current moment. Reasons may vary depending on the scenario.
“N26PR, you’re outside of my airspace, proceed on course”
Deny any radar services due to the aircraft being outside of the frequency airspace.
Drag and Vector Tool
Drag + Send
"N26PR, turn left/right heading XXXº "
Drag + Assign Altitude
“N26PR, turn left/right heading XXXº, descend/climb and maintain X,XXX ft”
Heading and Altitude Instruction
Tap + Assign Altitude
“N26PR, descend/climb and maintain X,XXX ft”
Drag to Point + Hold
“N26PR, turn left/right heading XXXº, descend/climb and maintain X,XXX and hold over [Navaid/Airport], left/right turns, do not exceed XXX knots.”
Heading and Altitude instruction to fly towards a Holding point.
Hold + Present Position
“N26PR, hold present position at X,XXXft, left/right turns, do not exceed XXX knots”
Maintain present position by starting a hold on the assigned altitude and speed.
Hold + L/R 360º
“N26PR, make a left/right 360º for spacing”
Make a 360º turn.
Opens the Messages Tabs
Drag + Set Reminder
Add reminder for a certain point in the map AND a timer.
Tap + Set Reminder
Add reminder using a timer only.
Cancel the D&V tool’s use.
Drag and Vector Tool - Decoded Information
When you drag the tool from the aircraft to any point on your screen, a rectangle will be displayed showing information like this: