Aviation Radio Communications

Do you think you know all you need to know about talking on the radio? Is there maybe some room for improvement? I bet there is. We can all do a better on the radio. It is a rare day that I hear someone with perfect or near-perfect radio technique (at least my interpretation of what is perfect).

The key is to not accept “good enough” with your communication skills. When you find yourself on a very busy frequency (ATC enroute, Towered or Non-towered airport) using clear, concise radio communications will pay off huge (especially at busy non-towered airports). Learn what is proper and continually evaluate your radio calls. Don’t be afraid of making a mistake either. Mistakes are guaranteed! The idea is to strive for constant improvement. This will make you a SAFER pilot!

Here is my list of resources for better radio communications. 

VFR Communications for Non-Towered Airports (Updated 22 Jun 2018) Good radio communications is critical for safety. EVERYONE can and should work on improving their comm skills. Get some tips from this presentation I created for a local FAAST seminar.

Austin’s Very Easy Guide to Proper Radio Phraseology and Technique

FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) Radio Communications Phraseology and Techniques

IN the Air and ON the Air – Decoding (and Parroting) Pilot Patter

Misunderstandings in Air Traffic Communications

Last Call for what?  AvWeb article about pilot’s saying “last call” on the radio.

Pilot/Controller Glossary

Radio Comm  Handout by AOPA

IFR Communications: Serious Business – What you say and what you hear on the radio are more than mere words (Plane & Pilot Article)

IFR Communication Procedure

IFR Radio  A lot of great information on IFR communications plus links to much more information.