PIREP: Birds 3/4 of a mile off the departure end at 700 feet.

It turns out, in some situations, the most important part of your aircraft radio is not the microphone connection. It’s the speaker connection. You’ll see what I mean at the top of the show.

You can be a life-saving hero with one simple radio call. Find out, how to keep other pilots from blindly running into trouble.

That’s all coming right up after a ridiculous but true story about how one pilot got himself in trouble with ATC by being friendly on the radio.


Show Notes:

  1. Somedays, it just doesn’t pay to be upbeat. Especially when you say one thing to ATC and ATC hears something else entirely.
  2. Simultaneous operations on intersecting runways is a high-threat environment. You can save your own hide by listening to the radios carefully.
  3. Build a mental picture of the traffic situation around an airport by listening to radio traffic between ATC and other aircraft.
  4. A PIREP may just save another pilots life.
  5. A PIREP is a short and simple radio call that warns other of potential hazards.
  6. Only make a PIREP after you are well-removed from any danger and your aircraft is stabilized in normal flight.

Question of the Week

You are inbound for landing in your Cessna 172. When you tuned in the ATIS frequency, you heard, “Simultaneous operations on intersecting runways are in effect.” Tower has told you to enter a 2-mile left base leg for Runway 36. The intersecting runway, Runway 9, crosses your runway at exactly it’s halfway point.

You report entering a 2-mile left base and tower clears you to land, adding “Traffic is a Learjet 35 on a 3-mile final for Runway 36.” You don’t see the Learjet. At this point, should you request a right 360, request a re-entry for downwind, or continue your approach for your full stop landing?

When you think you know the answer click here: Answers to Questions Asked in Radar Contact

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