October 2000 Issue

Sounding Smart

Radio savvy may not be everything, but itís something, and sometimes thatís enough

To get the most out of this article, read it with your eyes closed. Sound silly? Okay, letís apply the same philosophy to radio communications. To get the most out of your $50,000 nav/comm stack, make all transmissions with the volume turned down.

Youíll find the silence quite relaxing, no stress from competing pilots on CTAF or confusing instructions from nattering air traffic controllers. Just you, your machine, and the cosmic bliss of free flight. If you were a seagull, someone would write a book about you. But youíre not. Youíre a pilot and, unless youíre knocking about grass fields in a J-3 Cub with no radio, youíll need to improve those radio skills.

The good pilot never stops...

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