USING THE RADIO IN A CTAF AND NON-CONTROLLED AIRSPACE

First Flight Special 45 mins flight over sunshine coast

CTAF stands for Common Traffic Advisory Frequency. This radio frequency is used for non-controlled (or Class G) aerodromes or airports at which the control tower closes overnight. 

 Here is a list of Caloundra CTAF Radio Calls in printable PDF form.

You must follow the Basic Radio rules as per the CASA website. A broadcast (CAR 166C) must include:

  • the name of the aerodrome
  • the aircraft’s type and call sign and
  • the position of the aircraft and the pilot’s intentions

All pilots of aircraft carrying a VHF airband radio should make broadcasts as required, depending on traffic in the area in accordance with the following table:

       Pilot’s intention                                        Broadcast required

The pilot intends to take off

Immediately before, or during, taxiing

The pilot intends to enter a runway

Immediately before entering a runway

The pilot is inbound

10 nm or earlier from the aerodrome, commensurate with aircraft performance and pilot workload, with an estimated time of arrival (ETA) for the aerodrome (less distance if CTAF is located within a designated training area.)

The pilot is ready to join the circuit

Immediately before joining the circuit

The pilot intends to carry out a straight-in approach; or join on base leg

On final approach at not less than 3 nm from the

threshold before joining on base

The pilot intends to fly through the vicinity of,  but not land at, a non-controlled aerodrome

When the aircraft enters the vicinity of the aerodrome (as defined)

Please note: the radio calls below are examples only and are not a complete list of required radio calls and GoFly Aviation accepts no responsibility or liability for incidents which arise from the use of these examples.

Caloundra CTAF

Taxi to runway

Caloundra Traffic (aircraft type and call sign) taxiing to runway ( 23, 12, 30 or 05) Caloundra

Entering Runway and taking off directly on runway 23

Caloundra Traffic (aircraft type and call sign) entering runway 23, Caloundra

Rolling Runway 23 for circuits or departure

Caloundra Traffic (aircraft type and call sign ) rolling runway 23 for (circuits or departing leg of circuit to?) Caloundra

Rolling any other runway for circuits or departure

Caloundra traffic (aircraft type and call sign) rolling runway (23, 05, 12 or 30) for (circuits or departing upwind or downwind to where?)

Entering 23 and backtracking for another runway

Caloundra Traffic (aircraft type and call sign) entering and backtracking 05 for runway (??) Caloundra

Entering and backtracking any runway

Caloundra Traffic (aircraft type and call sign) entering and backtracking runway (05 ,12 or 30)

Backtracking 23 after landing for parking

Caloundra Traffic (aircraft type and call sign) backtracking 23 for the main apron Caloundra

Conducting circuits, base call is the only call that is required unless there is conflict with another aircraft

Base turn

Caloundra Traffic (aircraft type and call sign) turning base runway (12, 23,30 or 05) for (full stop or touch and go) Caloundra

Missed approach (go around)

Caloundra traffic (aircraft type and call sign) going around runway (12, 23, 05 or 30) Caloundra

Inbound call

Caloundra traffic (aircraft type and call sign then position as bearing from Caloundra such as 5 nm South of Caloundra then height, eg 1500 feet) Inbound, estimate overhead (time in minutes past the hour) Caloundra

When joining the leg of a circuit and approaching the aerodrome, the pilot should always try and fly overhead 1500 AGL then descend on the non active side for cross-wind join for the active runway giving way to aircraft in circuit.

Joining a leg of a circuit

Caloundra Traffic (aircraft type and call sign) joining (cross-wind, or downwind) runway (23, 12, 05 or 30) Caloundra.

CLICK HERE for a printable PDF version of our CTAF radio calls. Frequency