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.
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.