Month: March 2019

ATC

Andy is Presenting at SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-in & Expo 2019!

Tuesday, April 2nd at 1:00 p.m. in CFAA-11 Room.

 

Course Description

Air Traffic Control for Pilots: Who’s Really in Control…

Have you ever had the opportunity to learn from an actual air traffic controller? Would you like to learn from a controller that is also a pilot so he can relate to you and can speak the same language?

Andy Watson is an Instrument Rated Private Pilot and an Air Traffic Controller that leverages his experience working at two of the busiest Air Traffic Control Centers and his time at FAA Headquarters to teach pilots vital safety information that nobody else is teaching.

Have you ever wondered why Air Traffic Control makes you do certain things? Have you ever wanted to do something different than what ATC instructed, but didn’t know how to ask for it? Andy goes over some basic structures of air traffic control that most pilots don’t know.

Major Killer – Spatial Disorientation – Can You Avoid?

Did you know Spatial Disorientation is the probable cause of aircraft accidents that kill hundreds of people each year? These accidents kill both new pilots and even licensed Airline Transport Pilots that have logged thousands of hours. If these seasoned pilots succumb to spatial disorientation, imagine your level of risk.

Would you like to learn a simple technique you can use when talking with ATC that will help you avoid Spatial Disorientation that nobody is teaching?

Did you know there is only one word that ATC uses only as a “last resort” in order for your aircraft to avoid colliding with another aircraft, an obstacle or terrain? Do you know how to properly respond when ATC gives that clearance?

Learn Effective Frequency Communication

In this course, pilots will learn how to effectively communicate with ATC to take your flying to the next level. You, the pilot, will gain a thorough understanding of what ATC expects from you through all phases of flight. This will allow you to learn how to make radio calls clear, concise, and sound like a professional.

Learn how to avoid over-talking on the frequency, blocking other pilots from being able to call ATC, or even worse, interrupting the controller from being able to give clearances at a critical time.

Emergencies

You will learn how to effectively communicate with ATC during an in-flight emergency. Several real life emergency examples will be discussed so you can mentally prepare for how to respond in the best manner if you ever end up in one of these situations.

It will help you understand some instrument flying topics, in which even VFR pilots are especially vulnerable such as Inadvertent VFR flight into Instrument Meteorological Conditions, and the risks of Spatial Disorientation.

Do you fly at night? Most pilots do one thing while flying at night, which causes unnecessary risk. Would you like to know the single change in technique that could potentially save your life?

Who Can Learn

No matter if you are the VFR pilot who rarely speaks to ATC or you are the IFR pilot who feels comfortable talking to ATC but would like to improve your skills, Andy can teach you great information.

By the end of this talk all pilots from the student pilot to the CFI will have an increased understanding of why ATC makes their decisions. They will be better equipped to talk with ATC and to use them to their advantage to make their flying as safe as possible.