This pilot resource and ground school training aid includes multiple copies of 32 blank communications templates for all phases of flights, template descriptions and tips, and examples that match all the phases of IFR flight from takeoff to landing. Patterned after the successful VFR Communications Kit, the IFR Communications Kit is also meant to ease the stress of communicating clearly and efficiently while flying.
If you desire to learn correct and efficient air communication phraseology, the resources and learning strategies in the VFR and/or IFR Communication Kits are the tools for you! Just after a few IFR practice approaches or practice holdings you will say and hear the difference.
If you follow the actions listed below, you will become an accomplished aviation communicator quickly and without a lot of stress;
1. If at all possible, secure a copy of the VFR and/or IFR Communications Kit BEFORE your first ground school class and your first flight training session. This may be an ideal goal, but try to get one or both of the Kits as soon as possible.
2. Read and review the following sections of the book BEFORE your first ground school class and your first flight training session;
a. Suggested Users – Student Pilots ..(1 minute),
b. Template Description and Tips and the accompanying actual template blanks ..(30 – 45 minutes),
c. Template Assembly Instructions ..(5 minutes),
d. VFR -- Airport Approach and Departure Communication Guide or IFR Communications Template Guide ..(5 minutes),
e. VFR – Assembled Templates Example or IFR – Sample Flights 1, 2, and 3 ..10 minutes).
You will spend less than an hour reading and reviewing the Kit. This time spent will literally save you hours of flight training and reduce your stress.
3. Bring your Kit with you to your ground school. Show it to your Ground School Instructor. He or she may wish to learn more about the Kit.He or she may also wish to contact us directly.
4. Ask your Ground School Instructor if he or she wants to incorporate the Kit into the ‘Airspace and Communications’ component of the ground school for all the students. Another less formal option may be for you to show the Ground School Instructor and the class, how to construct a communications ‘script’ based upon local conditions and your particular flight school’s protocols.
5. Show the Kit to your CFI and explain how it is supposed to be used while flying. He or she may wish to learn more about the Kit.He or she may also wish to contact us directly
6. Prepare a communications ‘script’ for your next flight session. You should do this at the same time that you conduct your other preflight requirements. You will usually do these activities within 12 hours of the flight mission.
Practice the communications ‘script’ several times. You may wish to have a colleague listen to you for accuracy.
7. Present your prepared preflight materials, including your communications ‘script’, to your CFI for review and any editing changes that may be required. Be sure to have secured the script to your knee-board, lap-board, or binder. A cockpit is a busy place, so place your script in an easy to use and comfortable position. Your CFI will be of great help with this issue.
8. At each point in your flight session where a communication is required, you should quickly refer to the appropriate template in your script before speaking. After a few flights your delivery of the proper communications will become smoother and smoother. It just takes practice.
There will be times when the next communication from ATC will require you to do a ‘readback.’ Please note that the templates are set up as complete sentences with sections left open to be filled in by you. Just fill in the information supplied by ATC on the template and do a quick ‘readback.’
If you have practiced your script several times, then the script’s templates will quickly become like ‘note cards for a speech.’ For example, there will be some templates that you will rarely refer to while speaking, while others, such as the Clearance Delivery template, may be read back very often.
Since the script will have been prepared to match the sequence of the flight session, all you need to do is turn over the template pages with each communication to keep up and stay on track.
You may encounter communications from ATC and other pilots that you have not prepared for. Your CFI will help with these in the beginning. Listen to how those communications are performed and note the words, phrases, and sentences used.
9. At the end of the flight session, be sure to ask your CFI to critique all your communications. This critique will point to areas of competency and areas where more practice is needed. Note the CFI’s communications suggestions so that the next flight will go even smoother. Don’t be discouraged! Within just a few flights your communications during all phases of flight will be efficient and correct. REALLY!
10. Until you are told otherwise, prepare a complete communications ‘script’ for each flight session. Remember that you are not required to read the script verbatim! If you practice your communications before each flight, only selected templates of the script will need to be used on occasion during the flights. Your CFI will let you know when you no longer need to bring along your complete script.
That is not to say that the script can’t be used in the future. On the contrary, many pilots continue to prepare and use complete or partial scripts long after their training is completed.
11. Don’t hesitate to ask for help or make comments about the communications portion of your flight training to your CFI.
So there you have it. Just eleven steps to becoming a great aviation communicator!
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
IFR Communications Kit is currently self-published by Hugh C. Ward, Jr. through his education and training educational consulting group known as H. C. Ward, Co. Founded in 1980, they specialize in educational resources and software applications training.From the Author:
"MIKE FRIGHT" can happen to anyone!
While other communications training resources are good for practice on the ground, the IFR Communication Kit, (and it's companion book the VFR Communications Kit), is the only aviation communications training aide and pilot resources meant to be used while flying!
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Book Description H. C. Ward Company, Deland, Florida, 2000. Soft Cover. Signed as follows by both authors on the back cover by their pictures: "Have a safe flight/W. O. Wallace/ Safe Skies/H. C. Ward; " not personalized to anyone. This kit is designed to provide the general aviation and student commercial pilot guidance to formulate and send, receive and understand Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) phraseology from Air Traffic Control (ATC) facilities. The templates are designed to cover all phases of IFR flight. Spiral bound, 108 pages. A nice signed copy. Signed By Both Authors. Bookseller Inventory # 0003372