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Author Topic: Can a Commercial Airline pilot Talk to a Ham Operator  (Read 9670 times)
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« Reply #30 on: May 16, 2012, 09:26:42 AM »

I am a pilot for a major US airline and an extra class Ham operator.   I can indeed speak on the ham bands with ham operators, and when my work load permits, I often make a quick call to a friend.  If I wasn't a ham operator, I could and would use the HF radio to perform my cockpit duties, but not on the Ham bands.  To use the Ham bands, a pilot is required to have the credential needed for that portion of the band, just like everyone else.

For transport pilots, the cockpit is considered sterile while below 10,000' AGL.   Hence, no idle chit chat in the cockpit or on the radio until above 10,000'.   Once above 10,000', if workload permits, we can chat with each other/eat dinner/bathroom breaks/etc.
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« Reply #31 on: May 16, 2012, 01:01:20 PM »

And the aircraft radio that's  in use for recreation (amateur radio) must not be necessary for proper flight and control of the aircraft at that time.  Most commercial airliners have redundant radios and the pilot/hams I know or have worked have always indicated to me that (with permission) they can use a secondary installed HF radio in the cockpit for amateur radio communications as per their ham license restrictions.  That radio/antenna is part of the aircraft and is owned by the airline but available to a licensed ham pilot (again, with permission) for his recreational use as time and job duties allow.

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Terry, WØFM
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« Reply #32 on: May 16, 2012, 01:04:57 PM »

Oh, and my son is a licensed Commercial Helicopter pilot and the only thing he has learned in training that is in common with amateur radio is the International Phoenetic Alphabet. 

It's the same as we use.  ;o)

Terry, Whiskey Zero Foxtrot Mike
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