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So there I was, airband radio in hand, sitting up on the Lickeys listening to B'ham approach etc. to try and develop my R/T "Listening Ear".
Then I heard an unfamiliar term "QSY", associated with requests to/instructions to switch frequencies. But I can't find it in CAP413 , for my sins.
Am I missing something?
That's because it's no longer approved terminology
Most of the others on this list are seldom heard > http://www.pilotfriend.com/training/fli ... q_code.htm
QSY means changing frequency to another station (And is paradoxically often heard)
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Not used anywhere else outside the UK as far as I know.
The FIS/approach controllers abroad seem to hand you off to the next sector where possible, so you don't need to worry about when or who to call next, or who's airspace you're about to bust.
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It was used everywhere where morse was used for communications. It still is used worldwide by radio amateurs in morse (and very often in speech, too, by old lags like me). I can't offhand remember hearing it in aviation elsewhere than the UK, but I probably wouldn't have noticed it if I had.
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