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Virtual ATC PilotEdge Announces Hourly Membership Option – Good Deal? It Depends.

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Our friends at PilotEdge have put together a more efficient payment option for pilots and flight sim enthusiasts who only occasionally fly the virtual skies. The hourly option starts at a base rate of $4.95/month plus a flat $2.00/hour. Of course, the old unlimited monthly and annual memberships are still available for heavy flyers.

But the question remains, is this a good deal? Let’s do some math. PilotEdge’s unlimited plan calls for $19.95/month. That’s equal to 7.5 hours under the hourly rate. So if you expect to spend more than 7.5 hours on the network every month, it’s better to go monthly. Personally, except for heavy instrument training, I have very rarely flown so many hours on a home simulator. To me, the PilotEdge hourly plan is priced just right.

If you haven’t heard of PilotEdge, you should read my review of the virtual ATC house, or just check them out at PilotEdge.net. In fact, they even have 14-day free trials if you want to test the waters.

ATC Etiquette: Listen Before You Speak

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Communicating with air traffic control is a daunting task for many student pilots. In fact, just getting a single word in to JFK controllers is almost beyond my abilities as a professional aviator. ATC lingo is a rapid back and forth between pilots and controllers, and in busy airspace a little etiquette is in order.

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What does it mean to LAHSO?

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LAHSO is a very common term that pilots can hear during landing sequences. LAHSO is an acronym that is meant to say “land and hold short.” The whole meaning of the acronym is “Land and Hold Short Operations.” This is a system that has been devised in order to maximize the capacity and to improve the efficiency of an airport in receiving and sending aircraft off. However, in order for it to be effective pilots need to develop and acquire an accurate understanding of the LAHSO concept.

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Touring Memphis TRACON and Tower

Yesterday I crossed the proverbial railroad tracks to see how the other half lives. I stepped out of my fancy flight deck and took a tour of Memphis TRACON and tower during Delta Airline’s five o’clock arrivals. What I saw gave me a greater appreciation of the delicate dance of the national air traffic control system. Read more…

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