Episode 051 | Gaining efficiency in your ATC communications | Captain Sullenberger comments on 737 MAX

Aerotime Article about Capt. Sullenberger: https://www.aerotime.aero/ruta.burbaite/22764-captain-sully-weighs-in-on-737-max-crashes-in-congress-hearings?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email 

Bold Method Blog: https://www.boldmethod.com/blog/lists/2018/11/10-times-to-say-unable-to-atc/ 

Tips

Technical Stuff:

  1. “Monitor the freq. before you speak”

  2. Not everything has to be read back. Use “Wilco” often.

  3. Traffic Calls - Use “looking/searchin,” or “Traffic in Sight”


Myths:

  1. “I don’t want to get into trouble, so I don’t talk to ATC” - WRONG

  2. “I thought I was doing you a favor” - Nope

  3. “ATC is too busy to talk to me” - Sometimes, but not likely


Common Questions:

  1. How far out do I call the tower?

  2. When contacting Approach with a request, should I simply state: XYZ approach, the tail number, and stop? OR immediately go for the full request?

  3. Pet Peeves


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