Radio Mastery for VFR Pilots Workbook


A complete course in radio procedures and techniques for vfr flight.

    • Read It: Read the scenario.
      “You are 10 miles northwest of the Charlottesville Airport on Tower’s frequency. Before you switched to Tower’s frequency you listened to the ATIS and noted the latest airport information was “Echo.” Write the radio call you would make to Charlottesville Tower, notifying the controller you are on your way in for touch-and-goes at the airport. (Your call sign is Cirrus 715FD.)”

    • Visualize It: Imagine the situation.
      What would the view look like through the airplane’s windscreen? What would the engine sound like? What would you see on your instrument panel?

    • Write It: Answer the question.
      “Charlottesville Tower, Cirrus 715FD is 10 miles northwest of the airport, inbound for touch-and-goes, with information Echo.”

    • Speak It: Say the radio transmission out loud.

    • Got It! That radio call is embedded in your memory.
    • It’s ready to use the next time you need it in your airplane.

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    The Radio Mastery for VFR Pilots Workbook covers:

      • Basic radio vocabulary.
      • Radio procedures and techniques at uncontrolled airports.
      • Building situational awareness by listening to position reports in an airport pattern.
      • VFR Flight Following with an Air Route Traffic Control Center.
      • Radio coordination with a Flight Service Station.
      • Ground operations at tower controlled airports.
      • Traffic pattern radio calls at tower controlled airports.
      • Departures, arrivals, and transitions through Class D Airspace.
      • Radio procedures and techniques for arrivals and departures in Class C Airspace
      • Handling the radio during an emergency.
      • Flying into and out of Class B airspace, including VFR transition routes.
      • Radio work in Terminal Radar Service Areas.
      • Plus: “Think Like a Controller”. Practicing radio transmissions as a air traffic controller in various ATC positions. Helps you understand radio work from ATC’s perspective. Really drills home the how and the why of various radio transmissions required of pilots.


      The Radio Mastery for VFR Pilots Workbook complements Jeff’s original book:
      Radio Mastery for VFR Pilots.

      Use the two books together to build your radio skills or use the workbook as a complete, stand-alone course in VFR radio procedures and techniques.

      Read an expanded excerpt: Radio Mastery for VFR Pilots Workbook (.pdf, 3.3Mb.)

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2 thoughts on “Radio Mastery for VFR Pilots Workbook”

  1. I need to learn how to use Ctaf radio for my ultralight. I fly out of a non-tower airport without a pilots license. (part 103) It gets busy on weekends between the GA , gliders, parachute jumpers and us other air nuts. I need a to get a radio and a FCC license. Others use the term “ultralight” followed by their FCC license # as their call sign. Please advise. Thanks

    1. Hello Erick. That’s a gray area because the Aeronautical Information Manual says, for call signs, use your aircraft’s make, model, or type plus the aircraft’s registration number. Using “Ultralight” in a call sign complies with the requirement because it is an aircraft type. Some may argue that using your aircraft’s specific model–MX Sport, Hawk, etc–in your call sign would be helpful, but I doubt most pilots flying non-ultralight aircraft could identify an ultralight by its model name.

      Absent an aircraft registration number, the FCC license # sounds like a good alternative. The intent of the AIM’s guidance is, your call sign should be readily distinguishable from all other call signs. This approach is a good fit.



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