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You are maintaining a track of 060° direct towards your destination. After establishing communication with an ATC radar unit, the controller instructs you: "FOR IDENTIFICATION TURN RIGHT HEADING ONE FIVE ZERO DEGREES." What should you do?

  • A
    Turn right onto 150° magnetic and maintain your current transponder setting.
  • B
    Turn right onto 150° magnetic and select IDENT on your transponder.
  • C
    Turn 150° right onto a heading of 210° magnetic and maintain your current transponder setting.
  • D
    Select IDENT on your transponder and maintain your present track. The SSR will provide the identification.

Radar identification can be lost due to fade area or ither issues. After re-establishing the radar contact, pilots can be asked to carry out specific manoeuvres, preferably turns with a defined degree or direction, which will make the identification on the radar screen easier for the controller.

Controller: VRE2484, For identification, turn XX degrees/left/right/heading XX.
Pilot: Turning XX degrees/left/right/heading XX, VRE2484.


ICAO Doc 4444
12.4.1.1 IDENTIFICATION OF AIRCRAFT

b) FOR IDENTIFICATION TURN LEFT (or RIGHT) HEADING (three digits);

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