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
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Thanks to Daniel Valovich for this great shot of a Pitts. We're getting great pictures but some of the descriptions leave a lot to be desired. Set the scene for our readers. Tell us the type of plane, name of the pilot, if you know, where the photo was taken and what was going on at the time. You'll have a much better chance of getting your photo published.