Potential Users
VFR Communications Kit
IFR Communications Kit

1. Student Pilots:
This kit will support student pilots’ efforts to understand what to say and when to say it during a flight. By constructing a communication “script” during their preflight and then using the “script” in flight, students are better prepared mentally to accomplish, in a quick and accurate manner, the necessary communication exchanges. Enough copies of the communication templates are included to support the student pilots through each of the required cross-country flights necessary to secure a private pilot’s license.

2. Inactive Pilots:

The old adage, “If you don’t use it, you lose it!” is particularly appropriate when applied to the inactive pilot. Safe aviation communications require the pilot to listen and understand ATC commands and respond in a quick and accurate manner. Aviation communications also calls for the pilot to see the “communication big picture.” Without timely practice, the inactive pilot loses sight of the “communication big picture” rapidly, and it is not easy to regain. When the inactive pilot prepares a communication script during preflight, the pieces of the big picture start coming back together again. Using the VFR or IFR templates to construct VFR or IFR communication scripts for several flights will help the inactive pilot regain the “communication big picture” quickly and with less anxiety and stress.

3. Active Pilots:

Active pilots know, understand, and use VFR and IFR communication protocols effectively. The cockpit, however, is a busy place during a cross-country flight. Selecting, sequencing, and partially completing a set of the kit’s templates to match an upcoming cross-country flight during the preflight reduces the workload in the cockpit during the flight. By using this unique communication “memory aid,” the active pilot gains “think time” for other matters he or she may encounter during the cross-country. A prepared pilot is a focused pilot.

4. CFIs:

A CFI’s first love is teaching the student pilot how to actually fly an airplane. Since the skills necessary to fly an airplane are largely kinesthetic in nature, most CFI’s find this portion of the student pilot training to be intuitive and relatively easy to do. Teaching the student pilot how to communicate, however, requires the CFI to constantly explain and re-explain the various pieces of the “communication big picture.” For those student pilots who have a mental block about VFR or IFR communications, competency can be an especially frustrating, time consuming, and expensive task. Some student pilots quit after encountering trouble with VFR or IFR communications! When the CFI helps the student pilot select, sequence, and partially complete a set of the kit’s templates to match an upcoming cross-country flight during the preflight, the CFI helps lower the anxiety and stress levels of the student. Reducing the student pilot’s anxiety and stress level decreases the CFI’s need to coach the student pilot during those portions of flight requiring VFR or IFR communications. Nothing builds the student pilot’s confidence more than a successful cross-country flight. In short, use of the kit makes VFR or IFR communications instruction easier to do.

5. Ground School Instructors:

Whether ground schools are conducted with small groups of student pilots in rather informal settings, or with large groups of student pilots in formal settings, teaching the airspace and communication portion of the curriculum challenges the instructor. Helping student pilots visualize the airspace system and the necessary communications required in each type of airspace near an airport and away from an airport can be time-consuming. Since ground schools are run for a set number of hours a week over a limited number of weeks, ground school instructors can not spend a large amount of time on any one topic. Using the kit’s templates, template’s descriptions, and other supporting information helps shorten the amount of time necessary to explain the airspace and IFR and VFR communication topics. There are a variety of ways for a ground school instructor to use the kit.

Consider the following example: students are shown how to construct a hypothetical VFR communication script from one city’s airport to another city’s airport using the templates from the kit. The students are next given different departure and destination airports and are then asked to construct the correct communication sequence on their own. Attention Ground School instructors! After this exercise the student’s CFIs will love you!

6. Student Pilots Who Speak English As A Second Language

Learning a second language is a difficult and time- consuming task. Aviation technical communications in a second language is an especially difficult task. Use of these templates will give the English-as-a-second-language student the correct sentence structure to speak and say back the communications necessary to fly in a safe manner.

7. Beginning IFR Students

There is a much bigger need to communicate during IFR flights. Use of these templates will help you quickly and accurately perform your communications with ATC.

The IFR & VFR Communications Kits are versatile products that can be used as memory aids, training tools, confidence builders, classroom exercise workbooks, and much more!



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