Responding to pilot's initial or subsequent call:
€œJet Commander One Two Three Four Papa."
€œBonanza One Two Three Four Tango.€
€œSikorsky Six Three Eight Mike Foxtrot.€"
None of the examples show the controller dropping of the prefix. If pilots start dropping the prefix you could have a situation where "delta 123" "November/Cessna 123" and/or "reach 123" all calling themselves "123".
Those three examples with aircraft types, omitted the "November".
All I was saying is the trend is toward using "November" more than aircraft type these days.
I prefer being called "Cessna", it allows me to filter out any other prefix when listening for a call.
And actually, I use "Skylane" since it conveys aircraft type directly with less words on initial call up. So I like that one too.
If I don't hear "Cessna" or "Skylane", I can ignore the entire rest of the transmission if I'm busy. Single pilot IFR in IMC is busy. I don't have another person sitting next to me handling radio calls, I'm busy keeping the shiny side up and the brain is "scanning" for my calls in time slices.
A controller calling everyone non-air-carrier without a distinctive company callsign, "November" requires that I listen further into all those transmissions. Harder to catch when busy.
The "prefix" to me is the leading digits, that get dropped. My aircraft tail number is N1279M.
This leaves the controller with the following options:
"November One Two Seven Niner Mike"
"Cessna One Two Seven Niner Mike"
"Skylane One Two Seven Niner Mike"
And... The shortened versions...
"Cessna Seven Niner Mike"
"Skylane Seven Niner Mike"
"November Seven Niner Mike"
It's that last one I really don't like. It's not correct because the N doesn't belong there in my full tail number, and my brain tries to skip it when doing other tasks.
I'm seeing it more often these days. Don't know the reason, other than its easier for the controller to not look at the aircraft type in the flight strip data.
If the controller is using types, I listen for "Cessna", or "Skylane". Anything else can be listened to on a workload permitting basis.
If they're using "November" I have to add both "November One" and "November Seven" to my brain's scanner channel to fire an interrupt to see if the tail number matches.