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Chapter 3

Categories of Messages

INTRODUCTION
The Aeronautical Mobile Service handles messages in the following order of priority.

Message Category and Order of Priority Radiotelephony Signal
1. Distress calls, distress message and distress MAYDAY
traffic

2. Urgency messages, including messages PAN PAN or
preceded by the medical transports signal PAN PAN MEDICAL
3. Communications relating to direction finding
4. Flight safety messages
5. Meteorological messages
6. Flight regularity messages

DISTRESS CALLS, DISTRESS MESSAGES,
AND DISTRESS TRAFFIC
See the Distress and Urgency procedures – Chapter 11.

URGENCY MESSAGES, INCLUDING MESSAGES
PRECEDED BY THE MEDICAL TRANSPORT SIGNAL
See the Distress and Urgency procedures – Chapter 11.

COMMUNICATIONS RELATING TO DIRECTION FINDING
Aircraft normally make the request for a bearing, heading, or position from aeronautical station.
This is achieved by using the appropriate Q code (see definition).

QDM Aircraft´s magnetic heading to steer in zero wind to reach the station
QDR Aircraft´s magnetic bearing from the station
QTE Aircraft´s true bearing from the station
QUJ Aircraft´s true track to the station

FLIGHT REGULARITY MESSAGES These comprise of:  Messages regarding the operation or maintenance of facilities essential for the safety or regularity of aircraft operation  Messages concerning the servicing of aircraft  Instructions to aircraft operating agency representatives concerning changes in requirements for passengers and crew caused by unavoidable deviations from normal operating schedules. other than the above case.  Messages concerning non-routine landings to be made by the aircraft  Messages concerning aircraft parts and materials urgently required  Messages concerning changes in aircraft operating schedules ATSUs will only handle flight regularity messages provided that:  There is no interference to their primary role. and  No other frequency is available for the handling of these messages . of immediate concern to an aircraft in flight  Meteorological advice of immediate concern to an aircraft in flight or about to depart (individually communicated or for broadcast)  Other messages concerning aircraft in flight or about to depart METEOROLOGICAL MESSAGES Meteorological messages are comprised of meteorological information to or from aircraft. Note: Individual requirements of passengers or crew are not admissible in this type of message.FLIGHT SAFETY MESSAGES The following are classed as flight safety messages:  Movement and control messages (clearances and position reports)  Messages originated by an aircraft operating agency or by an aircraft.