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Airline Alphabet Code

Airline Alphabet Code

In aviation, there is a different way of learning English letters. The Airline Alphabet Code [ ICAO Alphabet – Radiotelephony] is used by Pilots, Flight Dispatcher, flight crew controllers, Air Traffic Controllers, and Customer Service Agents within the Airlines.

The reason of using Airline Alphabet is to avoid pilots and controllers mishearing each other and potentially creating an accident. in March 1956 the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted a standard phonetic alphabet for aviation use to help avoid confusion with similar sounding consonants and numbers.

In this article, you will understand aviation alphabet (since a B, P, T, and V sound hauntingly similar when spoken).

 

Pilot Alphabet

1- Transmission of words in radiotelephony

Pilots must be in compliance with word spelling in radiotelephony. When proper names, service abbreviations and words of which the spelling is doubtful are spelled out in radiotelephony the aviation alphabet is use.

For example, if the pilot read the record locator “ABCDEF,” it will be transmitted as, “Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo and Foxtrot.” if the pilot read the record locator is “SBRZH”, it will be transmitted as it’s “Sierra, Bravo, ROMEO, Zulu and Hotel.”

 

2- Transmission of numbers in radiotelephony

For example, if the pilot read the records of wind direction and speed " 200 degrees 70 knots", it will be transmitted as, “ wind “two” “zero” “zero” degrees “seven” “zero” knots

In this context of use, Pilot Alphabet is called flight Alphabet.


Airline Alphabet

If you are not an airline employee, and you want to confirm your booking status. Let us Imagine that the airline's customer services ask you to spell out your booking code “ bv59d” or even your name “ maged ”. It is difficult for both of you to transmitting the correct words and numbers. But when both of you understand the airline alphabet code, it is easy, you will say my booking code is “ Bravo” “ Victor” “ Five” “ NIN-ER” “ Delta”,  and spell you name the same way.

 

THE AVIATION PHONETIC ALPHABET

Letter

Word

International

Phonetic Convention

Latin Alphabet

Representation

A

Alfa

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

AL FAH

B

Bravo

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

BRAH VOH

C

Charlie

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

CHAR LEE or

SHAR LEE

D

Delta

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

DELL TAH

E

Echo

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

ECK OH

F

Foxtrot

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

FOKS TROT

G

Golf

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

GOLF

H

Hotel

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

HO TELL

I

India

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

IN DEE AH

J

Juliett

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

JEW LEE ETT

K

Kilo

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

KEY LOH

L

Lima

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

LEE MAH

M

Mike

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

MIKE

N

November

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

NO VEM BER

O

Oscar

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

OSS CAH

P

Papa

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

PAH PAH

Q

Quebec

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

KEH BECK

R

Romeo

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

ROW ME OH

S

Sierra

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

SEE AIR RAH

T

Tango

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

TANG GO

U

Uniform

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

YOU NEE FORM or

OO NEE FORM

V

Victor

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

VIK TAH

W

Whiskey

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

WISS KEY

X

X-ray

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

ECKS RAY

Y

Yankee

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

YANG KEY

Z

Zulu

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

ZOO LOO


Pronouncing numbers similar to regular English, with a few exceptions:

The number three (3) is pronounced “tree.”

The number five (5) is pronounced “fife.”

The number nine (9) is pronounced “niner.”

Downloads Airline Alphabet code pdf



Number

Word

International

Phonetic Convention

Latin Alphabet

Representation

1

One

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

(WUN)

2

Two

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

(TOO)

3

Three

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

(TREE)

4

Four

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

(FOW-ER)

5

Five

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

(FIFE)

6

Six

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

(SIX)

7

Seven

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

(SEV-EN)

8

Eight

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

(ATT)

9

Nine

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

(NIN-ER)

0

Zero

Refer to Annex 10, Volume II

(ZEE-RO)

 







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