P.S. If you are ever given a number to call--throw it away.
Are you not obliged to call ATC if they request it?
Not a pilot so not sure.........
If you receive one for a possible pilot deviation and don't call, you could very well face a violation. If you call and sort it out with them (and it didn't cause a loss of separation) you're usually off the hook. Not calling the number is definitely not a good way to deal with it.
ition to the 7110 (within the last year).
Obviously there is more than one correct answer here, but I will give more information on my side of things. If *I* had been in that situation I most definately would have copied down the phone number, read it back, never called, and filed a NASA ASRS report.
If you call up, and discuss it, any information you give them will be used if they decide to issue a violation. If you don't call and don't give them any information, and they issue you a violation, then you have a good amount of time to come up with an appropriate response with the help of an aviation attorney as well as time to file a NASA safety report before the violation gets filed.
One other reason NOT to call: "..One of the most difficult elements for the FAA to prove on appeal may be the identity of the pilot-in-command of the aircraft at the time of the alleged violation." (Practical Aviation Law -- HAMILTON)
This also includes answering the question "Did you have an engine failure or something?" I would have responded "Request taxi to xxxx", reverted to absolute standard phraseology and said nothing else. They are going to have a difficult time proving that you took longer than necessary to vacate the runway as it is a bit subjective. Exactly how much time is necessary?
Of course Jason has a very valid point, and that is if you call and work things out in a polite manner and apologize, then they most likely won't write you up and it will be a non-issue. The problem is, once they write you up, and you called them and apologized and admitted what you did, the violation is a lot more likely to stick.
So for me at least, it is pretend to copy the number, and then never call--of course, I haven't actually been given a phone number to call yet.
One other thing (offtopic), if ever asked when I broke out of the clouds? I respond "above minimums". Don't want to give a number and then realize too late that I was reading the wrong minimums or something else...