Pilot Guidelines - Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Phraseology

  • In real life you should file a flight plan before starting an IFR flight
  • There is no altitude limit to fly IFR
  • IFR means that you fly and navigate to your destination by means of Navigational aids such as VOR beacons, NDB Beacons and Intersections.
  • If your flight commences outside controlled airspace (see airway charts) you do not need clearance to operate, however you must request an information service from an ATC unit and remain outside controlled airspace until cleared to enter.

The following is a transcript of an IFR flight, LOT14, from Warsaw(EPWA) to Krakow (EPKK), with full ATC along the way:

LOT14:
Okecie Ground, LOT14, Boeing 737-500, stand 21 with information GOLF 1017, request IFR Clearance to Krakow

EPWA_GND:
LOT14, good evening, cleared Krakow, EVINA5G, Squawk 3101.

LOT14:
Cleared Krakow, EVINA5G departure, squawk 3101, LOT14

EPWA_GND:
LOT14, correct, start-up and pushback approved.

LOT14:
Start and push approved, LOT14

LOT14:
LOT14 Request taxi

EPWA_GND:
LOT14, taxi holding point rwy 29 via M, E, QNH 1017.

LOT14:
Taxi holding point rwy 29 via M and E, QNH 1017, LOT14

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EPWA_GND:
LOT14, contact Okecie Tower, 118.300

LOT14:
Contact Okecie Tower 118.300, LOT14

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LOT14:
Okecie Tower , LOT14 holding point rwy 29

EPWA_TWR:
LOT14, Okecie Tower Good Day, line up rwy 29 and wait.

LOT14:
Line-up rwy 29 and wait, LOT14

EPWA_TWR:
LOT14,Wind 280 degrees, 5 knots you are cleared for take-off rwy 29

LOT14:
Runway 29, cleared take-off, LOT14

EPWA_TWR:
LOT14, contact Okecie Approach 128.800 Bye.

LOT14:
Okecie Approach 128.800, LOT14

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LOT14:
Okecie Approach, LOT14 passing 1500ft for 6000ft, EVINA5G Departure

EPWA_APP:
LOT14, Squawk IDENT, climb FL130

LOT14:
IDENT you have, Climb FL130, LOT14

EPWA_APP:
LOT14 Climb FL200

LOT14:
Climb FL200, LOT14

EPWA_APP:
LOT14, contact Warsaw Radar on 134.925

LOT14:
134.925, LOT14

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LOT14
Warsaw Radar, LOT14 climbing FL200 to Evina

EPWW_CTR:
LOT14, hello, identified direct Pobok.

LOT14:
Direct Pobok, LOT14

EPWW_CTR:
LOT14, descend FL100, after POBOK POBOK1U Arrival from rwy 25 in Krakow

LOT14:
Descend FL100, after POBOK,POBOK1U Arrival from rwy 25 in Krakow, LOT14

EPWW_CTR:
LOT14, contact Krakow Approach, 121.075.

LOT14:
Krakow Approach 121.075, LOT14

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LOT14:
Krakow Approach, LOT14 FL200 10 mn to POBOK

EPKK_APP:
LOT14,Krakow Approach , Roger, descend FL80

LOT14:
Descend FL80, LOT14

EPKK_APP:
LOT14, Descend to 3000 ft, QNH 1007.

LOT14:
Descend to altitude 3000ft, QNH 1007, LOT14

EPKK_APP:
LOT14,Clear for ILS rwy 25 report established

LOT14:
Clear for ILS rwy 25 report established , LOT14

LOT14:
LOT14, Localiser established

EPKK_APP:
LOT14, contact Krakow Tower, 123.250

LOT14:
Tower 123.250, LOT14

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LOT14:
Krakow Tower , LOT14 established ILS 25

EPKK_TWR:
LOT14, continue approach runway 25, surface winds 250 degrees 12 knots

LOT14:
Continue approach runway 25, LOT14

EPKK_TWR:
LOT14, Wind 240 degrees 10 knots clear to Land rwy 25

LOT14:
Cleared to land runway 25, LOT14

EPKK_TWR:
LOT14, contact Krakow Ground 118.100

LOT14:
Krakow Ground 118.100, LOT14

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LOT14:
Krakow Ground, LOT14 vacated runway 25 via F

EPKK_GND
LOT14, taxi gate 6 via F, B, G, A

LOT14:
Gate 6 via F, B, G and A, LOT14