ATC have to record point of departure, destination, type etc for their flight strip, which is a legal document.
Even though you may have filed a flight plan, the ATSU to which you are speaking might not have access to it.
Crash one wrote:Discussions over what landing fee to pay is nothing to do with ATC. Whether you are an R22, an SU27 or an SR22 may be relevant to ATC. But they don't decide on the landing fee.
PaulSS wrote:... The pilots have to tell ATC so they can submit a flight strip because it's a legal document. A legal document to document what? ..
PaulSS wrote:Gonzo, the flight strip requirement sounds a bit like the tail wagging the dog. The pilots have to tell ATC so they can submit a flight strip because it's a legal document. A legal document to document what?
Ex-FISO wrote:The details are so they can give you an alerting service. The writing of them on the strip makes the legal document. No tail wagging involved.
PaulSS wrote:I'm not questioning the flight strips per se, just some of the seemingly irrelevant information that someone has decided needs to be regurgitated on first contact and can often go on for ages. All of the examples given so far have no bearing on the fact that a Scroggins X5 departed a strip 5 miles west of Upper Chuff and is destined for a private strip 10 miles east of Downer Lane. ATC are almost certainly not going to know what that aircraft is, where they've come from or where they're going and what relevance has any of that when they have a close encounter with a 172 or when the engine goes pop? Yes, their current position is absolutely relevant, as is where they're going while under the control of the ATC unit but the rest of it, I suggest, is superfluous.