Radiotelephony Made Easy
The need for clear and unambiguous communication of level change and heading instructions, including the correct use of call signs and readback requirements between Air Traffic Control (ATC) and the flight deck, has long been recognised as an important factor in assisting the safe and expeditious operation of aircraft.
It is therefore vital that the RT discipline practised by both pilots and controllers alike reflects this philosophy.
The importance of using correct and precise standard RT phraseology and techniques cannot be over-emphasised.
Why is RT discipline important?
When RT discipline is relaxed, for example by the use of non-standard procedures or phraseology, misunderstandings can arise. There are many examples in the UK and throughout the world where these misunderstandings have directly contributed to fatal accidents, AIRPROX events, and other safety related incidents.
Instructor Services offer a comprehensive two day Radiotelephony Course held on the first two Sundays of every month, run by Malcolm Dobson, a licensed CAA RT examiner.
The course comprises theory and practical tuition leading to written and oral examinations.
- General operating procedures, phraseology and aerodrome air traffic control services.
- Aerodrome flight information services and aerodrome air/ground communication services.
- General radar phraseology, approach control, area control, emergency RTF procedures, transmission of aerodrome information and miscellaneous flight handling.
- A short time is also spent on flight plans and pressure settings.
A one week gap will give the student time to refer to their AFE study book 2, AFE Communications revision or Pooleys RT Manual in preparation for the written examination.
After the short revision period, students will take the written examination, which comprises of twelve multiple-choice questions. The examination papers will be marked and the results announced.
The remainder of the day will be spent on the practical application of RT phraseology and procedures, which will cover:
- Leave and change frequencies
- Obtain DF
- Position reporting
- MATZ penetration
- Emergency procedures (Distress/Urgency)
- SVFR clearances
- Arrival procedures
- Circuit joining
- Practice MAYDAY relay
When the student has gained sufficient confidence and a satisfactory standard has been achieved, a date and time will be arranged for them to take the oral examination.
Having satisfactorily completed the written and oral examination, an application will be made to the CAA for the grant of the Radiotelephony Licence.
Reference material: AFE study book 2, AFE Communications revision or Pooleys RT Manual.
The price of the Radiotelephony course (including the practical and written test fees) is £180.00, payable to Instructor Services.