Example Communications
UNICOM

When operating general aviation aircraft away from controlled airspace, all aircraft use a shared "Unicom" channel - frequency 122.80 in VATSIM and IVAO - although in the real world it varies from location to location and is stated on flight charts. In the VirtualFlight.Online Discord server, this is the #unicom voice channel.

When transmitting on "Unicom", pilots announce their intentions for the benefit of nearby traffic - which provides a great excuse to practice radio telephony phraseology. In turn, you can listen to the intentions of nearby traffic, and react appropriately. General conversation should not be transmitted on a unicom channel.

Departure

  • Pilot: Booker traffic, Cessna G-ABCD engine start from parking 12, facing east

  • Pilot: Booker traffic, Cessna G-ABCD line up and take-off runway 24

  • Pilot: Booker traffic, Cessna G-ABCD airborne, climbing 1,500ft, departing to the west

Approach

  • Pilot: Booker traffic, Cessna G-ABCD inbound from the south west, heading 060, descending 1,500ft, entering left traffic runway 24 for full stop

  • Pilot: Booker traffic, Cessna G-ABCD entering downwind, runway 24

  • Pilot: Booker traffic, Cessna G-ABCD final approach, runway 24

  • Pilot: Booker traffic, Cessna G-ABCD clear of runway 24

  • Pilot: Booker traffic, Cessna G-ABCD taxi to parking

Touch and Go

  • Pilot: Booker traffic, Cessna G-ABCD inbound from the south west, heading 060, descending 1,500ft, entering left traffic runway 25 for touch-and-go

  • Pilot: Booker traffic, Cessna G-ABCD entering downwind, runway 24

  • Pilot: Booker traffic, Cessna G-ABCD final approach, runway 24

  • Pilot: Booker traffic, Cessna G-ABCD airborne, climbing 1,500ft, departing to the south west / entering left traffic for runway 24