About the Course

Prerequisites: Airport Familiarization, Airspace
Approximate Time to Complete: 1 hour, 30 minutes

In this course, I'll first introduce you to the functions of the radio, and cover some basic radio phraseology, such as the phonetic alphabet and how we format a radio call.

Next, you'll learn about the different entities that you'll be communicating with on the radio, what services they can provide, and how to address them. These include other aircraft, Flight Service Stations, and ATC, or air traffic control, which is comprised of Tower and Ground control, Air Route Traffic Control Centers, and Approach and Departure Control.

And finally, I'll give you many different examples of radio calls, starting out at non-towered airports, then towered airports, and radio calls that you might make on long cross-country flights, and how you would use the radio during an urgent or emergency situation.

Purchase of this course entitles you to one year of access to the course material.

Please Note: This course is designed for use by a single individual. It is against the Terms of Use to share this course, in part or whole, with other users, or to teach others using the content from this course. The time and effort that goes into the development of these courses is immense. To ensure that we will be able to offer more courses, we need to collect a fee from every student who takes a course. Thank you for supporting our effort!

About the Course

Course Curriculum

  • 1
  • 2
    Radio Technique
    • Section Overview
    • Video
    • Download - Phonetic Alphabet
    • Quiz 1 & Instructions
  • 3
    Who You Are Talking To
    • Section Overview
    • Video
    • Download - Radio Communications Guide
    • Quiz 2 & Instructions
  • 4
    When To Use the Radio
    • Section Overview
    • Video
    • Quiz 3 & Instructions
  • 5
    Radio Communication References
    • Useful Links
  • 6
    Final Test
    • Final Test & Instructions

  About the Instructor

  • Russell Holtz

    Russell Holtz

    Russell is the author of two well-respected and widely-used soaring flight training books in the United States - the Glider Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge and the Flight Training Manual for Glider Pilots.

    Russell grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.

    He obtained his Private Pilot Certificate in gliders in 1995, in airplanes in 1996, his Commercial Certificate in Gliders in 1998, and his Certified Flight Instructor rating in gliders in 1999. He completed the FAI Silver Badge requirements in 1997, and the Gold and Diamond requirements in 1998. Russell has given over 2,800 hours of primary, cross-country, contest, and aerobatic flight instruction, and has over 4,000 hours total time in gliders.

    Russell's passion for understanding and communicating soaring knowledge is evident in his teaching.