PlaneEnglish / AR Sim - Aviation Radio Simulator

"The Easy Route to Aviation Radio Proficiency"

ARSim Pilot-ATC Comms Overview

ARSim Features and Benefits


PlaneEnglish is a fantastic tool. I got my PPL about 9 months ago. This app helped me a lot with getting more comfortable talking to ATC. I’m now getting the IFR subscription and am using it to get familiar with Approaches etc. [H]ighly recommend this tool

– ARSim user

“This practice helps both in understanding what Air Traffic Control is trying to tell you and what you need to tell them. Radio comms is a highly choreographed exchange, and this app teaches you how to dance!”

– ARSim user

I’ve made more progress in radio comms by using this app for 1 hour versus 15 hours of flying… In my last lesson my instructor commented on my improvement in comms!”

– ARSim user

“I started working through the lessons, and OMG it made such a huge difference! I went from a big ol’ bundle of nerves to being able to listen and respond [to ATC] calmly…and even clarified with ATC when they told me the incorrect runway. Being able to practice with AI instead of a human took the pressure off and really calmed my anxiety! It also made the transition to real ATC even easier!”

– Kat P.

“In my 30 years of Air Force aircrew training experience, this may be the best application of technology I have seen for the express purpose of getting our students up to speed quickly in the aviation communication skills they will need to operate successfully in training.”

– Retired Air Force pilot instructor

ARSim Pricing

12 Month Access

$4.99 per month

$59.99 billed once

6 Month Access

$6.67 per month

$39.99 billed once

1 Month Access

$9.99 per month

$9.99 billed once

12 Month Access

$6.67 per month

$79.99 billed once

6 Month Access

$8.33 per month

$49.99 billed once

1 Month Access

$13.99 per month

$13.99 billed once

12 Month Access

$7.99 per month

$95.99 billed once

6 Month Access

$10.83 per month

$64.99 billed once

1 Month Access

$15.99 per month

$15.99 billed once

Take a look at a sample of the manual before purchasing.

The dictum “Aviate, Navigate, Communicate” reminds pilots to keep their priorities straight: fly the airplane first. But good communication—called radiotelephony in aviation—is an essential aspect of flying safety, and for many it’s the most daunting, especially for students and low-time pilots. In many ways, learning radiotelephony is like learning a new language (even if it is, technically, English). The good news is that mastering communications as a pilot is easier than you might expect—and even, believe it or not, fun—with the right tools and opportunities to practice. 

You’re looking at one of those tools, a companion manual to our popular PlaneEnglish Aviation Radio Simulator (ARSim).

This manual focuses on the radio communications you are likely to encounter under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) conditions. It is designed to teach you aviation phraseology and guide you through the PlaneEnglish ARSim to practice what you learn. When you are learning communications, it may feel a lot like rote memorization. But this manual encourages you to learn the meaning behind what you’re saying. In other words, what are you accomplishing through a transmission? What information are you sharing with Air Traffic Control (ATC)? And what information is ATC giving you?

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About PlaneEnglish

As private pilots, we at PlaneEnglish know the struggle many students face trying to learn how to master radio communications. It’s one of the most important aspects of flight training. Yet it often gets the least attention.

Learning communication in the air and repeating phrases given by an instructor, doesn’t build confidence. And it can overwhelm a student focused on a hundred other things (like flying the airplane). More importantly, rote memorization doesn’t teach you how to respond quickly, and confidently, to the rapidly changing situations you may find yourself in while flying.

There are other resources that broadcast airport frequencies and explain aviation communication. But people learn best by practicing, in real time, under myriad circumstances: on the ground, approach, or departure; at different airports; and with variable weather and pattern traffic. So in 2018 we founded PlaneEnglish to create ARSim Aviation Radio Simulator, an Android, iOS, and web-based simulator launched in 2019 and dedicated to helping pilots master the aviation radio outside of the cockpit and the classroom. For about the price of 5 minutes of flight time, ARSim provides students with superior, engaging, real-world comms training, in both FAA and ICAO phraseology standards, that can be completed at their own pace or as part of a formal ground school curriculum.

While ARSim has really taken off, PlaneEnglish is evolving to offer even further enhanced communication training. In August 2020 we published a manual to vastly speed up student pilots’ mastery of Air Traffic Control communications, especially as part of formal ground or flight school instruction. Used alone or as a companion to ARSim, The Easy Route to Aviation Radio Proficiency: VFR Training Manual with Activities Using ARSim Aviation Radio Simulator offers even more in-depth information about phraseology, procedures, and scenarios that parallel those in our app-based simulator.

Much more is in the works. And it’s all driven by our shared goal of making pilot training accessible and interactive, so pilots have the opportunity to master the skills necessary for a lifetime of safe and enjoyable flying.

Meet Your PlaneEnglish Copilots

Muharrem Mane is CEO of PlaneEnglish. He is a graduate of Purdue University’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics in the College of Engineering. He previously developed optimization tools for technology evaluation, systems analysis, and strategic decision-making. He has led work assessing the environmental impacts of aviation technologies and the utilization of large fleets of aircraft. He is a private pilot working on his IFR rating.

Favorite flying moment: Logging 0.75 hours of air combat maneuvers in the back seat of a T-38C and taking the controls on the flight back to the airport. “My stomach was intact!”

Eren Hadimioglu is Vice President of Content Development at PlaneEnglish. He is a graduate of Purdue’s School of Aviation Technology and has a background in aviation management with a focus in aviation safety, rules, and regulations. He is an instrument-rated private pilot with more than 800 hours of flying experience and holds an FCC restricted radio operator license.

Favorite flying moment: Flying into Class Bravo airspace (with proper clearance) and requesting a touch and go.

Sam Dickson is a Development Partner at PlaneEnglish. A graduate of Purdue’s School of Computer Science, he has extensive experience developing custom mobile applications that span from user experience design to content strategy, as well as a strong background in computer security. Sam is a student pilot pursing a private pilot’s license.

Favorite flying moment: During his first cross-country flight, when he was cleared to fly into SFO class B, he flew really low over San Francisco.

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