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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : ftz|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 39000|
msl bound upper : 39000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zme|
artcc : zid
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Large Transport, Low Wing, 2 Turbojet Eng|
|Navigation In Use||Other |
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 150|
flight time total : 12000
flight time type : 1200
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : radar|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
ZME did not give frequency change to contact ZKC. We continued to monitor ZME until advised by company communication via ACARS to contact ZKC. Did so successfully. No problems. Suggest different sounding call signs by companies so frequency changes and ATC communication don't get confused. There were 3 other company flts, ours was 'def'. There also was a 'dgf' and another 'D?F'. I suspect that someone else rogered our frequency change. Center is just too blase about communication. Also suggest that we use individual numbers instead of group numbers. They just sound too much alike otherwise.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: 3 COMPANY FLTS WITH SIMILAR FLT NUMBERS. NEVER RECEIVED HANDOFF TO NEXT CENTER.
Narrative: ZME DID NOT GIVE FREQ CHANGE TO CONTACT ZKC. WE CONTINUED TO MONITOR ZME UNTIL ADVISED BY COMPANY COM VIA ACARS TO CONTACT ZKC. DID SO SUCCESSFULLY. NO PROBLEMS. SUGGEST DIFFERENT SOUNDING CALL SIGNS BY COMPANIES SO FREQ CHANGES AND ATC COM DON'T GET CONFUSED. THERE WERE 3 OTHER COMPANY FLTS, OURS WAS 'DEF'. THERE ALSO WAS A 'DGF' AND ANOTHER 'D?F'. I SUSPECT THAT SOMEONE ELSE ROGERED OUR FREQ CHANGE. CENTER IS JUST TOO BLASE ABOUT COM. ALSO SUGGEST THAT WE USE INDIVIDUAL NUMBERS INSTEAD OF GROUP NUMBERS. THEY JUST SOUND TOO MUCH ALIKE OTHERWISE.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.