5-2-13. STANDBY OR LOW SENSITIVITY OPERATION

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  • 5-2-13. STANDBY OR LOW SENSITIVITY OPERATION

    You may instruct an aircraft operating on an assigned code to change transponder to “standby” or “low sensitivity” position:

    NOTE: National standards no longer require improved transponder to be equipped with the low sensitivity feature. Therefore, aircraft with late model transponders will be unable to respond to a request to “squawk low.”

    1. When approximately 15 miles from its destination and you no longer desire operation of the transponder.
    2. When necessary to reduce clutter in a multi-target area, or to reduce “ring-around” or other phenomena, provided you instruct the aircraft to return to “normal sensitivity” position as soon as possible thereafter.
      • PHRASEOLOGY
      • SQUAWK STANDBY,
      • or
      • SQUAWK LOW/NORMAL.
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