Civil Aviation : Radio & Radar in Airplane Aviation

Civil Aviation : Radio & Radar in Airplane Aviation


Okay, what we were just listening to there
is the automated weather observation station here at the airport. A big factor in flying
safely is obviously communications. So that’s why we have a couple of radios within the
aircraft. And one of the things we’d be checking prior to flight would be the ground-based
conditions here that we would get over an automated station at an airport such as this.
If we’re going, going into a tower-controlled airport, there might also be a frequency there
where they would be giving us similar information, but it would be updated by an actual human
observer about once an hour. The radios that are in this aircraft are pretty representative
of a lot of general aviation planes. We have one GPS receiver, and we have an additional
NAVCOM radio in the number two position. The aircraft is also equipped with distance measuring
equipment, and of course our transponder is a fairly important piece of equipment as far
as ATC’s concerned because what this does — this allows us to put a series of numbers
into the unit which can be seen on a radar scope. So when we are traveling en route to
another airport and we’re going to be in radar coverage, a controller can simply have us
put in what’s called a squawk code — a four digit code — and he can identify our position,
our altitude, and he knows what our intentions are. And, of course, that in turn makes flying
so much safer.

3 thoughts on “Civil Aviation : Radio & Radar in Airplane Aviation

  1. I'm confuded – Why does he point to the GPS when he's talking about DME and to the VOR indicator when he's talking about the transponder?

  2. Thank you for posting this. I've been looking for this for awhile now. Could you please do a segment on proper radio etiquette and terminology. Thank you

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