About : International Radio Alphabets

Plane Spotters India | About: International Radio Alphabets


The NATO phonetic alphabet, more accurately known as the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet and also called the ICAO phonetic or ICAO spelling alphabet, as well as the ITU phonetic alphabet, is the most widely used spelling alphabet


Though often called "phonetic alphabets", spelling alphabets do not have any association with phonetic transcription systems like the International Phonetic Alphabet

Instead, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) alphabet assigned code words to digits and acrophonically to the letters of the ISO basic Latin alphabet (Alfa for A, Bravo for B, etc.) so that critical combinations of letters and numbers can be pronounced and understood by those who transmit and receive voice messages by radio or telephone regardless of their native language, especially when navigation or persons might be endangered due to transmission static.

This Radio Alphabets are Regularly used by Pilots / Air traffic Controllers as well as Ground Service 

International adoption : Developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 1956 it was then adopted by many other organizations worldwide, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) .




Here is a  International Radio Alphabets

A lpha 
B ravo 
C harlie 
D elta 
E cho 
F oxtrot 
G olf 
H otel 
I ndia 
J uliet 
K ilo 
L ima 
M ike 
N ovember 
O scar 
P apa 
Q uebec 
R omeo 
S ierra 
T ango 
U niform 
V ictor 
W hisky 
X ray 
Y ankee 
Z ulu 


And the digits:

0 - zero
1 - one
2 - two
3 - tree
4 - fower
5 - fife
6 - six
7 - seven
8 - eight
9 - niner




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