I’ve noticed a lot of people who aren’t properly tuning out of the frequency when given frequency change. While nothing major, it can definitely clutter up the flight strip screen, and at crowded airports it gets pretty annoying, as a) it clutters up the screen and is very annoying, and b) us controllers have to manually swipe away your flight strip, taking time away from dealing with other aircraft.
Here’s an example of what it looks like when we have to swipe away your flight strip:
If you tap on any of those white planes, they turn blue again, you can send them any message, and their flight strip appears on the fligh strip bar again. Pretty messy, right?
Without further adue, here’s how to properly tune out of a frequency.
When departing, and there’s no Approach or Departure frequency, tower ATC will tell you ”frequency change approved, good day”. After you reply, tap on the first button on the top left, the left facing arrow. (<)
It will then take you to this screen, the list of all frequencies and unicoms.
Now here’s where a lot of people go wrong. You may assume that just because you tapped that arrow, you’re off the frequency and good to go. But you aren’t off the controllers map. There’s more!
Pre global, you would just tap on any random Unicom, but now we have the option to really “tune out”of a frequency without having to be on a Unicom.
Tap the “TUNE OUT OF ____ TOWER” button.
Once you do so, you should get this, which means you’re no longer on tower frequency and aren’t on any frequency:
You’re all set! Tap anywhere on your screen and the pop-up will go away. All you have to do now is enjoy your flight!
This is what it looks like when you’re properly tuned out of a frequency. The plane is gray, and you can’t send them any messages besides on-guard.
I almost forgot to add, you can do the same thing for any frequency. When departure (or approach acting as departure) tells you frequency change approved, without giving you a specific frequency to tune to, you do the same thing.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. See you in the skies!