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I'm a PPL trainee and I'm looking for a way to improve my radio communication.


https://www.liveatc.net/ is a great way to practice but I can't fully understand the conversation between the unit and the aerodrome. If it just had subtitles or general documentation about it, would be great.

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Live ATC is an excellent way to listen and get familiar with your local airports procedures. I used to pick out a tail number and then pretended to be that aircraft. When ATC gave instructions, I would say back what I think the response should be.

If there are terms or phrases you dont understand, you should be able to look them up in the Pilot/Controller Glossary here: https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/media/pcg_10-12-17.pdf

ATC and pilots should do their best to use the official phraseology in the glossary. However, the goal of communication on the radio should be clarity. If there is something you want to say but dont know how, just say it plainly without worrying about the 'official' wording.

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    $\begingroup$ Note that the phraseology differs throughout the world. ICAO phraseology is not quite US phraseology is not quite Canadian phraseology. Make sure you're looking at the correct variant; for example, don't rely blindly on the US FAA's resources if you're training for a European PPL! $\endgroup$ – a CVn Apr 26 at 9:18
  • $\begingroup$ Proper phraseology is important, but the over riding intent is clear communication. Sometimes plain language is the best way to get your point across. Otherwise you risk sounding like a junior police spokesman trying to use all the right words he was taught in front of news cameras for the first time: "The perpetrator, um, passed away as a result of, uh... injuries sustained from... the discharge of the responding officer's sidearm..." $\endgroup$ – Michael Hall Apr 26 at 19:51
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If you use MS Flight Simulator on your computer (which you should be) you should look into VATSIM, which is a virtual air traffic control system for people who use Flight Simulator online. A lot of VATSIM controllers are real controllers, and there are all kinds of resources.

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To improve your communications you need to fly. There's a world of difference between practicing on the ground and actually saying it in the air, when you are Aviating and Navigating, There are times you will sound like Porky Pig on speed which is an unavoidable part of being a student and nothing to worry about.

Don't get me wrong, practice is useful, what I found was that the act of saying was not as important as knowing what to say. For that I built a list of the common calls I was likely to be asked to make and thought about the responses.

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    $\begingroup$ One thing that one can do, though, especially if they have access to someone else who is used to communicating over simplex radio, is to buy (or borrow) a pair of cheap walkie-talkies, and use those to practice the act of communicating over simplex radio. I had the advantage myself during radiotelephony class of being used to radio; that allowed me to focus on the aviation-specific parts (phraseology, frequencies, standard transponder codes, ...), which was hugely helpful. $\endgroup$ – a CVn Apr 26 at 13:46
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a) Get an airband receiver and listen to ATC whenever you have the opportunity. b) Armchair flying and self-talk ... sounds funny but does work extremely well!

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