Thank You for Your Support

by JeffKanarish on 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,


Working with ATC Around Storms

by JeffKanarish on 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!


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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What it Takes to Be an Airline Pilot

January 22, 2015

Here’s a brief timeout from our discussion on ATC communication to look at what it takes to be an airline pilot. I have had many student pilots write to me asking about what it takes to be an airline pilot. I think the following article at tells the story best. Pay attention to the […]

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How to Work with ATC Around Class B and Other Closed Airspace

December 13, 2014

If you are a pilot who hates to work with ATC because you feel doing so would restrict your flying freedom, I’ve got surprising news for you. Working with ATC can actually lighten your load and help you enjoy your flight. This is especially true when you have to fly around Class B and other airspace closed to VFR aircraft. […]

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Consequences of Declaring an Emergency with ATC

November 26, 2014

My airplane has a problem. A big problem. I think I can handle it. No, I’m sure I can handle it. Maybe I can handle it. Can I handle it? I’m not sure.I had better declare an emergency with ATC and get some help. But what if this turns out to be nothing? What if I […]

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Use ATC to Save Your Life

September 21, 2014

Daher-Socata TBM-850. Source: fr.wikipedia.orgEarlier this month, a single-engine turboprop aircraft crashed into the ocean near Jamaica. Early indications are the airplane’s cabin pressurization system failed and the pilot lost consciousness due to hypoxia. The plane continued flying on autopilot until fuel ran out and the engine quit. Could ATC have helped prevent this accident? The […]

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Aircraft Radio Discipline Before You (Think You) Need It

September 4, 2014

We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Hey, we’re already there! If you are just starting your career or avocation as a pilot, you are probably thinking about the basics of radio communication. Specifically, you would be happy to fire off a radio transmission without getting tongue-tied: Town and Country Tower, Cessna 9130 […]

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Pop Quiz: All About Landing Clearance

August 2, 2014

If you have never visited before, trust me, this article is about ATC radio communication. The following is a silly introduction. We’ll get serious about ATC comm right after the intro. Saturday Night Live skit. Billy Crystal as Willie. Christopher Guest as Frankie. Willie: You know, the other day, I took one o’ them, […]

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