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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : sna|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Experience||controller non radar : 3|
controller radar : 5
flight time total : 70
|Anomaly||non adherence : published procedure|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
I have worked at a level 5 approach control for the past 5 yrs. Recently I have noticed an increase in the number of pilots who omit their call signs when transmitting. During a reasonably slow 5 hour period I recorded 56 such xmissions, 1/2 made by air carrier or air taxi pilots. I cannot express the importance of using pilot call signs. Something as simple as a frequency change taken by a wrong aircraft (and not known by the controller) can become serious. The controller is ultimately responsible for ensuring every control instruction given is received by the proper aircraft. Every transmission acknowledged without a call sign attached needs to be verified, making the controller's job more tedious and frustrating, and also very distracting. Whether it is busy or slow or a pilot is responding to something as mundane as a frequency change, their call sign must be used.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: RPTR RPTS AN INCREASE IN NUMBER OF PLTS NOT USING CALL SIGNS WHEN XMITTING.
Narrative: I HAVE WORKED AT A LEVEL 5 APCH CTL FOR THE PAST 5 YRS. RECENTLY I HAVE NOTICED AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PLTS WHO OMIT THEIR CALL SIGNS WHEN XMITTING. DURING A REASONABLY SLOW 5 HR PERIOD I RECORDED 56 SUCH XMISSIONS, 1/2 MADE BY ACR OR AIR TAXI PLTS. I CANNOT EXPRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF USING PLT CALL SIGNS. SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS A FREQ CHANGE TAKEN BY A WRONG ACFT (AND NOT KNOWN BY THE CTLR) CAN BECOME SERIOUS. THE CTLR IS ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING EVERY CTL INSTRUCTION GIVEN IS RECEIVED BY THE PROPER ACFT. EVERY XMISSION ACKNOWLEDGED WITHOUT A CALL SIGN ATTACHED NEEDS TO BE VERIFIED, MAKING THE CTLR'S JOB MORE TEDIOUS AND FRUSTRATING, AND ALSO VERY DISTRACTING. WHETHER IT IS BUSY OR SLOW OR A PLT IS RESPONDING TO SOMETHING AS MUNDANE AS A FREQ CHANGE, THEIR CALL SIGN MUST BE USED.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 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.