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How to deal with sudden ATC disconnect?

Tobias Dammers

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This just happened today; I was happily cruising along, but shortly before reaching my TOD, the controller handling me disappeared from the ATC list, and two others before me made requests for descent clearances that went unanswered. Having noticed the absence of the controller, I waited about a minute to make sure it wasn't just something like temporary packet loss, then made a brief "all stations" call on the ATC frequency about the situation and switched to UNICOM. Is this what one is supposed to do in such a situation? Or just quietly switch to UNICOM?

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Quietly switch to UNCIOM. Refer to the charts if you are arriving and announce your intentions to other pilots around you. Simple as that. Sometimes the controller might have sudden connection drops or some other thing you never know.

Edited by Chriss Klosowski
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