Class D Airspace Radio Communications

You’re going to really enjoy this video. I take you from start up, copying the ATIS, contacting ground, tower and then eventually the departure controller. The video is a bit longer than normal but you’ll pull a ton of great info from this content. – Jason



  • Adeputy4u

    Great video Jason. Always learning with you at the helm.

  • Anonymous

    haha thanks man!

    Jason

  • Docholiday511

    Nice

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Dude

    Jason

  • http://twitter.com/ble320 Brad England

    Great video! I was wondering if you would catch the loose door. :) And was that a little Third Day music I heard?

  • Anonymous

    Hahaha You caught me! I accidentally turned the XM for a second!

    and I had to wait on the door it was like 100 degrees in that cockpit! :)

    Jason

  • Rpbrevik

    I for one really appreciate your video’s. I am learning out of a non controlled field so any help with atc of any sort is great. This one was great.

  • Anonymous

    Glad I could help man! Stay sharp on those towered operations

    Jason

  • Jtocko

    Nice vid. I was wondering when you’d get the door. :)

  • Anonymous

    haha It was too hot to close it on taxi!

    Jason

  • Mmosier1

    Good video Jason. Our local controllers at a class C recommend we ask for flight following “with handoffs” while on the ground. Any comments on the necessity to request with handoffs?

    Thanks

    mm

  • Anonymous

    MM,

    Never heard of such a stipulation… I just always assume i’ll get the handoff. Very strange i’ll look into that phraseology.

    Jason

  • Tony Wright

    Jason, great video, but as a flight instructor, and a professional pilot, you need to train your students to wait to copy any clearances until the airplane is stopped. This is now a failing of any practical exam!
    Regards,
    Tony Wright, ATP

  • Anonymous

    Tony,

    You’re correct, a proper procedure would be to bring the airplane to a stop (yes even on a taxiway) and copy your clearance.

    However knowing mine was going to be short (just VFR) I kept the plane rolling.

    I wasn’t aware that it’s an auto fail on a practical exam??? I’ll ask my DPE about it when I see him next week for one of my students rides

    Great comment

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtpackard Adam Packard

    Right 21 via Alpha was the ATIS, did you taxi via Echo? I thought I heard you say Echo. Either way – coo stuff. Delta airspace is my home airport so I’m used to it – but never set up flight following on the ground – awesome!

  • Anonymous

    Adam, I read it back correct and ground said it right however once I started taxiing I believe I said Echo instead of alpha (just talking out loud) or visa versa. I did catch that when I was editing.

    Taxied the right way just said the wrong thing when thinking out loud…

    You should ask your ground controller for flight following next time you’re going on a trip see what kind of mood you catch them in :)

    Jason

  • Dave

    As a student flying out of a non-towered airport I loved this video. I just need to do my 150 NM XCountry and three towered landings. I am sweating both as I am going to try to accomplish both at the same time and my tongue gets twisted EVERYTIME I chat to ATC. I have actually chatted with ATC for a Bravo Transition, but still sweat the mic work. Yesterday my instructor said, “they are there for you. Without you they would not have a job.” He’s right. No planes, no ATC. Now with your video they don’t seem so intimidating.

  • Anonymous

    Dave,

    I love how your instructor put it “they are there for you” and as you can see from the video…they like to help.

    Keep up the great work and keep me posted

    Jason

  • Lou

    Didn’t know you can request flight following from Ground. Good video.

  • Anonymous

    Lou,

    Glad you learned something!

    Jason

  • Fighting_Falcon

    man, nice controller.

  • Anonymous

    Very true! He was a cool guy

    Jason

  • Dfg1958

    Loved this one. Is this possible for leaving a Delta into an overlying Bravo? In Cleveland, BKL Delta is right by Hopkins Bravo if you fly westbound. So, can you obtain your code the same way??

  • Anonymous

    Of course! It would be HUGE in a situation like that!!!!

    Jason

  • Dchandler5

    Your video was excellant for the fact that you must carefully listen to the ATC for they talk so fast, and I being a new Private Pilot must write things down so that I can keep up with the request. While in training and especially solo flight requirements i would let the tower know that I was a student on a cross country and then they would be extra helpful and polite.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks man! You’re right it’s important to let people know…”hey.. i’m a student pilot!” Controllers are very understanding when it comes to these sorts of things

    Jason

  • Robert in OC

    Hey Jason,

    Another great video, thank you. I am getting close to doing my checkride and videos like this just help keep things fresh. I train out of a class Charlie but occasionally have gone into a Delta. It was a nice reminder of the help we can get from ATC and the type of thing we can ask for. Really appreciate all you do. Your checkride book (audio) joins me in the gym every morning. Cheers!

  • Anonymous

    Robert, Glad to hear it thank you!

    Also glad my audiobook joins you at the gym every morning! No wonder I keep losing weight :) haahah

    Jason

  • Randy Padgett

    like always very good

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Randy!

    Jason

  • Randy Padgett

    like always very good

  • Tim

    Good video Jason. I appreciate your efforts to improve pilots everywhere. I am a private pilot..about 70 hours..so relatively new. I don’t get a chance to fly with other pilots so it was nice to ride along. My dad and I are going to take a trip this weekend and I am going to give a request for flight following on the ground a try. ATC at KFWA have always been nice…we will see what happens.

    Regards,

    TJI…Home Field KUMP

  • Anonymous

    Awesome Tim!

    Let me know how the flight goes and if you were able to pickup flight following on the ground

    Jason

  • Naresh Gurung

    I love your videos. Thank you very much for all your hard work and contributions to the community. I noticed that you entered your squawk later in the air. I was curious, if Class D airport assigns you squawk if no flight following is requested. Also, quick question, does Class D assign a squawk for pattern flights? Once again, I am so happy to have found your youtube channel. Keep up the good work.
    Naresh
    St. Paul, MN

  • Anonymous

    Naresh,

    I entered it on the ground but when the controller notified me once in the air to squawk it once again they weren’t seeing anything or at least seeing the right code…the culprit…My transponder was on standby not altitude!!!! Doh!!!! Hey we all make mistakes. That was the controllers nice way of saying “Hey 5BM i’d like to see your altitude! Turn that thing on” :)

    Jason

  • Rob Feldman

    Great video Jason. Just took my wife for our first “away from our area” flight since I got my private. I asked our ATC in LYH if they could give me a squawk code (to CHO) & they were happy to do it. I plugged the code in on the ground though. Looks like you did it after Beaufort gave it to you. Were you on 1641 when they asked you to ident (I’m sure you must have been) or at the end when Beaufort gave you the code? Videos like this are wonderful for new pilots like me, thanks so much.
    Rob Feldman
    Private pilot at age 55!

  • Anonymous

    Rob so glad you enjoyed the video!!! I was squawking the code by then (i put it in on the ground so it was ready to go)

    Jason

  • Mike Russell

    Jason

    One of your best videos, very informative. Thanks

    RMRussell

  • Anonymous

    Mike,

    Thanks so much! That means a lot

    Jason

  • Blmayesdco65

    liked the long version

  • Anonymous

    hahaha i’m glad man! I was worried it was too long

    Jason

  • Mattfalcus

    Excellent video! It’s funny, here in the UK ‘Ready for take-off’ is a big no-no. It’s always ‘Ready for departure’. One of the first things I got my head around when learning ATC speak :)

  • Anonymous

    haha No way! That’s neat to know!

    Jason

  • ABHINAV MANHAS

    nice vid jason

  • Anonymous

    Thanks man

    Jason

  • Greg

    Great info Jason, it’s good to see someone with your experience share with us newbies! Once again thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Here to serve my friend! I just want to create better and safer pilots

    Jason

  • Bubhallett

    You made 3 contacts with ground before you finished what you wanted. Do every thing in one call, keep it short and to the point. The tower or ground is waiting for you to ask them what you want, there is no need to call them, get their attention and then call them again. Are you a student pilot???

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I am a student pilot :) because i’m always learning…

    However I disagree with you on this on dude, you should always give a “cold call” initially to ATC.

    Imagine if I went on that entire ramble and they were not paying attention or on the other line handling something more pressing. It would be a waste and tied a tied up radio

    And in regards to your last comment I understand a sterile cockpit but part of being a great pilot is tuning in and tuning out when calls apply or don’t apply to you.

    I appreciate your comment,

    Jason

  • Bubhallett

    Part of being a great pilot as you say, is also being a live pilot. When the tower, ground, or Center is talking, you should NOT be. Someday you may hear someone is at your altitude, your position, and if you are not listening you may become dead. I have been flying around the world for my entire career, and if one of my co-piolots started jabbering below 10,000 feet, or if one of my passengers in my Cub was needlessly talking within 10 miles of the airport, I would have their ass! You need to stress to the students out there, that one needs to pay attention ANYTIME there is talking on the radio. On a side note, send me an e-mail to my address, I have something you may like. This might be a good deal for you. I have been working on a book for over 5 years. It deals with the in’s and out’s of bush flying here in Alaska. All of the mistakes no one teaches you. Most of these, my friends had to find out for themselves. Send me your mailing address and I will ship it to you for free.

  • Bubhallett

    You should not be talking when the tower is talking. Even if it not for you, you may hear something that could save your airplanes life.

  • Mark C

    Jason, great video. Once again, you remind me that just because I can drive an airplane, I have a LOT left to learn. I admire your ability.

  • Jack

    Jason, great vid; you make it look so easy. As a student pilot I find the details of just getting ready for the take-off overwhelming(sp?). My instructor has me now making the calls for a non-towerd airport and my mouth does not seem connected to the brain at that time!!! Hopefully it gets easier. Thanks

  • Danlor9092

    Very cool, I’m a student pilot and digging up all info for better communications with tower, it’s very intimidating to me!

  • Kevin Harvey82

    Great video….as a controller and now student pilot I understand the intimidation that some students can have with “those guys in the glass cage” but we are just real passionate about our job of keeping everybody safe and not having an accident happen on our watch. I love your video and I would be interested in seeing you make one on flight planning from beginning to end. The length doesn’t bother me at all. Keep up the good work

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  • Frank_bellinger

    Great video. Wish I could hear ya when the other transmissions are happening. I could watch one of these every night. Great job! 

  • Glande

    Nice vid,  I heard Ground give taxi to 21 via Alpha and then you said you were on Echo,  which taxiway did you use.
     

  • Mike McGrath

    Great video with real tower communication.  Thanks.

  • AJ

    Nice stuff Jason…as a trainee this type of presentation really helps me! I look forward to more as you develop your site. Thanks, AJ aka 85RW

  • Shane

    Thanks for the great video.  Very helpful to hear the communication while I am still learning.

  • Fiedler Tim

    Great video. I really wish my instructor had gone over flight following with me. I want to use it on cross country flights, but don’t have the experience with it.

  • Michaeljob

    outstanding learning tool

  • Miten47

    Thank you Jason. This video is very helpful.

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