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Aviation Radio Communication: An Echo from the Cockpit

Aviation Communication

Following up on our previous two posts on the 5 Ws, as well as our initial look at the phonetic alphabet, we’ll use this post to put everything into practice. Besides being able to formulate your transmissions, you’ll also learn the basics of responding to air traffic control (ATC) calls. As you’ll soon discover, answering […]

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Aviation Radio Communication: Another Round of Whiskey

Aviation Communication

Don’t get your hopes up – I’m not buying shots of Jack for everybody. Instead, the whiskey I refer to is of the phonetic variety; specifically, the five Ws. For review, let’s look at the list once again. Who you’re talking to. Who you are. Where you are. What you want. With                            . Last […]

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Creating Time, Being Cool, and Turning Problems into Opportunities with a General Aviation Airplane

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There are times when being a general aviation (GA) pilot is about the coolest thing possible. Many a time I’ve become the talk of the town or instantly been perceived as cool by a new acquaintance simply because of the FAA credentials in my pocket. Occasionally, my pilot certificate has landed me invitations to gatherings and events […]

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Aviation Radio Communication: Dubya, Times Five

Aviation Communication

If you read the previous post on aviation radio communications, you now have a general understanding of how pilots turn letters and numbers into aeronautical language. With this post, we’ll explore the basics of putting such phraseology into routine radio transmissions. The pattern we use is fairly straightforward, which is a blessing on so many […]

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Aviation Radio Communication: A Very Good Place to Start

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  Whether you’ve yet to begin flight training or you’re a seasoned aviator, you might have heard (or can remember) that learning aviation radio procedures is one of the most challenging aspects of learning to fly. Ask a few pilots who’ve been through the motions and you’re likely to hear adjectives like intimidating, uncomfortable, and […]

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Dealing with Density Altitude: Standards for Flight in a Non-Standard Atmosphere

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Those of you who are new to aviation might have heard the term density altitude thrown around by your flight instructor. While I have every confidence in your understanding of altitude, density altitude deserves a bit more attention for us to accurately plan for our airplanes’ performance capabilities. In this post, we’ll spend a little […]

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Memories of Meigs Field: My Visit to a General Aviation Treasure

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Throughout my time as a pilot, 2001 stands out as a truly memorable year. During the spring, I earned my CFI certificate and quickly became busy giving flight instruction. In the fall, I began my final year of college with the promise of an airline internship in the works for the following spring. In short, […]

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Night Flight Refresher: A Look at some Commonly Misunderstood Requirements

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Most general aviation (GA) pilots with at least a private pilot certificate probably think night flight requirements are no big deal. Flip on the nav lights, make three stop-n-gos, and you’re good to go for the next 90 days, right? On the surface, night currency requirements are fairly cut and dry. However, the FAA’s official […]

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