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)
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
– Air Pressure
– Local and Global Wind Patterns
– Clouds and Cloud types
– Low clouds, High Clouds, Middle Clouds, Fog
– Precipitation and its causes
– Frontals and Frontal Weather
4. Weather Hazards
– Thunderstorms and types of thunderstorms
– Thunderstorm life cycle
– Hail and Tornadoes
It took two classes to cover the weather, but there you have it, the information covered in the last three Ground School classes.