AIRWAVES 2013 - In addition to the usual Air Traffic frequencies changes, ( Tower, Radar, etc ), there has been quite a number of changes to AIRWAVES in the past year, especially to the discrete frequencies. As we go to print in late March, changes have been made to the London Military Initial Contact Frequencies ( ICF ), including new and moved frequencies, which were then amended 2 weeks later. There have also been changes to some Civil and Military European Control Centres including Scottish, Shannon, France, Belgian and Dutch Controls. Once again, there have also been additions and changes to the discrete Frequencies associated with Air to Air, TADS, Air Refuelling, AWACS, etc, and especially to Forward Air Control. There have also been further changes to UK Airfield frequencies within the Strategic Defence Review. The 2012 London Olympics saw the large percentage of UK frequencies moved out of the 380 – 400 MHz UHF airband and in most cases re-allocated elsewhere. However, a number of UK and NATO allocations still remain within this band. AIRWAVES 2013 contains over 2500 VHF / UHF frequencies and over 1600 worldwide HF frequencies.
CALLSIGN 2013 - The Military Database currently stands at almost 2200 Callsigns and a lot of information has been added, confirmed or deleted in the past year. By popular request, we have also made a slight change to the format of CALLSIGN. We have removed the aircraft Tail Codes from the Military Database, as this is only used by about 22% of the database entries, ( e.g. LN = Lakenheath ). This has been replaced by a ‘Last Noted’ field, which gives the reader an indication of how recently a Callsign has been reported. This is still a work in progress but is largely complete. Some air-arms are only occasional visitors to the UK and so for that reason may not be noted for some time. However, as of the 20th March 2013, almost 92% of the Military Callsign Database has been reported in the last 3 years with just over 81% having been reported since January 2011. The on-going overhaul of the Civil Database is now completed. The Database includes most of the Civil Callsigns and 3 letter codes that could be expected to be monitored from within Europe, ( plus a lot of others ). In addition to Airlines we have also added a number of operators that almost exclusively fly Biz-Jets within Europe. The Civil Database currently stands at just over 1600 Civil Callsigns from almost 180 countries worldwide.
Our new books Airwaves 2013 and Callsign 2013 were both published in April. Despite giving our Mail Order customers free Postage and packing since 1994, with large postage increases in the past 6 years and another 8% increase in 2013, we regret that we will have to start charging for Postage and Packing for the first time this year. Further information, including how to pay via PayPal can be found on the ‘Order Books’ page.