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Features March 2015 Issue

Listen Up

Talking on the radio is, of course, only half of the equation. It goes without saying that if you’re flying in new airspace and into a new airport, you’ve got to be actively listening for your call sign and related instructions. What may not be so obvious is maintaining that same level of attentiveness when you’re flying in your own backyard.

I got a perfect illustration of this just a few weeks ago on a pretty VFR morning. I was training a new controller on Ground. We had a pair of aircraft waiting to cross the active runway: Piper Meridian 45J at Hotel, and Lear Jet 86C much further down the runway, holding short at Bravo. The Lear driver was a local, who flew out of our airport nearly every day.

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