My flight on Thursday was history in the making – it was the first time I was let loose on the radios to air traffic control. It was a good flight and when my instructor said ‘right, time to go back’ I couldn’t believe it. The lessons always go so quick. We covered climbs, power-off descents and medium turns (up to 30 degrees of bank). I was looking forward to having a go at landing but we were short of time and the sun was getting low in the sky – and directly lined up with the runway we would be approaching which would make it difficult for anyone to land, never mind a first timer!
I downloaded and compiled my radio calls to the tower from liveatc.net so everyone can have a good laugh. You can tell from the calls that I am an absolute beginner. That’s okay though, the tower controllers were patient and helpful. Have a listen! One of my friends was on the tower frequency at the time and had a good laugh at my ‘arrival’ call.
Everything up to that point was okay, a little hesitation here and there but nothing too bad. Listen out for Warrior 271SG, that’s me! I’m pretty inconsistent with my call sign, I sometimes miss bits off or give more than the tower was looking for. Once they have addressed me as Warrior 1SG I can use that but I forgot! Once I have my hold short instructions from the tower you can hear Airship Snoopy Two call up. I had to leave that in there because if I had to pick any voice for an airship pilot – that one would be it!
Straight after that you can hear me call up the tower to state my position and tell them I want to land. It wasn’t really that quick, I just cut out the bits inbetween. Instead of saying ‘…two miles south of the gap with information sierra inbound for full stop’ which means I want to land I said: ‘…two miles south of the gap fooooooooor…arrival?’ Ha! It sounds as if I was asking the tower what I wanted. After that things start getting a little busy so my instructor takes over. There are two aircraft in front off us to land so we have to listen and look out for where they are.
My radio calls on friday were a lot better from what I could tell, I’ll post them when I get them put together. I’ve just discovered a problem with my keyboard – sometimes it prints the letter I have pressed twice and sometimes not at all. That needs fixing quick and I have no idea where to start.
Thanks to liveatc.net for the recording.