Aircraft Communications Manual #
The ICAO PANS-ATM (Procedures for Air Navigation Services – Air Traffic Management) Doc. 4444 and Annex 10 Volume 2 (Communications Procedures) of the Convention on International Civil Aviation serve as the foundation for communications between pilots of aircraft and air traffic control and is a Aircraft Communications Manual. The United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority provided the free guidebook that is available through this link; Radio Telephone Manual. It is based on the ICAO material and clarifies any potential areas of confusion in the ICAO terminology. As a result, some believe it is even better. There are a few study resources listed below like the Guide to Phraseology for General Aviation Pilots in Europe as well as material for the CAP413.
- Guide to Phraseology for General Aviation Pilots in Europe
- CAP413 Supplement
- Volume II Communications Material
Radio Speak #
The “lingo” used in aircraft radio conversations is somewhat perplexing to untrained ears. You can follow the dialogue, though, with some patience and skill. The guidebook and training programs accessible to aspiring pilots and aviation enthusiasts are quite beneficial. For any mobile device or computer, you can also purchase a number of programs to even practice radio calls at your own pace. Many firmly believe that every pilot should enroll in an aviation radio school and become conversant in the language in order to ensure their safety. You can get a decent head start in such a course by reading the provided handbooks.
Radio Telephony Manual #
Below is the 365-page UK CAA CAP413 document, edition 23 from January 21, 2021. (3.5 MB). All pilots from all nations should use it as study material. Here is an excerpt from the document. The aim of the United Kingdom Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413) is to provide pilots, Air Traffic Services personnel and other ground personnel, both civil and military, with a compendium of clear, concise, standardized phraseology and associated guidance, for radiotelephony (RTF) communication in United Kingdom airspace. To learn more, continue reading from the manual below.