Getting (And Holding Onto) The Flick

Even if you're not leaving the traffic pattern, you need to understand the big picture. There's no such thing as too much situational awareness.

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With a respectful nod to Don Brown, a now-retired ZTL controller who helped popularize the phrase, a “flick” is the “big picture.” In the ATC biz, this typically refers to traffic load, major runway flow directions, widespread poor weather, staffing/sectorization and a host of other factors. In other words, strategic information. Pilots need the same […]
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