CFI Tips: ATC Communication


Many students, and even experienced pilots, experience some trepidation in interacting with ATC. After all, we want to get it right and sound like a pro. But you can’t be afraid of making a mistake and remember, there’s another person just like you on the other end. Sporty’s CFI, Patrick Regner, offers some pointed advice for your next ATC interaction.

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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.