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A Full Guide to Squawk Codes And What They Mean

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Soaring high above, you may feel as though you are out of touch with the world you left behind on the ground. Thanks to the development of various communication devices, including the transponder, you are not alone.  Within moments, you can be in direct communication with air traffic control (ATC) or other pilots that are …


Understanding Traffic Pattern and How It Affects Flight

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Learning about and understanding traffic pattern is an important aspect of a student’s flight training; here’s what you should know. [lwptoc numeration=”none” title=”CONTENTS:”] The rectangle of the traffic pattern (it is inaccurate to refer to the holding pattern as “circling”) is much more than a mindless rotating around an airport or landing field. This maneuver, …


3 Tips for Communicating with Air Traffic Control

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Communicating with air traffic control is an essential aspect of acting as pilot in command. These 3 tips can help you communicate more effectively and safely with traffic controllers. [lwptoc numeration=”none”] Most ground school courses in flight school do not spend a lot of time discussing how to speak with air traffic controllers while acting …


How Air Traffic Control Keeps Us Safe

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The Crash in the Desert At the Desert View Watch Tower on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, which offers an unparalleled view of the Colorado River and Painted Desert, a bronze plaque is part of thescene. It’s a monument to victims of a 1956 airplane crash, a jarring modern object near a …


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