About the Book
The Pilot's Guide to Air Traffic Control tells real-life ATC stories from the controller's point of view that everyone from aviation enthusiasts to airline pilots can enjoy and learn from.
Are you someone who has always stopped to look up when you see an airplane flying overhead? How about when you see all the airplanes at the airport, do you ever wonder where they are all going and how they get there? The Pilot's Guide to Air Traffic Control offers a rare glimpse into the hidden world of Air Traffic Control (ATC)! With hundreds of pages of real-life ATC stories, this book will interest anyone from the airline passenger without enough leg room to the professional pilot!
For decades, pilots have learned how to communicate with ATC from their flight instructors, who learned from their flight instructors. Have you ever had the chance to learn radio communication technique from an air traffic controller? What about from an air traffic controller who is also a pilot?
Prior to diving into the information packed chapters, the book begins with a detailed prologue that walks the reader through a basic understanding of the air traffic control system. It includes the various types of ATC facilities and services, different types of airspace, radar systems, plus how controllers work together both in their own facilities and between facilities.
Next, The Pilot's Guide to Air Traffic Control has 32 chapters, all with multiple stories, telling real-life, behind the scenes stories of what really happens.
The Pilot's Guide to Air Traffic Control teaches from cover to cover. Aviation enthusiasts will have a much better understanding of all that ATC does to keep the flying public safe and pilots will gain a deeper understanding allowing them to perfect their craft!
The perspective and opinions given are that of the Author alone and may vary from those of the Federal Aviation Administration.
It normally takes many years of experience to learn what Andy teaches in this book. These lessons are not only important for pilots at every level, but it is enjoyable to see the behind the scenes view of air traffic control! Even I learned things about ATC and I wish I had this book as I was starting my career as an airline pilot!
- Troy Pakiz, Airbus A320 Captain, Fayetteville, GA
Even without being involved in aviation myself, these stories are very informative and fascinating to read. My favorite chapter is Air Force One! I never knew there were so many parts to the aviation system!
- James Crawley, Buffalo, MN
For nearly my whole life, I have been in aviation and even I learned a TON about the "ATC world" from this book. If an aviation nerd like me can pick stuff up from it, then virtually every pilot can! I recommend this book to all of my students and clients alike!
- Christopher Freeze, Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI), Leesburg, VA
Andy is a dynamic and engaging speaker and his book delivers that same energy with tons of information! There is no better description of the inner workings of ATC!
- Gary Bartelson, U.S. Air Force Air Traffic Controller, Retired, and Director of ATC, University of North Dakota, Retired, Grand Forks, ND
There are lessons that can be learned from every chapter and I loved reading all of the real-life stories. Even the appendices are a wealth of information!
- Linda Morgan, Private Pilot and widow of Col. Robert K. Morgan, pilot of the famous "Memphis Belle," Crane Hill, AL
Andy's ability to explain complicated challenges with the national air traffic control system in a relatable way helped greatly in my journey from general aviation to becoming a professional aviator. Through personal experiences, Andy makes a compelling case that not only humanizes Air Traffic Control but also teaches you how to incorporate the person on the other end of the radio as a member of your flight crew. The Pilot's Guide to Air Traffic Control is a must read for any current, former, or aspiring aviator!
- Tom "Turtle" Henery, Former Naval Aviator, Niskayuna, NY