Webinar video: Talk to an Air Traffic Controller

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With Eddie Albert – Cincinnati Air Traffic Controller

It’s not uncommon for pilots to have some fear of interacting with Air Traffic Control (ATC) often concerned with making a mistake or of being judged by others on frequency. Not only is that the wrong attitude, but can also deprive you of valuable services and even compromise safety. Controllers are humans just like pilots, and they’re actually there to help. Join ATC Specialist Eddy Albert from Cincinnati Approach Control and learn what controllers expect from pilots, plus some tips for your next request to ATC (see below for shortcuts to specific training topics in the presentation).

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4:55 How Covid-19 has affected Air Traffic Control and US Airspace

7:38 Life as an Air Traffic Controller

12:18 Are controllers typically pilots too?

17:01 Tower and Ground procedures

17:35 Clearance Delivery

21:16 Tips for talking to ground control and taxi procedures

34:39 Class B & C Airspace operations (entry and transitions)

43:54 En Route procedures

54:07 What the controller sees on the radar scope (traffic and weather)

1:02:30 ADS-B from a controller’s perspective

1:06:25 IFR and instrument approach considerations

1:14:52 VFR Flight Following

1:22:10 Pilot concerns and additional FAQs

1:27:50 Training Resources

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It was his first airplane trip at age seven that made Eric decide to become a pilot. "While boarding the airplane, a flight attendant noticed my interest in the flight deck and urged me to go talk to the pilot. I give a lot of credit to that pilot for my career choice." He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and went on to an airline career. Eric now heads Sporty’s flight school and directs the University of Cincinnati’s Professional Pilot Training Program. In addition, Eric serves as a Captain in Sporty’s corporate flight department.