Aircraft Radio Simulator Progress

Aircraft Radio Simulator control head. Supporting instrument panel and associated instruments still in development.

Quite a number of you have signed up for notification of the release of the Aircraft Radio Simulator. With so much interest, I thought I would take a moment to give you an update on the Aircraft Radio Simulator’s development.

Here’s Where We Are

I have completed the automation of the simulator’s primary radio control head. The control head will allow you to set new radio frequencies as they are assigned by the simulated air traffic controller. Setting in a new frequency will trigger a new communication scenario.

When you change frequencies in the simulator, you should hear a new air traffic controller voice and new radio traffic from other simulated pilots. You will be presented with a new advisory or clearance that will challenge you to respond and communicate properly. By the way, setting an incorrect or unassigned frequency into the control head will produce the type of response you would normally get in the real world.

Frequency Error

For example, let’s say an enroute controller tells you to switch to the next sector controller on a frequency of 125.35 and you accidentally set 125.45 in the radio control head. You might hear a response like this: “Cessna 1234 Lima, Boston Center. You’re on this frequency in error. Return to your last assigned frequency.” Or, the controller may ask you for a position report to try and determine what frequency you should be on.

I’ll Keep You Posted

There’s still quite of bit of work to do. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, thank you for signing up and asking about progress on the simulator. Thank you also for all your suggestions and feedback. The conversation has been great.

If you haven’t signed up yet. Please do so and get in on the conversation. The people who have signed up are actually helping me create this simulator to meet their needs. You can too!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

ricardo wilson November 21, 2010 at 6:33 am

Hi i am looking for training tools for my students to teach them to talk on the radio.


JeffKanarish November 21, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Hey Ricardo:

Thanks for getting in touch. I’m working hard on the development of the aircraft radio simulator. I want to be sure it works well before I make it available. This should be exactly what you are looking for.


Mark January 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Do you have an idea when this software will be ready


JeffKanarish January 25, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Hi Mark,

Thank you for asking. I’m planning a staged release within a couple of weeks. The first stage will be an ATC route clearance module. From there, we’ll move on to VFR traffic pattern work. Then VFR enroute work. Then IFR work. The initial version will not have voice recognition because the programming challenges are greater than I originally anticipated. However, the first stages will be challenging, real-time, and real-life. What stage of flight training are you in?


Jason Marquette February 6, 2011 at 4:58 am

I have my PPL, but haven’t flown for years. I was thinking about getting back into it and this would be perfect for me. This to me is the most confusing and intimidating portion of flying. Especially since you are doing other things at the same time. I can’t tell you how needed this is and can’t believe something else hasn’t been out there yet. Keep up the work on it, I think you will have a LOT of interested people.



JeffKanarish February 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Hey Jason:

Thanks for your encouraging words. I know how intimidating talking to ATC can be when you are first learning to fly. They know the system and the language, and we don’t. I remember my early days trying to learn the system. It was hard, but I eventually got the hang of it.

If you have any questions about getting back into flying, let me know.




krishneel August 11, 2012 at 2:13 am

Hi JeffKanarish
I’m krish from New Zealand. I just reached my first cross country lessons so its finally time to deal with control towers.
on my dual flight i had difficulty doing repeat back of clearances even though i understood what they were saying i would not be fast enough or precise enough with my read backs. is there anyway of learning to remember clearances better?
P.S i have tried short hand but still same problem of not being fast enough to take in all the information.



JeffKanarish August 11, 2012 at 12:44 pm


I’m having a little bit of trouble understanding what you need. On the one hand, you said you understood what tower said. On the other hand, you said you had trouble understanding what tower said. I’m also not clear on whether your concern comes from the tower controller talking too fast or if you believe you cannot respond fast enough.

I’ll send an email directly to you and see if we can clear this up. I do have solutions, but I need to be clear on the problem before I can offer help.

Talk soon,



Tsering Lodoe April 13, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Hello, Jeff , I am a tibetan and I am planning to pursue a career in aviation, ofcourse to become a pilot. I have studied few books by FAA. But this seems not enough as it requires lots of experience to become a qualified pilot. What must I do ahead now apart from just few books of aviation that I studied, though not thoroughly. Tsering.


JeffKanarish April 14, 2013 at 2:32 am


Thank you for the question. I’m glad to help. I sent an answer to you by email. Check your Yahoo email inbox.



Okyere Obed December 28, 2015 at 2:48 pm

wow..awesome..please me update. can’t wait to get the radio SIM..


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