This past weekend I saw the Jurassic World movie for the first time. Just as in all Jurassic Park movies, what starts out as an exciting journey with the possibility of viewing real live dinosaurs soon turns into a disaster. In the movie, a couple of boys are sent to the park by their parents during the holidays. A dangerous new dinosaur escapes as they are riding one of the park’s exciting attractions and the characters are unaware of the danger around them. When their aunt tries to contact them using a cell phone, the signal is unreliable and the call ends up dropping. While it was a great dramatic effect for the movie, it brings to light the need for two way radio communications.
First there is a hum. A whine. The chorus grows until the air is filled with the distinctive sound of flight. They come by the thousands. Acrobatics. Vintage. Warbirds. Homebuilts. Ultralights. Together they will turn sleepy Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, into the busiest airport in the world. It’s time again for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
This celebrated annual reunion of planes and pilots takes off July 20th and runs for seven days and nights packed with films, forums, workshops, displays, exhibits, concerts, and entertainment. Daily airshows will again amaze and inspire with noise, smoke and fire. Survivors of long-ago battles will lumber overhead. The world’s best acrobatic performers will confound the flight line with their skill and nerve. Modern aircraft of today will inspire wonder about the future.
Pilot-controller radio communications is critical to the ATC (Air Traffic Control) system. Clear communications is key. Pilots must confirm each radio communication using the appropriate aircraft call signs. The controller must understand what the pilot wants done before carrying out control duties. Likewise, pilots must understand and acknowledge the controller’s instructions. Keep communications brief and do not use ATC slang. Review the pilot/controller glossary that is used in the ATC Controller’s handbook.
We at Icom feel encouraging the next generation in science and communications makes a huge impact on everyone’s future. Support from industry can help steer young people towards a life of science, innovation and creativity. This is just one of the many sponsorships/donations that Icom has been proud to be a part of. Great job Christian and congratulations!
An Icom A14 radio was installed at an observation area at Tulsa International Airport. The radio was placed in a sign that depicts the layout of the airport’s runways and different relevant frequencies were likewise depicted on the sign. The radio has been converted to run off of solar power and only has the receiver functioning. The radio now offers a spot for observers to listen to the tower communicate with pilots during all airport hours of operation.