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Features May 2012 Issue

Thanked, Spanked, or Dead

The frequency is canít-get-a-word-in-edgewise busy and ATCís call was unclear, blocked or just missing. You think you know whatís next, but youíre not sure. What should you do?

What do you do when youíre only 90-percent sure you know what ATC wants? Some folks would just do what they think they were told. Others would tryóno matter how futilelyó to get a clarification. Still others would do nothing, assuming the controller will call back because they didnít acknowledge the instruction.

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