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Waggle
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« on: August 17, 2004, 06:42:53 PM »

Hi,

I am an avid flight sim pilot using FS2004. I've been able to get my head around the terms used in FS2004 ATC speak but when I listen to real ATC's I am unable to understand 90% of the dialoge.

Are there any websites that are designed to get people up to speed with ATC talk? I tried looking at some government sites but they are even less understandable than the ATC. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2004, 07:59:46 PM »

Find an ATC training book.  Should be available in any major public library system, or Amazon if unable to find.
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2004, 12:26:24 AM »

Also, if you hear anything specific that you are unable to understand, feel free to ask here.  I'm sure myself or someone else will be more than willing to explain if we can.
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2004, 11:54:24 AM »

Well, much of the problem I'm having is that there is frequently so much static and/or they are speaking so fast that it's difficult to make out anything at all.

I did hear a controller mentioning a "base turn". I've never heard that term before. What is he refering to?
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2004, 12:04:27 PM »

a "base" turn is when traffic in the pattern turns from flying parellel to the runway to turning towards it.


since you are a simmer (as am i. I am also a real world pilot) imagine when you are doing pattern work at am airport and after flying next to the runway you turn towards it before you turn to face the runway.  That's your base turn.

look here for an idea  http://www.scandva.org/ops/proc/pattern.htm[/url]
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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2004, 12:30:49 PM »

Thanks. That makes sense. I do remember that now that you mention it.
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