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Mastering ATC Communications

All pilots must ensure a strong emphasis on ATC communications; here is where a safe flight begins. Understanding the aviation terminology is key for successful training. As a student pilot, you will probably feel overwhelmed by all this information. In this course, we will guide you step by step on communicating with the ATC from the beginning. Not only that, here you will see a real scenario of how an aircraft use standard phraseology to ask for permission for taxi, take-off, and landing.

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”.

Trivia ATC communications

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 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.

Course Objectives

  • 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.

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