Harry.Brown wrote:ROG, the reason students only mention STUDENT on initial contact is because that’s what CAP 413 states .
16 year old Sam Cross, who died on his second solo flight at Southend, would probably still be alive today if he had prefixed EVERY call with “student”.
@Harry.Brown - thanks for drawing attention to this. I just read the AAIB from that fatal crash and it is very illuminating.
I do not understand why CAP413 has the requirement only for initial contact, other than for brevity. Having completed my PPL last year, during training I would often prefix or suffix all my calls with "Student-xx" for that very reason - what happens if there's a change of controllers (yes, they have the slip of paper) or if a new aircraft joins the circuit? It is better to be explicit in my view, at the trade off of the 1/3rd of a second it takes to say "student".
In fact, having read CAP413 during my training, and having heard others on Farnborough's freq also only mention it during the initial call, at some point I stopped saying "Student" except for the initial call.. I was then, within a couple of flights, was pulled up (politely) by one of the FI's in another aircraft to the effect of "G-xx, I think G-(me) is a Student and he should be affixing his calls with "Student"". This led to a brief in air mea-culpa from me and a more detailed on the ground conversation - but I am very glad the FI did that, and I used "Student" more frequently than CAP413 requires, but I also think more safely.