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Features September 2013 Issue

Uh-Oh, Nordo

Usually temporary, always a bother, no matter what the problem or duration, there are prescribed actions for losing communications—and a lot of room for interpretation.

My student and I were on an IFR flight. Nearing our destination, it occurred to me that we hadn’t heard from ATC in a while, so I called them. No answer. I opened the squelch and tried again. Nobody home. Could we both have missed a radio call? I tried calling ATC on the frequency on the approach plate and got a booming, clear reply. No mention of being out of contact. To this day…

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