Say Again? #12:
A Week in the Life
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AVweb's Don Brown has spent the last year or so giving us pilots suggestions based on what he sees on his side of the scope. But did you ever wonder what a regular day is like for him? A cup of coffee in a dark, quiet room while bossing pilots around? Acid-reflux-inducing tin-pushing early-retirement insanity? Actually, there's no such thing as a regular day ... . More

Say Again? #11:
I Think, Therefore I Rant
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AVweb's Don Brown has been attending safety meetings and training sessions again and the news is not altogether good. Deals are up and the situation is not likely to improve as capacity problems worsen. Something's gotta change and it will probably have to be the way that pilots and controllers communicate with one another. Don discusses the why and the how in this month's "Say Again." More

Say Again? #10:
ATC 201 — IFR Departure
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You can't play the game unless you can get on base and, sometimes, even that task seems insurmountable. So it goes with instrument flying. AVweb's Don Brown examines what it takes to get your ducks on the pond in this month's "Say Again." More

Say Again? #9:
Maiden and Me
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Every so often, a major radar outage makes the headlines. Flights are delayed, safety is compromised and some news reporter theorizes that it's time for a major upgrade to our national system. Just how bad is it, anyway? For an insider's view, read what Don Brown has to say in this month's "Say Again." More

Say Again? #8:
Air Traffic Chaos
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It's that time of year again. The moist Gulf air and the Arctic air collide somewhere east of Phoenix and lines of thunderstorms rise into the flight levels. You've skirted more than a few of them over the years and know how it turned out for you; but how did it work out for the guys who opted for the other route. AVweb's Don Brown knows. He was watching the entire mess unfold on his CRT. If you want to hear from someone who's seen it all, don't miss the latest installment of "Say Again." More

Say Again? #7:
ATC 102 — Blue Sky IFR
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ATC101 covered some of the elementary aspects of pilot-controller communications. ATC102 picks up where the the last class ended, building on the topics, exploring new subjects and laying out a new series of Do's and Don'ts. Don Brown, the NATCA Safety Representative at the Atlanta Air Route Traffic Control Center, fills us in. More

Say Again? #6:
Decisions, Decisions ...
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Ever seen a controller stop off at 31-Flavors at the end of a shift? No? Ever wonder why? By the end of the day, evening, or night (as the case may be), that friendly voice on the ATC frequency has been making several decisions a minute for eight hours or so. The ATC decision-making process has a profound impact on those of us who fly within the system. Don Brown, the NATCA Safety Representative at the Atlanta Air Route Traffic Control Center, fills us in. More

Say Again? #5:
To Grandma's House We Go
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Heading home for the holidays? Seasonal deteriorating weather and overcrowded airways will make flying a challenge. It's not an easy time of year for ATC either. Don Brown, the NATCA Safety Representative at the Atlanta Air Route Traffic Control Center, discusses the pitfalls and pratfalls that accompany holiday air travel. More

Say Again? #4:
Tape Talk
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More than many other activities, air traffic control depends on the quick, easy understanding of the spoken word, often over a scratchy, static-filled frequency that even Marconi himself wouldn't recognize. That's why there are written procedures that cover ATC communications. Don Brown, the NATCA Safety Representative at the Atlanta Air Route Traffic Control Center, explains why the procedures are the way they are. More

Say Again? #3:
ATC 101
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To the controller trainee, ATC presents almost as many mysteries as it does to the average pilot. Two of these mysteries involve handoffs and VFR flight following, which can often arise at the same time. Believe it or not, there is method to the madness. Using some real-life examples and the Aeronautical Information Manual, Don Brown, the NATCA Safety Representative at the Atlanta Air Route Traffic Control Center, explains all. More