Take the following actions, as appropriate, if two-way radio communications are lost with an aircraft:
1. When an IFR aircraft experiences two-way radio communications failure, air traffic control is based on
anticipated pilot actions. Pilot procedures and recommended practices are set forth in the AIM, CFRs, and
pertinent military regulations.
2. Should the pilot of an aircraft equipped with a coded radar beacon transponder experience a loss of two-way
radio capability, the pilot can be expected to adjust the transponder to reply on Mode 3/A Code 7600.
In the event of lost communications with an aircraft under your control jurisdiction use all appropriate means
available to reestablish communications with the aircraft. These may include, but are not limited to, emergency
frequencies, NAVAIDs that are equipped with voice capability, FSS, New York Radio, San Francisco Radio, etc.
1. New York Radio and San Francisco Radio are operated by Collins Aerospace (formerly ARINC, Incorporated)
under contract with the FAA for communications services. These Radio facilities have the capability of
relaying information to/from ATC facilities throughout the country.
2. Aircraft communications addressing and reporting system (ACARS) or selective calling (SELCAL) may be
utilized to reestablish radio communications with suitably equipped aircraft. ACARS can be utilized by
contacting San Francisco Radio at (800)−621−0140 or New York Radio at (800) 645−1095. Provide the aircraft
call sign, approximate location, and contact instructions. In order to utilize the SELCAL system, the SELCAL
code for the subject aircraft must be known. If the SELCAL code is not contained in the remarks section of the
flight plan, contact the pertinent air carrier dispatch office to determine the code. Then contact San
Francisco Radio (for aircraft over the Pacific, U.S. or Mexico) or New York Radio (for aircraft over the
Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, or Caribbean) and provide the aircraft call sign, SELCAL code, approximate location,
and contact instructions.
Broadcast clearances through any available means of communications including the voice feature of NAVAIDs.
1. Some UHF equipped aircraft have VHF navigation equipment and can receive 121.5 MHz.
2. “Any available means” includes the use of FSS and New York Radio or San Francisco Radio.
If radio communications have not been (re) established with the aircraft after 5 minutes, consider the aircraft's
or pilot's activity to be suspicious and report it to the OS/CIC per FAA Order JO 7610.4, Chapter 7, Procedures
for Handling Suspicious Flight Situations and Hijacked Aircraft, and paragraph 2-1-26f, Supervisory Notification,
of this order.