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If There is no clearance im new to VatSim do I need a Squawk still?


Elliot Newall
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Can you explain your lack of clearance to us? Which clearance were you hoping for? Were you in contact with ATC?

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I think, he was talking about unmanned airports when there is no ATC online.

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7 hours ago, Mateusz Zymla said:

Squawk 2000 for IFR, 7000 for VFR (2200, 1200 for US respectively). 

2000 IFR in North America as well (typically)

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16 hours ago, Tim Wong said:

I think, he was talking about unmanned airports when there is no ATC online.

Yes, I know :). I was hoping Elliot would realise his post wasn't too clear on that.

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If the "Clearance Delivery" position at your departure airport is not staffed, you follow the "top down control" chain: DEL -> GND -> TWR -> APP/DEP -> CTR. The first staffed position on that chain will issue your IFR clearance and assign a squawk code. So for example, if you're flying out of EGLL, and neither EGLL_DEL nor EGLL_GND is staffed, but EGLL_TWR is, then you would call up EGLL_TWR and request your IFR clearance from them, and they would tell you the squawk code.

If none of them is staffed, then you can't get an IFR clearance; in this case, you depart on Unicom and "clear yourself" (but don't actually say your clearance on frequency, just act as if you've been cleared as filed), and you use the appropriate standard squawk code - 2000 for IFR, 7000 for VFR in most of ICAO land, 1200 for VFR in the US. You would still squawk mode C, i.e., turn the transponder on.

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