Master in-flight radio. Without leaving the ground.
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Mastering radio skills can be one of the most frustrating parts of learning to fly, not to mention one of the most expensive. With the cost of flight time rising year after year, relying on haphazard experience for skill building can get pricy fast; if you're only flying in a limited geographical area or on a less than daily basis, it can take hundreds of hours in the cockpit to master radio procedures. If you're like most pilots, you've probably asked yourself, "Isn't there a better way?"
Enter PocketATC, a new iPhone app that uses proven language-learning technology to unravel ATC phraseology so that the control tower is no longer a Tower of Babel.
Understanding radio communications is an analog problem. PocketATC is your digital solution.
By letting you effortlessly navigate through recordings of actual interactions between air traffic controllers and pilots, PocketATC offers a faster, cheaper, and less intimidating way to master the foreign language of ATC terminology. Version 1.5 includes more than 400 conversations between GA, airline, and military pilots and air traffic controllers at nine airports (KADS, KATL, KBGR, KBOS, KDED, KFLL, KLAX, KMIA, and KSEA).
PocketATC breaks conversations into manageable chunks, gives you an accurate transcript for each, and lets you quickly and easily listen to those chunks over and over so you can gain confidence and proficiency so you can spend valuable flight time focusing on other skills.
There are three ways to study:
1. Structured Study
Work your way through all the conversations in the app, in order of difficulty. You’ll start with the slowest-paced conversations and move on to conversations with more background noise and faster speech as your proficiency grows. Conversations have been organized by radio frequency, and your progress is tracked as you go. Start from scratch at any time by resetting your training record for the frequency whose conversations you wish to study again. As you study, you can view the transcript for each conversation one line at a time or view the entire conversation on the screen at once. Conversations have been split into individual transmissions so that you can focus on each line before moving on to the next one.
2. Random Practice
Create a pool of randomly ordered conversations to explore by choosing a particular frequency, flight type, airspace class, or airport. Or, draw conversations from the app’s entire library. As with structured study, you can view the transcript for each conversation one line at a time or view the entire conversation on the screen at once.
3. Comprehension Quiz
Listen to a series of randomly selected transmissions and test your comprehension by filling in the missing words.
Ratings and Reviews
Finally an app for that!
I am a student pilot flying out of an uncontrolled airport in the US. I soloed 3 months ago and I have been terrified to venture near any class C airspace. I am still uncomfortable calling ATC for flight following! I got this app a few days ago and I have been listening to it finally an app that has the translation of what they are saying. I love it specially the quiz thing, i am constantly playing with it. I wish there was a button to go back or rewind on the structured study transmissions but other than that i love it. i went flying yesterday and i feel more comfortable contacting flight following.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the positive review, and we’re glad to hear you’re enjoying PocketATC! With regard to a “rewind” button, we’re considering adding functionality to let users go back and review the conversations they’ve already studied in Structured Study. As far as “rewinding” audio playback, the audio for each transmission is quite short, so we recommend just repeating the transmission and listening from the beginning. (Please note that you can also pause the audio by touching the “play” button, which turns into a “pause” button while the recording is playing.) Thanks again, and good luck with your training!
This app is gonna save me hundreds if not thousands in aircraft rental fees. The only thing missing here are METARS, other than that this app does what it claims: teach radio comms
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.