All pilots please be aware and make yourselves familiar with the new listening squawks for Stansted and the introduction of a Southend Listening Squawk. The document can be download from the link below.

Southend Instructions

Thursday 14th September 2017, Southend Air Traffic Control will be introducing a ‘listening’ squawk.  We will be using code 5050 and you should be monitoring Southend Radar on 130.775.  Please note the following:


A listening squawk does NOT

  • allow you to enter controlled airspace
  • mean you are receiving an ATC service

 A listening squawk enables an air traffic controller to alert a pilot if their aircraft looks likely to infringe.

Check which listening squawks and frequencies you will need before you take your next flight.

  • Turn on your transponder and select the listening squawk, using ALT (Mode C) if you have it.
  • Tune in to the frequency without transmitting.
  • Listen out for your callsign or position.

 Air traffic control will know that you are listening out and can call you on the frequency if you are getting too close to controlled airspace.

 Don’t forget to change the transponder code back to 7000 when you leave the area or change frequency.

More information on listening out squawks can be found on the Airspace and Safety Initiative website here.  Please note the additional changes from 14th September that are detailed on the website and the information card has also been re-issued (see attached).


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