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Air Band question

Posted: 27 Jun 2020, 10:29
by AMX97
I've been hearing loads of military specific chatter on these frequencies does anyone know if they are predominantly used by the military or is it just frequencies that everyone seems to use... i was in and around Birmingham on the days i heard them if that helps.


Re: Air Band question

Posted: 28 Jun 2020, 17:05
by scan125
The 108 to 137 frequencies are allocated to Civil Air Band. Main Military is 200MHz to 400MHz

You have to remember that military aircraft share the same airspace as civil aircraft so will be often under the control of civilian ATC as well as military ATC. You can liken this to military road transports in the UK. They generally have to follow the roadways, signs, and signals etc. like every other road user.

Re: Air Band question

Posted: 16 Aug 2020, 09:55
by pete_uk
There are some military allocations in the VHF airband, but if they are in controlled airspace or around a civilian airfield they will use their frequencies just as everyone else.

Re: Air Band question

Posted: 17 Aug 2020, 08:38
by AMX97
Ah right fair enough the more you learn... i forgot to add this was over leeds so probably talking to tower and so on.

Re: Air Band question

Posted: 25 Aug 2020, 17:47
by Ant
Basically with regards to 'air band', each airfield tower has its own frequency, be it military or civilian. So, a military tower will have its own frequency, as does a civilian tower. Once aircraft are out of the control zone of that airfield, they're passed over to a control zone, which controls all traffic, military and civilian, such as London Control.

These control centres are staffed by both military and civilian controllers, for no other reason than that it's good experience for a military controller to control civilian/shared air space along side the best controllers in the business, civil air controllers.