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5 More Things ATC Wants You to Know

2 weeks ago we discussed the topic of tips from ATC. After surveying some air traffic controllers, they provided advice for talking on the radios and things they really dislike that pilots do.

Well, the feedback on this was so good I mentioned doing part two. So here it is! 


1) Emergency

If you're ever in distress for any reason, tell your controller. They can't help if they don't know what's going on. Maybe you have an electrical issue and are having to pop some circuit breakers before you get to the next assigned task or it's as drastic as losing an engine. But whatever the reason, even if it's not yet a full-blown emergency and you need some assistance from ATC, don't be afraid to just let them know.


2) Pop Up IFR

If you need a pop-up IFR, also sometimes referred to as a local IFR request, just ask for it. Some pilots will advise never to do that because it adds extra workload to controllers having to take that information from you, put it in the system then give you clearance. Sure, it does take a little extra time to do that work, but if you think it'll jeopardize safety, then do it. ATC would rather take the time to give you that clearance than you try and stay VFR and get into trouble. It truly only takes a few extra steps and if they aren't busy it isn't that big of a deal. Just have required information ready to read off such as name, phone number, the color of your aircraft, souls on board, fuel remaining, etc.

3) Request on Check In

When you're en-route and have a switch off between frequencies, most pilots' first instinct is to check in and advise of any requests they want then and there. "Center N224JW flight level 320 requesting direct destination."

Believe it or not, in most cases on that first initial check in with the new frequency, you're likely still in the last sector's airspace. This means for your new controller, most requests have to be called in and coordinated before authorizing it. So if you check in, it's busy, and you want to help ATC out, wait a minute or two before calling back if the request isn't urgent and you're more likely to get it off the bat.

4) Approach Check In

Another check in tip! When you're checking in with approach, try and give them all the required information you know they'll ask for so they don't have to play 20 questions. "Approach, N10JM 17,000 descending via the GESSNER4 arrival, information foxtrot for ILS 13R." 

Here they don't need to ask if you've gotten the ATIS and they know what approach you're wanting so they can be ready for it. 

5) Expedite

If a controller asks you to expedite through an altitude and report your current level, they actually needed that like 5 seconds ago. Don't delay on the expedite or reading it back to them. Seems simple but the issue occurs pretty commonly and this is where both teams need to work together.

This concludes just about all of the main talking points that were sent in. If you have any questions for ATC, things you as a controller would like to add, or questions/comments in general, comment below or send it in to us! 


2011 should be a year of celebration for the ladies among us


August 2011 will be the 100th Anniversary of the first U.S. woman to qualify as an aviator. Ms. Harriet Quimby was her name, and she was a photojournalist from San Francisco, California. After being assigned by a weekly journal to cover the Belmont Park (New York) International Aviation Tournament for a feature story, like many of us today, Harriet immediately became smitten by aviation, and soon started taking flying lessons.

Ms. Quimby is not credited with being the first women in the world to receive her pilot’s licence - this place in history went to the French aviatrix Baroness de la Roche, a little over a year before Harriet made the history books in this country. Ms. Quimby is still a strong beacon to women who decide to follow a path into aviation either as a sport, or as a career.

On August 1st, 1911, pilot certificate number 37 was awarded by the Aero Club of America to Ms. Quimby. She was the second female pilot in the world, and the first in the United States.

After demonstrating her skills as an aviator across the U.S. to inspire other women to learn to fly, she attempted to make history again by becoming the first women to fly across the English Channel borrowing an aircraft from the famed Louis Bleriot, who had first claimed the title of World’s First ‘Cross Channel Pilot’ earlier in 1909. She is also credited with being the first women to have ever flown at night.

Unfortunately Ms. Quimby’s career was short lived. This inspirational lady pilot had a fatal mishap during a demonstration flight over Boston Harbour in July of 1912, when she and her passenger fell from their aircraft (they probably were not strapped-in) while circling the Boston Lighthouse. Her momentous career as one of the most famous lady pilots came to an end after only eleven months of flying as a pilot in-command.

Since Ms. Quimby was the first women to set foot on the new aviation pathway, thousands of women have followed her footsteps and made their own way in history. Some of the most notable ladies include: Ruth Law, Marjorie Stinson, Mary Riddle, Florence Lowe ‘Pancho’ Barnes, Amelia Earhart, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Ruth Nichols, Helen Richey, Willa Brown, Bessie Coleman, Beryl Markham, Elinor Smith, Jacqueline Cochran, Nancy Harkness Love, Emily Howell Warner, Mary Barr, Sally Murphy, Lynn Rippelmeyer, Beverly Burns, Jeana Yeager, Jackie Parker, and Patty Wagstaff to name a few.100th Anniversary of the first U.S. woman to qualify as an aviator.

Since women started flying 100 years ago, they have always had to jump more hurdles than men, in their quest to become career aviators. Much of this is due to sexism. Obviously like any other minority in an industry, women in aviation have often associated with other women of their like-mind, and therefore several organizations have been formed to help connect the dots between all aviatrixes. The most famous female aviation organization remains the ‘Ninety-Nines’, so named  because at the very first meeting of this long-standing and successful organization in 1929, 99 licensed lady pilots were in attendance.


Other organizations, groups, associations and historical societies specific to the role of women in aviation that have also been formed over the past 100 years include: Women in Corporate Aviation, Women in Aviation International, Women in Aviation Maintenance, Girls With Wings, International Aviation Women’s Association, International Women’s Air and Space Museum, Women Airforce Service Pilots Collection, The Arizona Ruth Reinhold Collection, The George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers, The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library – Jacqueline Cochran Collection, NASA Oral History Project: Aviatrix Pioneers, Women in Aviation Club, Memphis Belles Organization, The Women Fly Project, ALPA: Cleared to Dream-Women in Aviation, Aviation and Women in Europe, The Leadership Development For Women In Aviation In Africa, WomenVenture, The Harriet Quimby Research Centre, Professional Women Controllers, Women Soaring Pilots Association, Association of Flight Attendants, Australian Women Pilots Association, British Women Pilots Association, Clipped Wings, International Society of Women Airline Pilots, Japan Women’s Association of Aeronautics, National Sundowners, New Zealand Association of Women in Aviation, Technical Women’s Organization, The International Forest of Friendship, The Jerrie Cobb Foundation, The Mercury 13, TWA Clipped Wings, Whirly Girls, Women in the Military, and Women Military Aviators.

I can honestly say that from my personal experience, lady pilots are the best pilots that I have ever flown with, or have been flown by. The usual pushback that most women experience when pursuing a professional career in aviation, is in my mind both archaic, and embarrassing. So much so, that I joined and am a member of Women In Corporate Aviation, so I can try and be part of the solution, instead of part of the problem, that most lady aviators face. This new year of 2011 is an ideal opportunity for all us to be mindful of female aviators, and to salute all Aviatrix-minded women, and if we can, to also give them a helpful push in the right direction. I raise my glass and toast you all, especially Ms. Quimby who started it all in this great country, the U.S.A.

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