What is an RCAG in aviation?

What is an RCAG in aviation?

Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCCs), known to pilots as “Centers,” are capable of direct communications with IFR air traffic on certain frequencies. Maximum communications coverage is possible through the use of Remote Center Air/Ground (RCAG) sites comprised of both VHF and UHF transmitters and receivers.

What does a remote communications outlet do?

The RCO is used to make a radio call to the outlet as if the pilot were making the call directly to the FSS or FIC. The outlet will relay the call (and the briefer’s response) automatically. RCOs are sometimes confused with RTRs, or remote transmitter/receivers.

What is a RCAG Tower?

The RCAG Towers have been specifically designed for the next generation requirements of the FAA for RTR Towers. The RCAG Tower is distinguished from traditional RTR Towers by its much larger tower base with faces as wide as 20 feet compared to the typical RTR Tower face of 4-8 feet.

How do pilots communicate with the ground?

CPDLC — the controller pilot data link communications — is a form of text messaging that enables us to communicate with ATC without the need for voice communications. When out of VHF coverage, the CPDLC system uses satellites to connect with ATC units on the ground.

What does RCAG mean?


Acronym Definition
RCAG Remote Communications Air to Ground
RCAG Remote Control Air-to-Ground (avionics)
RCAG Reserve Component Advisory Group
RCAG Radio Communication Air-to-Ground

How do you apply radar separation between two primary targets?

Target resolution must be applied as follows:

  1. Between the edges of two primary targets or the edges of primary digitized targets.
  2. Between the end of the beacon control slash and the edge of a primary target or primary digitized target.
  3. Between the ends of two beacon control slashes.

What is an RCO and GCO aviation?

An RCO is for use either on the ground or airborne while a GCO is for use only while the aircraft is on the ground. Outlets are also given different names according to the type of facility they serve. If an outlet serves a FSS, it is called a RCO.

What language do air traffic controllers speak?

Answer: The international language of aviation is English. In most places, the pilots and air traffic controllers have demonstrated the ability to speak and understand English up to a level specified by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

How do ATC communicate with pilot?

The standard method of communication between an air traffic controller and a pilot is voice radio, using either VHF bands for line-of-sight communication or HF bands for long-distance communication (such as that provided by Shanwick Oceanic Control).

What are the three types of separation aviation?

Horizontal separation

  • Lateral separation.
  • Longitudinal separation.
  • In the vicinity of an aerodrome.

What is the easiest method of non radar separation?

Vertical separation is pretty straight forward. It is very easy to apply, and we often prefer vertical separation (even in radar airspace), simply because it is so easy.

When should I call FSS?

If you obtain a standard briefing several hours before the flight or when the weather is questionable, it is a good practice to call an FSS for an abbreviated briefing just before takeoff. The FAA has established a universal toll-free telephone number for FSSs: 1–800–WX–BRIEF (1–800–992–7433).

What is the difference between RCO and GCO?

Is ATC always in English?

Pursuant to requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), ATC operations are conducted either in the English language or the language used by the station on the ground. In practice, the native language for a region is normally used; however, English must be used upon request.