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sqwauk code

PostPosted:Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:42 am
by coryjake05
Im not to sure If I have come to the correct place to ask something about the squawk code but here it goes. Why do some aircraft not have a squawk code when they are coming across the Atlantic from the USA over the Europe/ Africa sort of way? If anyone knows an answer ASAP will be nice thankyou

Re: sqwauk code

PostPosted:Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:09 pm
by Paul_Sengupta
Can you give an example?

Perhaps half way across the Atlantic there isn't any radar, so the aircraft aren't emitting any secondary surveillance information.

Re: sqwauk code

PostPosted:Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:20 pm
by PaulSS
Paul's hit the nail on the head. You only wear a squawk so ATC can see you with their secondary surveillance radar. Since the radars don't have the range to extend out over the Atlantic, Pacific, sparse parts of Africa etc they can't see your squawk and you're on a Procedural Service. As FIRs are regularly crossed on those sort of flights it is normal to squawk 2000. Once you come into range of ATC they'll allocate you a squawk relevant to the controlling agency and at an appropriate time you'll be put back under Radar Control.

In the not-too-distant past the Procedural Service was all controlled using specific speeds, position reports etc and a WW 2 plotting table. Nowadays they can actually 'see' you from your ADS-B/C and just send text messages over CPDLC, instead of scratchy HF :D

Re: sqwauk code

PostPosted:Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:44 pm
by JonathanB
Near real-time surveillance (via satellite) is coming to the North Atlantic very soon... ... evolution/