I was told a long time ago if we could keep people from flying into bad weather and running out of fuel, we would eliminate most general aviation accidents. There is some wisdom to that statement. Weather-related aviation accidents are typically fatal. And sometimes it is the weather that leads to pilots running out of fuel. While critical to a safe flight, meteorology is often poorly taught to pilots using methods from the 1970s instead of today’s latest technology. In the alphabet soup of XM, ADS-B, and EFBs, pilots have weather literally at their fingertips at all times. But, do they know how to use it to make those critical “go and no-go” decisions?
How many of us learned to fly at non-towered airports? Some of us overcame “mic fright” and learned to fly into controlled airspace while others avoid it all cost. How many of us talk to air traffic control and are constantly scared of sounding silly or making a mistake? I think many pilots have been in situations when they wished they knew more about radio communications.
This day-long seminar is designed to greatly improve both your meteorology and communication skills. The first part of the day is spent learning how to handle aviation weather hazards, how to use technology to go beyond the weather briefing, understanding forecasts, and even how to forecast for your own trips. After lunch, we focus on air traffic control. We will spend time explaining how the national air space system works, proper ATC phraseology, common pilot mistakes, how to avoid a pilot deviation, and using ATC during instrument flights.
During both sessions, we will use real-life examples and exercises. There’s plenty of time for questions and answers too. -JP Dice