U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
Air Traffic Organization Policy

ORDER
JO 7340.2D
Effective Date:
April 3, 2014
 
     

Subject:  Contractions
       Includes: Change 1 effective 8/22/13, Change 2 effective 12/12/13, and Change 3 effective
       4/3/14
 
 

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R

Definition

Contraction

Usage

radar advisory

RARAD

GEN

radar approach control

RAPCON

GEN

radar ATC facility (USN)

RATCF

GEN

radar beacon

RADON

GEN

radar bomb scoring

RBS

GEN

radar bright display equipment

RBDE

GEN

radar cloud detection report

RCD

NWS

radar cloud detection report no echoes observed

RCDNE

NWS

radar cloud detection report not available

RCDNA

NWS

radar cloud detector inoperative due to breakdown until

RCDNO

NWS

radar cloud detector inoperative due to maintenance until

RCDOM

NWS

radar data (digitized)

RDAT

GEN

radar departure

RADEP

ATC

radar dome wind

RDWND

NWS

radar echo height information not available

RHINO

NWS

radar jamming

RAJAM

ATC

radar microwave link repeater

RMLR

GEN

radar microwave link terminal

RMLT

GEN

radar operating below prescribed standard

ROBEPS

NWS

Radar position indicator

RPI

ICAO

radar position symbol

RPS

ICAO

radar range height indicator not operating on scan

RHINO

NWS

radar range station

RR

GEN

radar responder beacon

RACON

GEN

radar track while scan

TWS

ATC

radar vector

RV

ATC

radar weather report

RAREP

NWS

radar weather report equipment inoperative due to breakdown

PPINO

NWS

radar weather report equipment inoperative due to maintenance

PPIOM

NWS

radar weather report equipment operation resumed

PPIOK

NWS

radar weather report no echoes observed

PPINE

NWS

radar weather report not available (or omitted for a reason different than those otherwise stated)

PPINA

NWS

radial

RDL

ICAO

radio

RDO

ICAO

radio and communication facilities inoperative

RACFI

GEN

radio beacon

RBN

GEN

radio check

RCK

ATC

radio communication failure

RCF

ICAO

radio communications link repeater

RCLR

GEN

radio communications link terminal

RCLT

GEN

radio frequency

RF

GEN

radio frequency interference

RFI

GEN

radio range

RNG

ICAO

radiocommunication failure

RCF

ICAO

radiosonde analysis and verification unit

RAVU

NWS

radiosonde balloon release

RABAR

NWS

radiosonde balloon wind data

RABAL

NWS

radiosonde observation

RAOB

NWS

radiosonde observation data

RADAT

NWS

radiosonde observation freezing levels

RAFRZ

NWS

radiosonde observation icing at

RAICG

NWS

radiosonde observation not filed

RAFI

NWS

radiosonde report already sent in PIBAL collection

RAPI

GEN

radiotelegraph

RTG

GEN

radiotelephone

RTF

GEN

radioteletypewriter

RTT

GEN

radius

RDS

GEN

ragged

RAG

ICAO

ragged

RGD

NWS

rain

RA

METAR

rain and snow or showers of rain and snow

RASN

METAR

rain showers

RASH

ICAO

rain showers

SHRA

METAR

rainfall

RNFL

NWS

ramp check

RMPCK

ATC

range (lights)

RG

ICAO

range and elevation guidance for approach and landing

REGAL

ATC

range height indicator

RHI

GEN

rapid

RPD

NWS

rate of climb

ROC

ICAO

rate of descent

ROD

ICAO

ration by schedule plus compression

RBS PP (RBS++)

ATC

reach

RCH

GEN

reach ­ call sign for U.S. AirForce, Air Mobility Command (USAFAMC)

RCH

MIL

reach cruising altitude

RCA

ICAO

reach cruising altitude

RCALT

ATC

ready for issue

RFI

GEN

ready for take­off

RFTO

ATC

reason

RSN

GEN

receipt

RCPT

GEN

receive

RCV

GEN

receive or receiver

REC

ICAO

receive only

R/O

GEN

receive, only centers

R/OC

GEN

Received (acknowledgement of receipt)

R

ICAO

Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring

RAIM

ATC

Receiver autonomous integrity monitoring

RAIM

ICAO

receiver station

RS

GEN

receiving capability out

RCVNO

GEN

reception fair (radio logs only)

RF

ATC

reception good (radio logs only)

RG

ATC

reception nil (radio logs only)

RN

ATC

reception poor (radio logs only)

RP

ATC

reclearance in flight

RIF

ICAO

recleared

RECLR

ICAO

recommend

RCMD

GEN

reconfiguration

RCON

ATC

reconnaissance

RECON

GEN

record

RCRD

GEN

record observation (weather reports only)

SA

NWS

record special observation (weather reports only)

RS

NWS

redispatch

RDSP

GEN

redispatch accepted

RDSPA

GEN

reduce

RDC

GEN

reduction in force

RIF

GEN

reference

REF

GEN

reference BATCS report

REBAT

GEN

reference conversation

RECON

GEN

reference datum height (ILS)

RDH

ICAO

reference form

REFORM

GEN

reference invoice

REINV

GEN

reference letter

RELET

GEN

reference letter from our office

ROLET

GEN

reference letter from your office

RULET

GEN

reference message

REMES

GEN

reference message from our office

ROMES

GEN

reference message from your office

RUMES

GEN

reference our memorandum

ROMEMO

GEN

reference our telephone conversation

REFONE

GEN

reference our TWX

ROTWX

GEN

reference PBS message

REPBS

GEN

reference PBS message from our office

ROPBS

GEN

reference requisition from our office

RORQN

GEN

reference requisition from your office

RURQN

GEN

reference telegram from our office

ROTEL

GEN

reference telegram from your office

RUTEL

GEN

reference your form

RUFORM

GEN

reference your memorandum

RUMEMO

GEN

reference your TWX

RUTWX

GEN

refuel

RFL

GEN

refuse

RFS

GEN

regard

RE

GEN

regardless of altitude

RALT

ATC

regardless of destination airport

RODA

ATC

region

RGN

GEN

Regional AIS system centre

RASC

ICAO

regional and domestic air route area

RDARA

GEN

regional area forecast center

RAFC

ICAO

Regional Communications Control Center

CCC

GEN

regional office

RO

GEN

regional office notice

RENOT

GEN

regional OPMET bulletin exchange

ROBEX

ICAO

regional supplementary procedures

SUPPS

ICAO

registration

REG

ICAO

regular

RGLR

GEN

regulated output

RO

GEN

regulation

REG

GEN

Rehost Computer System

RCS

ATC

relative

RLTV

GEN

relative bearing

RLBG

GEN

relative humidity

RH

NWS

relay equipment out of operation

RLANO

GEN

relay equipment resumed operation

RLAOK

GEN

relay station

RLSTN

GEN

relay to

RLA

ICAO

release

RLS

GEN

release subject your discretion

SYD

GEN

reliable

RELBL

GEN

relief electronic maintenance technician

REMT

GEN

relieve

RLV

GEN

relocate

RELCT

GEN

remain

RMN

GEN

remain on company frequency

RCF

ATC

remain well to right of course

RWRC

ATC

remainder of same route

RRS

ATC

remaining overnight

RON

GEN

remark

RMK

ICAO

remark

RMRK

GEN

remarks (PIREP only)

RM

ATC

remote air­ground facility

RAGF

GEN

remote communication outlet

RCO

GEN

remote communications air/ground facility

RCAG

GEN

remote receiver

RRCVR

GEN

remote transmitter

RTMTR

GEN

remote transmitter/receiver

RTR

ATC

repair

RPR

GEN

repeat

RPT

GEN

Repeat or I repeat

RPT

ICAO

reperforator

REPERF

GEN

repetitive flight plan

RPL

ICAO

replace

RPLC

GEN

reply by airmail

REPAML

GEN

reply by mail

REPML

GEN

reply by message

REPMES

GEN

reply by TWX

REPTWX

GEN

report

RPRT

GEN

report back on course

RBOC

ATC

report back on frequency

RBOF

ATC

report established in block

REIB

ATC

report immediately upon leaving

RL

ATC

report immediately upon reaching

RR

ATC

report landing completed

RLC

ATC

report leaving

RL

ICAO

report leaving each thousand foot level

RLETFL

ATC

report level

RLVL

GEN

report missing account radio failure

RADNO

NWS

report or reporting point

REP

ICAO

report over

ROV

ATC

report passing

RPSG

ATC

report proceeding on course

RPOC

ATC

report reaching

RR

ICAO

report time crossing

RTX

ATC

report time over

RTO

ATC

report when established on course

REOC

ATC

report when established well to right of course

REWRC

ATC

reported for duty

RPFOD

GEN

reports identification symbol

RIS

GEN

represent or representative

REP

GEN

request

REQ

GEN

request

RQ

GEN

request altitude change

RAC

ATC

request altitude changes en route

RACE

ATC

request clearance

RQCL

ATC

request clearance to depart VFR and leave control zone at

RQDCZ

ATC

request clearance to enter control zone VFR at

RQECZ

ATC

request consideration

REQON

GEN

request flight plan

RQP

ICAO

request further airways

RFA

ATC

request if desired

REQID

GEN

Request in Trail Climb

RITC

ATC

Request in Trail Descent

RITD

ATC

request level change en route

RLCE

ICAO

request level not available

RLNA

ICAO

request no SIDs or STARs

SSNO

ATC

request on file

RQOF

ATC

request permission

RQP

GEN

request present altitude

RPA

ATC

request present position

RQPP

ATC

request reply

RQRP

GEN

request supplementary flight plan

RQS

ICAO

request time and altitude over

RQTAO

ATC

request your recommendation

REQRCM

GEN

requested

REQSTD

GEN

require

RQR

GEN

required navigation performance

RNP

ICAO

requirements

RQMNTS

ICAO

requisition

RQN

GEN

reroute

RERTE

ICAO

reroute

RRTE

ATC

rescue

RSCU

GEN

rescue boat

RB

ICAO

Rescue Coordination Center

RCC

GEN

rescue sub­center

RSC

ICAO

rescue vessel

RV

ICAO

research project

REP

GEN

reservation

RSVN

GEN

reserve

RES

GEN

resident

RES

GEN

responder beacon

RSP

ICAO

response

RESP

GEN

rest of route unchanged

RORU

ATC

restrict

RESTR

NWS

restrict

RSTR

GEN

restricted area (followed by identification)

R

ICAO

resume normal speed

RNLS

ATC

resumed operation

RSOPN

GEN

retained

RTND

GEN

retard

RTRD

GEN

return

RTN

ICAO

return

RTRN

GEN

return to base

RTB

ATC

return to service

RTS

GEN

returned account mechanical

RAM

GEN

returned account weather

RAWX

GEN

returning to ramp

RTR

ATC

reverse course

RC

ATC

reverse course and advise

RCADV

ATC

revise

RVS

GEN

rhumbline track

RLTK

ATC

ridge

RDG

NWS

right (direction of turn)

RITE

ICAO

right (runway identification)

R

ICAO

right base

RB

ATC

right side

RS

ATC

right traffic pattern

RP

ATC

right turn after take­off

RT

ATC

Right­hand circuit

RHC

ICAO

Rio Grande

RIOGD

NWS

rising

RSG

NWS

road reconnaissance

RC

GEN

Rockies (mountains)

RCKY

NWS

rotate

ROT

GEN

rotating

ROTG

GEN

rotation per minute

RPM

GEN

rough

RUF

NWS

round robin

RRBN

ATC

round trip

RT

GEN

route

RTE

GEN

route forecast

ROFOR

ICAO

routine

RTNE

GEN

routine PIREP

UA

ATC

Royal Air Force

RAF

GEN

Royal Australian Air Force

RAAF

GEN

Royal Canadian Navy

RCN

GEN

rules of the air and air traffic services

RAC

ICAO

runway

RWY

ICAO

runway

RY

GEN

runway (used in RVR measurement)

R

METAR

runway alignment indicator

RAI

ICAO

runway alignment indicator lights

RAIL

GEN

runway arresting gear

RAG

ICAO

runway center line

RCL

ICAO

runway center line lights

RCLL

ICAO

runway centerline light system

RCLS

GEN

runway centerline marking

RCLM

GEN

runway condition reading

RCR

GEN

runway control van

VAN

ICAO

runway edge light

REDL

ICAO

runway end identifier lights

REIL

GEN

runway end light

RENL

ICAO

Runway end safety area

RESA

ICAO

runway lead­in lighting system

RLLS

ICAO

runway reference point

RRP

GEN

runway reference point downwind

RRPD

GEN

runway reference point upwind

RRPU

GEN

runway remaining lights

RRL

GEN

runway supervisory unit

RSU

GEN

runway surface condition

RSCD

ICAO

runway threshold light

RTHL

ICAO

runway touchdown zone light

RTZL

ICAO

runway visibility by observer

RVO

GEN

runway visibility value

RVV

GEN

runway visual range

RVR

ICAO

RVR midpoint

RVRM

GEN

RVR midpoint not available

RVRMNO

GEN

RVR not available

RVRNO

GEN

RVR rollout

RVRR

GEN

RVR rollout not available

RVRRNO

GEN

RVR ten minute average

RVRA

GEN

RVR ten minute average not available

RVRANO

GEN

RVR ten minute extremes not available

RVRENO

GEN

RVR touchdown

RVRT

GEN

RVR touchdown not available

RVRTNO

GEN

RVV not available

RVVNO

GEN

 

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