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Response to Lost_Count (Original post)

Thu Mar 13, 2014, 12:24 PM

4. It's easier to hide from radar if my transpoder is off

OK, legitimate answers:

ANY piece of electrical equipment can malfunction and being able to turn it off can be a matter of safety (smoke in the cockpit ain't real cool - been there and done that).

Sometimes for who knows why, a transponder will hang up and either quit responding or else send out a continuous signal (which will mess with ATC's radar display), in which case ATC will ask you to recycle your transponder (turn it off then back on).

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