Communicating over Aviation Radios is an Acquired Skill

An airplane radio still sounds like someone put rocks in a blender. Now you do the preflight inspection while your instructor finishes her coffee. You know she is watching you because the moment you finish, she walks out of the office and, with a warm smile, crawls into the right seat. You can tell you…

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Flying Through Thunderstorms

I didn’t know how dangerous the situation was. The air had been smooth but was starting to get bumpy. We had been in solid clouds since before Clovis, New Mexico. Center handed me off to Lubbock Approach Control who had given me vectors to intercept the localizer for the ILS approach. Then they cleared me…

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