Private pilot VFR ATC communications package (6 hours)

$295.00

  • Ground operations & runway incursion avoidance (1.5 hours)
  • Traffic pattern procedures (1.5 hours)
  • Flight following (1.5 hours)
  • Uncontrolled airport operations (1.5 hours)

Full refund if you’re not satisfied after your full session

Learn how to talk to ATC like a pro in situations that many student pilots won’t experience until they’re 30+ hours into training. This package will give you the opportunity to practice your radio calls and airspace procedures over and over again. Once you get into the airplane, ATC communications will be second nature, and you can focus on flying.

Training will be adapted to your local airport, your prior experience, and any topics you would like to focus on. We may take a detour to some other airports to practice concepts that are not possible at your home airport.

Why purchase a package?

  • Receive a video recording of each session. An invaluable tool to debrief your lessons in detail.
  • Personalized pre-flight and offline guided flight assignments to help you prepare for the lesson and reinforce the skills you have learned.
  • Save time. Pay once, instead of before each session.

Content

  • Ground operations & runway incursion avoidance (1.5 hours):
    • Learn how to request taxi clearances, read back instructions, and handle last minute changes
    • Interpreting airport signage and markings
    • Briefing taxi using airport diagram
    • Hotspots and runway incursion avoidance
    • Intersection departures
  • Traffic pattern procedures (1.5 hours):
    • Traffic pattern modification instructions
    • Safe habits for traffic scanning
    • Various types of landing clearances
    • Go arounds
  • Flight following (1.5 hours):
    • Airspace considerations
    • ATC radar capabilities and basic radar services
    • ATC separation standards
    • Finding frequencies to get flight following
    • In-flight traffic information
    • Visually finding aircraft based on ATC traffic point outs
    • Entering the pattern at your destination
  • Uncontrolled airport operations (1.5 hours):
    • CTAF procedures and proper radio reports
    • Best practices for uncontrolled airports

Recommended audience

  • Student pilots who are not yet confident with ATC communications
  • Flight sim enthusiasts who want to fly VFR on PilotEdge or VATSIM

Logistics

The content of each package can be tweaked to meet your needs, within the included number of hours.

Additional coaching time beyond the hours included in the package will be charged at the rate ($60/hour).

Requirements

  • You can use the flight simulator of your choice. (Note: X-Plane is my preferred platform from a training perspective)
  • Ensure your internet upload speed is at least 2 Mbps. If it’s not, I can recommend some alternative solutions that will allow us to share your cockpit view.
  • I typically use Zoom for sharing your screen and audio. Ensure you have a working microphone that we can use for clear communication. I recommend testing your audio prior to our first session by conducting a Zoom test call. Typically we do not use webcams, unless you request otherwise.
  • By working together, you understand that my remote coaching service is not considered to be loggable flight, simulator, or ground instruction. It is solely a supplemental coaching service that is not a substitute for formal in-aircraft training or ground instruction with the certified flight instructor who will be signing your logbook.

What is your availability like?

I am generally available from 8 AM – 8 PM eastern time. I may be able to accomodate other times on request. All scheduling is done through an online scheduling system. If you purchase a package and find that it is too difficult to schedule your lessons, you can request a refund.

What happens after I purchase?

In your purchase receipt email, you will receive a link allowing you to schedule your first lesson.

Questions before you purchase?

Please contact me directly at mike@zerosideslip.com

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