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Tips For Communicating With ATC




Talking with ATC can be intimidating…

1. Make Sure You Are On The Correct Frequency

2. Plan Out What You Will Say When Transmitting to ATC

Be concise when talking, and think before you talk! Follow this formula when thinking out what you will say so that you are always concise-

  • Who you are talking to
  • Who you are
  • Where you are
  • What you want

“Addison ground(who you are talking to), Sportcruiser 493SC(who you are), holding short of Alpha over Romeo(Where you are), ready to taxi to active with information tango. (What you want)

Air traffic controller

3. Anticipate What ATC Will Say

After flying a few times, it becomes a little more predictable what ATC will say, so use that to your advantage!

Anticipate what your directives will be. This will help you listen and you will be more prepared with what you will respond with.

4. Read Back All Pertinent Information When Communicating With ATC

Let ATC know that you understood what they told you and that you’re going to follow their directions. For example, your takeoff, landing, or taxi clearance.

Air traffic controller

5. Write Down Any Instructions ATC Gives You

Especially at larger and busier airports, you will want to write down everything you are told.

Directions can get long and complicated at times, so the fewer transmissions it takes to get instructions to you, the better for ATC and for you.

6. No Conversations In The Cockpit During Transmissions

There’s nothing worse than missing out on a transmission and not being sure if it was meant for you.

Pause all conversations in the cockpit when ATC is transmitting a message so that you are sure to not miss any transmissions intended for you.

For a more condensed version of this information, check out our youtube video below- 6 Tips for Communicating with ATC.

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