Radar, ATC and Meteorology for Pilots


I haven’t written about what was covered in my last three Ground Classes. I won’t bore you with all the details, so I’ll just briefly jot down the main points covered so you can get an idea.

1. Radar and Air Traffic Control Services

– Radar (Radio detection and ranging) – What is radar and how it is used.

– Transponder Operation – Transponder Phraseology

– Airport Surveillance Radar

– Air Rout Surveillance Radar

– VFR Radar Services – Radar Traffic Information Service

– Safety Alerts and Radar Assistance to VFR Aircraft

– Terminal VFR Radar Service

– Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS) and Flight Service Stations

2. Radio Procedures

– VHF Communication Equipment – Transreceivers (Combination of a radio and a receiver)

– Using the radio e.g. when requesting takeoff state: Who you are, where you are, what you want to do.

– Phonetic Alphabet

– Using numbers on the radio

– Coordinated Universal Time (UTC also known as ZULU time)

– Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF)

– UNICOM

I’ll end this section here as I also want to mention the other topic of Meteorology.

3. Meteorology for Pilots

– The Atmosphere (Thermosphere, Mesosphere, Stratosphere, Tropopause and Troposphere)

– Atmospheric composition and Stability

– Temperature

– Air Pressure

– Local and Global Wind Patterns

– Clouds and Cloud types

– Low clouds, High Clouds, Middle Clouds, Fog

– Precipitation and its causes

– Airmasses

– Frontals and Frontal Weather

4. Weather Hazards

– Thunderstorms and types of thunderstorms

– Thunderstorm life cycle

– Turbulence

– Lightening

– Hail and Tornadoes

– Wind

It took two classes to cover the weather, but there you have it, the information covered in the last three Ground School classes.

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