It's no secret that the Global Positioning System (GPS) has made life much easier for pilots. What might be a secret is that it's made life much tougher for controllers, who now must spend more time than ever coordinating with other sectors and facilities. Don Brown, the Safety Representative For NATCA at the Atlanta Air Route Traffic Control Center, explains all. More
One of the keys for a pilot to become effective and safe in today's airspace is concise communication. The "party-line" communication system with which most pilots and controllers must contend on a daily basis sometimes hampers and sometimes enhances safety. As Don Brown, the Safety Representative For NATCA at the Atlanta Air Route Traffic Control Center explains in his first regular column for AVweb, using the radio effectively is a skill that both controllers and pilots must master. More
I suspect AFF instructor Sheldon McFarlane was as uncomfortable being called a hero as most of us would be in that situation. I'd call him a skilled professional doing his job. More
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