IFR Flight Radio

Flying an Approach Into an Uncontrolled Pattern

You are flying an ILS approach into an uncontrolled pattern. The weather in the pattern permits VFR. There are other pilots buzzing around the airport. As you change from ATC’s frequency to the airport’s common traffic advisory frequency, what are you thinking about? Completing that ILS? Sure. If you are like me, you are thinking …

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Coming Up in the Next IFR Flight Radio

In your next edition of the IFR Flight Radio Show we’ll talk about picking up an IFR clearance while airborne. Also, what ATC means by “climb unrestricted”. And, all about clearances for a cruise descent. Plus a new question to ponder. In the meantime, here’s a good read. My friend and highly experienced pilot, Sarah …

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Cannot Comply with an ATC Clearance: Unable

When you cannot comply with an ATC clearance, the magic word to use is “unable”. Simply saying “unable”, and nothing else, might not get you completely off the hook with ATC. I’ll explain why, and what to do about in this month’s edition of IFR Flight Radio. Show Resources From the Aeronautical Information Manual’s Pilot/Controller …

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Enroute ATC: How to Request Direct to a Point

Cutting a corner by requesting direct to a point further along your route of flight could save time and fuel. An enroute air traffic controller will try to honor your request if circumstances permit. First and foremost it pays to know how to make a request direct to a point. We’ll discuss all the particulars …

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Enroute ATC: Traffic and Radar Handoffs

If your IFR training was like mine, you spent a lot of time taking radar vectors to instrument approaches using approach control service. Less time was spent working with enroute center controllers. Communicating with an enroute controller at an air route traffic control center (ARTCC) is its own special skill. In today’s show, we’ll look …

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