CTLSi wrote:FlyingForFun wrote:This is common practice. They just want to verify that the plane they think is you is actually you. Your 1200 VFR squawk will light up on their screen.MrMorden wrote:I didn't get a code, but flying into AHN over the weekend on initial call up I was asked to ident.
Squaking IDENT is more than just verifying who someone is, a cluttered ATC screen is just that cluttered. And when they contact you and ask for an IDENT they are really getting you to pop up on their screen and blink so they can locate you.
Isn't that what FlyingForFun was saying? On a display the controller wants to light me up so he can verify that I am the 1200 code he thinks I am among the sea of other 1200s on his screen.
In any event, I'd never had a tower ask me to ident before, but subsequent experiences that day lead me to believe the controller was kind of new at this, so he might have just been making double sure.