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Aviation Communication

ATC CommunicationsAlthough a portion of the terminology covered in our previous three posts (see Magic Words – Parts 1-3) dealt with phraseology specific to the airport environment, today’s installment covers parlance exclusive to the aerodrome; namely the traffic pattern. Let’s face it, landings will be one of the most difficult challenges most student pilots will encounter during the course of their flight instruction. Unless you’re an extremely gifted aviator-in-training, expect to spend some quality time flying circuits around the runway.

We’ve all heard that practice makes perfect, and such exercise shouldn’t be limited to stick-and-rudder manipulation of the flight controls. While you’re at it, aim to refine your radio communications to a concise, efficient, professional level of delivery. Doing so will add credibility to your piloting skills (Yes, really!) and can even help you get more favorable ATC handling than is offered to your radio-challenged counterparts. Below, we’ll look at some of the common phrases tower controllers will likely throw at you during the course of your traffic pattern practice.

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Aviation Radio Communication: Magic Words – Part Three

As in our previous two posts, we’ll once again examine commonly used aviation terminology you’re bound to come across over the course of your flying. Some terms might initially seem confusing whereas others are fairly obvious and easy to grasp. Certain terms will become a regular component of your routine ATC (Air Traffic Control) interactions, […]

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Aviation Radio Communication: Magic Words – Part Two

Following up on our previous post, we’ll look at additional aeronautical terms you’ll undoubtedly encounter in your interactions with ATC (Air Traffic Control). Whereas some terms will become a regular part of your flying, you’ll rarely (if ever) come across others in real-world operations. Regardless of the frequency of each phrase’s actual usage, a proper […]

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Aviation Radio Communication: Magic Words – Part One

Within the aeronautical lexicon, there are many keywords at your disposal to make aviation radio communication a bit safer and more efficient than you might imagine. Even if you’re a complete aviation rookie, you’ve probably heard a few such terms thrown about in popular culture. Throughout this post, we’ll examine some of the most prevalent […]

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Aviation Radio Communication: Ready to Roll

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Aviation Radio Communication: An Echo from the Cockpit

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

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 […]

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Aviation Radio Communication: Dubya, Times Five

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

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 possibly […]

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