122 Air Traffic Controller Saves Lives – NATCA 2019 Archie League Awards


122 Air Traffic Controller Saves Lives – NATCA 2019 Archie League Awards

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122 Two airliners departing Chicago come within a quarter of a mile of each other, an F-16 is nearly out of fuel and options, a C172 pilot is picking up ice, a Cessna 340 pilot lost pressurization and doesn’t know he’s hypoxic. An IFR Mooney has lost everything except his compass. A student pilot diverts because of high winds, and a C182 pilot in IMC is flying low because of bad altimeter readings.

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Emergency Landing: Controller Talks Down Student Pilot After Oil Covers Windshield


101 Emergency Landing: Controller Talks Down Student Pilot After Oil Covers Windshield

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101 On Sept 30, 2018, a student pilot with 4 hours solo time departed Potomac Airfield on a cross country flight. Within minutes after takeoff, she noticed oil starting to cover the windshield. She immediately requested a vector from Potomac Approach controller Casey Whittaker to return to the airport. Her first attempt to land had her skimming the treetops of the neighborhood next to the airfield. Her next plan was to ditch the aircraft in the Potomac River, to avoid any loss of life on the ground.

The pilot asked that her voice not be used. My thanks to pilot Tricia Belkin Vernola, whose voice you hear in this episode, for reading from the transcript of my interview with the pilot. Thanks also to controller Casey Whittaker and PCT NATCA FACREP Brandon Miller for sharing their stories. Finally, thanks to the student pilot for sharing her story.

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98 Pilot Communications with ATC: What Not to Read Back to Controllers + General Aviation News


98 Pilot Communications with ATC: What Not to Read Back to Controllers + GA News

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98 Max talks about pilot communications. Some pilots repeat everything to ATC. This is better than not repeating key items, as ATC will have to say it again and ask you to read it back. The problem is there’s limited bandwidth, and only one person can talk at a time. On quiet frequencies this isn’t a problem. But in time critical situations, ATC can’t talk until you stop talking.

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95 Crosswind Landing Tips for Private Pilots and Student Pilots + General Aviation News


95 Crosswind Landing Tips for Private Pilots and Student Pilots + GA News

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95 Max talks about the art of making crosswind landings. There are tradeoffs between the crab and low wing, also called side slip, methods of compensating for crosswinds. The crab method can handle larger crosswinds. The low wing method is harder to set up on final, but is simpler when transitioning to the flare.

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87 Night IFR Electrical Failure: ATC and a Cell Phone Save a Doctor – Interview with Controller Phil Enis


87 Night IFR Electrical Failure: ATC and a Cell Phone Save a Doctor – Interview with Controller Phil Enis

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On Super Bowl Sunday, Dr. Peter Edenhoffer was flying IFR at night in a Cessna Cardinal when he lost his electrical system. He’d already texted his son to say goodbye. Then he received a text message from Fort Worth Center which gave him hope for surviving when he realized he wasn’t alone. Max interviews NATCA’s Archie League Medal of Safety President’s Award winner controller Phil Enis about this save. Watch the NATCA video to hear more of the ATC radio transmissions and see more of the text messages from this save. It also includes a link where to where you can watch Dr. Peter Edenhoffer talk about what was going through his mind as he was alone in the dark.

Here are some ideas you should consider on future IFR flights including:
1. Include a cell phone or satellite phone number in the Remarks section of your IFR flight, so that controllers can attempt to reach you by phone or text, if they lose radio communications with you.
2. Bring a handheld radio when you fly. Set it up and test it ahead of time so that you know that it works. Handheld radios in metal airplanes receive OK, but often don’t transmit well because they’re essentially inside a shielded cage (the airplane!). Installing an external antenna on your airplane will greatly improve the transmit capability of a handheld radio.
3. If you have an electrical failure, use an EFB app like ForeFlight to navigate to an airport with better weather.
4. If you have cell phone service, consider calling 911 and have them pass along  your cellphone number to an air traffic controller.

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84 Ten Things Pilots Do that bug ATC Controllers – Interview with Brandon Gonzales


84 Ten Things Pilots Do that bug ATC Controllers – Interview with Brandon Gonzales

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Things Pilots Do that bug ATC Controllers
Here’s Brandon’s List:
1. Monitor the freq. before you speak.
2. Cleared for immediate takeoff, but then not doing it. Or, worse yet, doing it too quickly when not prepared.
3. IMMEDIATELY- Used by ATC when such action compliance is required to avoid an imminent situation
EXPEDITE− Used by ATC when prompt compliance is required to avoid the development of an imminent situation.
4. If you can’t accept or comply, advise. Maybe even provide an alternative that you can do.
5. If you don’t understand instructions. Please ask for clarification!
6. Repeating everything back verbatim. Use judgment with respect to read backs.
7. Hold short readbacks need the words hold short with callsign and runway number
8. Traffic calls. Use looking, or traffic in sight, not ‘See it on the Fish Finder”
9. Spelling out local airports phonetically; Don’t use the the Kilo
10. Turning early crosswinds and cutting out traffic. The AIM says turn crosswind when 300’ below TPA.
11. Doing a touch and go when cleared to land.
12. Turning base without a sequence is very dangerous.

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82 How to Increase Separation on Final without Dangerous S-Turns + General Aviation News


82 How to Increase Separation on Final without Dangerous S-Turns + GA News

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Increasing Spacing on Final without using S-Turns
Max talks about how to increase spacing on final without doing dangerous S-Turns on the final approach to landing. Two FAA Controllers wins Archie League Award for noticing a pilot with a problem. Listeners give feedback on things they wished they’d learned as student pilots. A listener ask where to fly the downwind when flying next to parallel runways, but cleared to land on runway on the far side.

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56 ATC Visual Separation for Private Pilots Explained, NTSB Report on NYC Helicopter Accident + GA News


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Max talks in detail about visual separation, the responsibility pilots assume when they agree to maintain visual separation, and methods they can use for avoiding other aircraft. The NTSB preliminary report reveals more on that NYC helicopter crash that killed five passengers. A listener asks about when to switch from ground to tower at a towered airport, another listener asks about simulating an AHRS failure in a Garmin G1000 equipped aircraft, and another listener ask what exactly controllers mean when they say to enter on a 2-mile base.

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54 Air Traffic Control (ATC) Government Privatization Update for General Aviation Private and Instrument Pilots and People Planning to Learn to Fly – Interview with Rob Mark


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50 Instrument Pilot: Glide Slope Failure, ATC Privatization, United 1175 incident, ADS-B after the Mandate + GA News


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Max talks in detail about what to do if the glide slope fails during an ILS approach. Also, updates on ATC Privatization and the United 1175 incident. Finally, a listener asks whether he’ll be able to get traffic information in an aircraft without ADS-B Out after the January 2020 mandate goes into effect.

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