Radar Contact

Radar Contact

Por Jeff Kanarish
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Using ATC to Check the Status of a MOA

Is it safe to fly through a Military Operations Area (MOA)? It depends. A pilot named Drew recently asked me if I...

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Taxi Clearance Anxiety

If you have ever felt butterflies in your stomach when faced with contacting Ground Control for taxi clearance, you...

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Contacting Flight Service; Searching for IFR Traffic in an Uncontrolled Pattern

If you can get all the aviation aviation weather data you need online, do you really need to know how to contact...

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Making Mistakes on the Aircraft Radio

In this episode, we’ll talk about why you make mistakes on the radio and what it says about your performance as...

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Aircraft Color in Place of Call Sign is a Bad Idea

“Town and Country Traffic, red and white Skyhawk, 4-mile final, Runway One Seven, Town and Country.”...

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Common Traffic Advisory Frequencies and ATC as Customer Service

This edition of the Radar Contact Show consolidates the previous 3 articles about using a Common Traffic Advisory...

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What ATC’s ‘Make Closed Traffic’ Clearance Means

“Cessna 9130 Delta, Pensasoda Tower, make right closed traffic. Runway 11, cleared for takeoff.” What...

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We’d Be Thrilled If You Simply Used Your Call Sign!

I’ve spent a lot of time at this website talking to you about how to format your call sign when transmitting on...

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Air Traffic Control Tips, Goodies, and Other Presents

Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, or if you prefer, Seasonally Adjusted Greetings. I come bearing gifts of good cheer,...

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Aviation Headsets < $400: What We Know So Far

The results of the survey about aviation headsets costing less than $400 are in. The survey asked, is there an...

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When to Make Position Reports in an Uncontrolled Airport Traffic Pattern

Radar Contact is back! In the first show after a months-long break, we’ll talk about when to make position...

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NextGen Air Traffic Control and You

In this month’s edition of the Radar Contact Show we are going to look at how the FAA’s NextGen version...

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Caution Wake Turbulence for the Departing Boeing 757

“Cessna 9130D, caution wake turbulence for the departing Boeing 757, Runway 25, cleared for takeoff.”...

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Shaky Emergencies and Cranky Air Traffic Controllers

Hey Air Traffic Control, I think I might have a big problem but I’m not declaring an emergency. Standby for...

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Aircraft Position Reports

Or, you could use an airplane. Reporting your position on the radio, while in an uncontrolled airport pattern, is a...

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How to Work with ATC Around Class B and Other Closed Airspace

If you are a pilot who hates to work with ATC because you feel doing so would restrict your flying freedom,...

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Consequences of Declaring an Emergency with ATC

My airplane has a problem. A big problem. I think I can handle it. No, I’m sure I can handle it. Maybe I can...

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Use ATC to Save Your Life

Daher-Socata TBM-850. Source: fr.wikipedia.orgEarlier this month, a single-engine turboprop aircraft crashed into...

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When to Not Respond to ATC (Really!)

See no ATC. Hear No ATC. Speak no ATC. As pilots we are trained to respond to ATC each and every time ATC talks to...

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Timing is Everything in ATC Communication

Two people speaking to each other at the same time does not communication make. It’s true in a face-to-face...

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