No. The releasing controller cannot know whether the pilot wants to continue VFR or IFR.
“free sqwak en-route” ;)
British ATC is always so formal with their phraseology:
Farnborough Radar: “Basic Service Only due to volume of traffic, limited radar performance and controller workload”
Bremen Information: “The sun has got his hat on, my screen is full of 7000 squawks, be careful and have a nice flight!” (not made up – he said “es stehen sieben Sonnen am Himmel…”)
I’m trying to correctly pronounce “Conspicuity” whole afternoon and I’m not progressing much
Same here and I’m a native speaker…..
I can see lots of “What?” “Say Again” from foreign pilots. I certainly don’t think it’s bringing the UK more into line with other countries. I’ve not heard it anywhere.
Reminds me of when our club first flew to the UK and although I’d briefed them about the peculiarities, of what to expect, I can remember chuckling as one of the club was met by a rather broad lancastrian accent asking them to “pass yer mussage” and the response, via 123.45 was ‘what the f***’?
I read there’s an ICAO requirement for aircraft flying internationally but not talking to an ATC unit to squawk 2000. It was in a friend’s CPL theory course book, which he doesn’t have any more so can’t check the exact wording. Wikipedia says The code to be squawked when entering a secondary surveillance radar (SSR) area from a non-SSR area used as Uncontrolled IFR flight squawk code and references ICAO doc 4444 & ICAO Annex 10
‘Conspicuity’ – can anyone say it! What does it mean!
I fly more instrument than VFR, so am no doubt late to this issue.
Recently, on the odd UK VFR flight, when handed over from one ATC sector to another I am told to “squawk Conspicuity and free call…”. Maybe its just me, but I truly cannot pronounce this word “Conspicuity” (especially in the somewhat pressured environment of English low level VFR). I don’t have trouble with any other words in the Australian English language. It comes out of my mouth as “conspiss-quewity” or “conspi-whatever” of just “VFR” in desperation.
More important, WTF does it mean??? Does it mean squawk 7000. If so why not just say so. if it means squawk some other code, then say that FFS.
It means 7000 for VFR and 2000 for IFR.
Recent changes, went live early this year.
ATC here has only just started using this daft phrase – in the past few weeks.
Completely pointless, and guaranteed to confuse any pilot flying in from abroad. I had no idea what it meant, and anyway in any relevant situation you are not being handed over to another unit which might see you on radar, so setting 7000 is fine. And if you are in IMC, OCAS, not talking to a radar unit, nobody cares anyway, you aren’t getting any useful service, so 7000 is fine too