Mastering ATC Communications
All pilots must ensure to place a strong emphasis on ground operations; this is where a safe flight begins and ends. At no time should it consider a meaningless phase of flight. This provides the first opportunity to safely assess the various factors of flight operations, including the regulatory requirements, an evaluation of the airplane’s condition, and their Pilot in Command (PIC) responsibilities.
Let’s start with the basics, all ATC communications are divided into three different phases:
1) The initial contact “You make a request to air traffic control”.
2) The instructions “They give you specific instructions to follow”.
3) The readback “You repeat these instructions to confirm that you understood them correctly”.
The 5 Ws
The 5 Ws is a good technique that includes everything Air Traffic control (ATC) needs to know for them to give you instructions and clearance. The first radio communication would be the hardest one. After, you only need to listen and understand what Air Traffic controllers instruct you, and repeat it back to them.
- Who you are talking to?
- Who you are?
- Where you are?
- What do you want?
- Whats is the current ATIS?
Who is this course for?
This online course is primarily for student pilots who want to improve their radio communication skills. Also, any pilot struggling with ATC communication in a controlled airport environment. And finally, flight instructors that are looking for creative tools to teach their students. We guarantee after finish this class, you will feel more confident in radios and will continue to succeed in your future carrier.
- Understand ATC operations affecting a pilot inside and around the airport environment.
- Interpret airport radio communications needed to maintain the safety of air traffic control.
- Learn the different procedures required inside control airports. Facilitating the transition to more congested airports.