The final draft of Radio Mastery for IFR Pilots is at the publisher now. I’m awaiting the completion of a proof copy of the book. After I sign off on the proof copy, hopefully within a week, the new book will go sale at

The first version of the book will be a paperback. A Kindle version of the book should be completed and available within a month after the print version goes on sale.

About the same time the book hits the market, I’ll have a brand new website up and running called The new website will be, as the name implies, all about IFR radio communication.

Of course, I will continue support VFR-only pilots at Look for new articles and audio shows on VFR communication, even as the IFR side of the house develops and grows.

The reviews of aviation headsets that I promised in my last article? Those are still in the works. As you can see, there is a lot going on around here. Bear with me as the marathon continues.



Are you looking for an excellent headset but don’t want to spend too much? Have you been using a headset that you absolutely hate or that you highly recommend? We are about to add a section to for pilots to review and rate their own headsets. Ratings will cover fit and comfort, audio clarity, noise cancellation/exclusion, durability, and value.

More about ADS-B

Did you know if you have ADS-B in, you may not get the full picture of traffic you think you are getting? I’ll show you why ATC’s flight following service is still a vital part of traffic avoidance.

How to Monitor Tower

What does it mean when ATC says, “Monitor Tower on 119.3”? That question will be asked and answered in the next edition of Radar Contact.


NextGen Air Traffic Control and You

June 23, 2015

In this month’s edition of the Radar Contact Show we are going to look at how the FAA’s NextGen version of air traffic control will affect you. We’ll also look at what it means to be off your assigned altitude and what to do if ATC calls you out for being off altitude. I’ll tell you the real […]

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You Are Off Your Assigned Altitude

June 17, 2015
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Quick question. ATC has told you to maintain 3,000 feet. If you allowed your aircraft to drift above 3,000, at what indication on your altimeter would ATC consider you to be off your assigned altitude? I’ll have the answer to that question in the next Radar Contact Show. We’ll also discuss how the FAA’s NextGen version of ATC will affect […]

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Radio Communication Integrity

June 6, 2015

Thought I’d check in with you and catch up. I’ve been out of contact for a while. A long run of flying and then a short run of the flu has put me on the sidelines. This timeout has given me time to think . . . maybe more than I should. How Do You […]

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Caution Wake Turbulence for the Departing Boeing 757

May 1, 2015

“Cessna 9130D, caution wake turbulence for the departing Boeing 757, Runway 25, cleared for takeoff.” Gulp! Never fear, ATC is here to protect you against the hazards of wake turbulence. No kidding. ATC uses very specific rules to help you remain clear of wake turbulence. We’ll look at those rules and how to work within […]

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Thank You for Your Support

April 19, 2015

The call for volunteers to help edit my next book, Radio Mastery for IFR Pilots, is now over. In the next few days I will contact the pilots and air traffic controllers selected for the editing team. Thank you to all who volunteered to help. All the best, Jeff

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Working with ATC Around Storms

March 29, 2015

Here is a very good article about working with ATC around thunderstorms. It’s written by an air traffic controller. The controller says this article is for laymen but I learned new details about ATC’s NEXRAD radar from this article. Enjoy!

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Shaky Emergencies and Cranky Air Traffic Controllers

March 11, 2015

Hey Air Traffic Control, I think I might have a big problem but I’m not declaring an emergency. Standby for further information. In today’s show we are going to discuss aircraft problems that fall into gray areas. We’ll discuss how to break through the fog of indecision and determine whether you need to declare an […]

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Aircraft Position Reports

February 2, 2015

Reporting your position on the radio, while in an uncontrolled airport pattern, is a little bit like playing a game of Marco Polo. Other pilots in the pattern rely on your timely and accurate reports to help maintain awareness of your position. Miss a required report or state your position incorrectly and you’ve instantly become […]

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