All posts tagged ATC

Flying Tip: Stay Ahead of the Airplane, Preselect Your Frequencies

Use your preselect to stay ahead of the airplane

Staying ahead of the airplane is the name of the game, especially when it comes to IFR flying. One of the easiest ways to do that is to keep your radios set one step ahead of the game. Here’s how I like to set up my radios for departure and arrival.

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Free Aviation Insurance Policy: Just Monitor Guard (121.5)

Monitor Guard - Don't Bust Restricted Airspace

We all know that 121.5 is the emergency frequency, and we pretend to make a mayday call during every simulated engine failure. But what you probably weren’t taught is that listening to guard could save from getting that air traffic controller’s phone number, or worse. It’s already saved my bacon a few times.

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ATC Etiquette: Listen Before You Speak


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?


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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