Episode 7 – Radio Telephony

Radio Telephony, RT, is the subject of episode 7 of the Ready for Departure podcast. Steve explains how the RT qualification fits into the PPL syllabus and he talks about his experiences with the two exams, the written test and the practical aural examination with a CAA examiner. Using real-world examples of RT from City Airport Manchester (Barton), Steve explains some of the most common RT calls and how he learned the phraseology.

Steve highlights the importance of listening to the radio as well as getting the calls right and refers to the example youtube video below, courtesy of Touchdown Point. The RT bible, CAP 413, Steve mentions in this podcast episode can be downloaded in PDF format here.

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Episode 6 – weather

In this episode Steve discusses how the weather has played an important part in his flight training, whilst working towards the UK NPPL pilots licence. As well as talking about the meteorology exam that must be passed as part of the syllabus, Steve goes into how poor weather disrupted his training and how he took advantage of weather windows in order to make progress with his training. As Steve is a microlight pilot, he operates from a grass airfield and not only was Steve grounded during poor weather days, but at many times for several days after some bad weather, while he waited for the grass runways to recover.

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Episode 5 – Overhead join

Join Steve for Episode 5 of the Ready for Departure podcast where he talks about his experiences trying to perform the overhead join for the first time. This was something that was a bit of a struggle to understand, however, after watching some videos, doing some reading and discussing the overhead join with his instructor, Steve was able to finally understand how it was supposed to be done, before performing it himself correctly and safely for the first time.

Mastering the overhead join is an absolute must before leaving the circuit solo, so its a crucial step in the learning process.

The YouTube video by the ‘Flying Reporter’ referred to in this weeks podcast episode is shown below.

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Episode 4 – Goin’ solo

In episode 4 of the Ready for Departure podcast, student pilot Steve Middleton describes his first solo. Steve discusses the build up to the solo and his feelings as he finally pulled it off, including a small issue as he came around to line up for his landing after one circuit.

 

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