Phraseology

Learning Radio Phrasing By Experience is Highly Risky

Experience means jack if you aren’t open to learning something new from your experiences. Fair warning, learning by experience without distinguishing good from bad can lead you to very dark and dangerous places. Nowhere is this more true than in an aircraft cockpit. Let me explain. I’ve been flying fixed wing airplanes since I was …

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Experience on the Radio Can Be the Worst Teacher

Experience means jack if you aren’t open to learning something new from your experiences. Fair warning, learning by experience without distinguishing good from bad can lead you to very dark and dangerous places. Nowhere is this more true than in an aircraft cockpit. Let me explain. I’ve been flying fixed wing airplanes since I was …

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Radar Contact: Cancel Takeoff Clearance

There is so much information packed into this week’s edition of Radar Contact, I don’t know where to begin. We’ll be talking about radio calls from ATC that confuse even experienced pilots. I’ll cover those with you so you will know exactly what to do should ATC ever give you one of these clearances. There …

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The Order of an ATC Clearance

Today, let’s say you’re flying along in flight and you have requested vectors to land at Podunk International Airport. Doesn’t matter whether you are flying instrument flight rules (IFR), or visual flight rules (VFR). You asked ATC to steer you towards the airport and that’s what the controller is doing. The controller says: “Whizbang Seven …

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