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Compulsory Reporting Points

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I know how the compulsory reporting points and non-compulsory reporting points are depicted on the enroute chart.

However, what criteria does the FAA use to designate a navaid as a compulsory reporting point? What about a non -reporting point?

Example: A victor airway has 4 VOR navaids. Of the 4 navaids, only 2 of the navaids are designated as reporting points. Why not simply make all 4 of the VORs along this route reporting points?


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  1. John D Collins on Feb 27, 2014

    Compulsory reporting points only come into play when radar coverage is not available. For most of the US NAS, this only occurs during outages. I can’t remember any time in the last 20 plus years that I have given a position report based on a compulsory reporting point. I would have to stretch my brain cells to remember the proper format for the report. That being said, I suspect that each center has a hand in designating which ones are needed as they are the ones that have to use them to control traffic in non radar environments.

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  2. Sam Dawson on Feb 27, 2014

    There are places in the Southwest where you will not only be out of radar contact but you will also lose communication along victor airways at MEA. V-280 between El Paso and Roswell is a good example. Initially one will be told that radar contact is lost, then be told that communication is lost and to contact ATC at a checkpoint along the route.

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  3. Sam Dawson on Feb 27, 2014

    …. Heck, there are places out there where you can legally be IFR above 10,000′ in class G airspace.

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  4. Brent on Feb 27, 2014

    Sam, just for my curiosity, how does one get “told” that communication is lost?

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  5. Sam Dawson on Feb 27, 2014

    You are told by ABQ center that they will lose comms with you in a few miles and to contact center on a different frequency down the road at an intersection- if I remember it was a span of about 40-50 miles. Once you reestablished comms with center it was several more miles before they got radar contact. This was as recent as 4 years ago.

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  6. Clark Hall on Mar 01, 2014

    Last week between VEL and SGU SLC center told me they may loose radio and radar contact if so contact SCL Center on 125.5 in 50 miles.

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