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Features December 2018 Issue

ATC Radios and Sectors

The Enhanced Terminal Voice Switch, similar to an aircraft audio panel, allows controllers to select the frequencies to use.

ATC Radios and Sectors

ATC radios can be confusing. Sometimes you can hear other aircraft, but not the controller, and sometimes the opposite. And what’s up with “change to my frequency”?

Another day, same drill, but the controller is talking to another airplane on another frequency, so you might hear “say again” more than once. ATC is often tasked to use multiple frequencies at once. It’s not the easiest thing to do with people talking on both, but we adapt and prioritize. One way we adapt to prioritizing is by the airplane’s speed. The faster they are going, the more likely it is that I need to get to them first before they enter another controller’s airspace without coordination.

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