Radar Control

Monitor the Tower

Recently, someone asked me, “What should I do when the ground controller says, ‘Monitor the Tower?’” This individual thought it meant, continue to communicate with Ground on one radio and listen to Tower’s frequency on a second radio. This makes sense when you think about how the Aeronautical Information Manual recommends monitoring the guard frequency …

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

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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Radar Contact #8 Interview with an Approach Controller

Who is on the other end of the radio when you talk to Approach Control? You are about to find out. Jack Bowers, a recently retired radar controller from the St. Louis TRACON, talks about what to expect when you check in with Approach. Here’s what to expect: How approach controllers take the handoff of …

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Radar Contact #4 How to Violate an Assigned Altitude

Today’s topics: How to Violate an Assigned Altitude: A Handy Guide for Pilots. The Super Secret Key to Copying Taxi Clearances. Hint: It’s better than “Say again.” You Talking to Me? Question of the Week: I need to enter Class C airspace and ATC says, “Standby.” Should I wait outside, or enter? Answer to Question …

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Ask An Air Traffic Controller: Vectors and Say Again?

In this episode enroute air traffic controller M.T. answers two questions:

  • Can a ATC Center controller vector an airplane to a final approach at an airport that does not have a terminal radar approach control (TRACON).
  • A listener’s question about what to do when a pilot says “Say again,” to an air traffic controller, but still does not understand the clearance.
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