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Radar Contact 32: Finding Your Way to Talk to ATC

Round dial versus glass. Boeing 767-300 (top) and Boeing 767-400 (bottom). Learning to talk to air traffic control on the radios can be tough. Learning to talk to ATC on the radios while learning to fly a new airplane is even harder. Learning to talk to ATC, while learning to fly a new airplane, in …

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Radar Contact Audio Show: Basics of ATC Radio

Enroute center postage stamp box. Lately, we’ve been covering more advanced topics in radio work with ATC. In this show we are back to aircraft radio basics. Why? Recent experience tells me some pilots don’t have the fundamentals nailed down. It’s time to haul out the hammer and smack some basic nails into the base …

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What is Flight Following and Should You Use It?

Flight following, also known as Basic Radar Service for VFR Aircraft, gives you: Safety alerts. Traffic advisories. Limited radar vectoring when requested by the pilot. Sequencing at locations where procedures have been established for this purpose and/or when covered by a LOA. That’s from the FAA’s JO 7110.65S (Change 1,) the regulation covering air traffic …

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