ATP VFR+IFR 6-month and Comms Manual

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Item 1: ARSim Access

This is a six (6) month access to the VFR and IFR comms training content and airport database of the PlaneEnglish Aviation Radio Simulator, ARSim.

Access includes BASICS mode, VFR mode, IFR mode, as well as the TRAINER mode and airport database of over 400 airports (including ATP school locations).

In BASICS mode, users can learn and practice the foundations of aviation radio communication, from the pronunciation of numbers, the phonetic alphabet, and the phraseology for making requests and reading back clearances and instructions. In this mode, there are 88 lessons organized into eight modules that gradually expose pilots to aviation phraseology and radio procedures.

In VFR mode, users can learn and practice most of the aviation communication phraseology and procedures that they may encounter during a VFR flight. In this mode, there are 52 lessons grouped into seven modules that cover all phases of flight: taxi out, takeoff, flight plan, flight following, airspace entrance, approach, and taxi in.

In IFR mode, users can learn and practice most of the aviation communication phraseology and procedures that they may encounter during an IFR flight. In this mode, there are 92 lessons organized into eight modules that cover all IFR phases of flight: clearance requests, departures, enroute, approaches, and landing.

In TRAINER mode, users can take advantage of a built-in training curriculum to advance through increasingly complex levels to train in all phases of VFR and IFR flight. Advancement to higher levels requires passing Stage Checks, which serve as an assessment of users' radio proficiency and offer the opportunity to earn your radio proficiency wings.

Once you complete the purchase you will receive an email with the access key and instructions for activating it on your device. The timer on your access will begin only when you activate your access key.

When the access has expired, you can simply purchase another access key to continue your training.

Item 2: The Easy Route to Aviation Radio Proficiency (hard copy + pdf)

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? 

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

Wherever you are along your flying adventure, we wish you blue skies. Stay Sharp on the Mic!