Essential ATC Phraseology

course objectives

Essential ATC Phraseology

  • Strengthen air safety on flights to the USA by standardizing radio communications in English language phraseology approved by the FAA.
  • Students eligible for the course will be all those pilots lacking this competence.
  • The phraseological patterns currently used in the National Airspace System of the USA will be used and practiced.
  • It will be ensured that students hear and understand the most important instructions to be read correctly and in accordance with the regulations of the neighboring country

Course Features

Students eligible for this course must demonstrate intermediate level command of the English language.

All classes include aerial marathon-type practices where you practice what you just learned in the first part of the class.

In this first module, basic instructions are practiced to open the ear and be able to collate effectively during vectors and traffic sequences. It provides six brief techniques for repairing phraseological communication when any of the components of the message cannot be understood. Phraseology is provided
basic takeoff and departures and includes examples of ATIS listening and routine pilot warnings that may affect flight operations.

In this module, route departure authorizations are carried out and the first contacts are made with the different air traffic service units. Phraseologies are introduced about
different methods of speed control, descent at the pilot’s discretion and authorizations where and how to exit the runway after landing according to possible and different CTA requirements.

In this last module, unpublished holding patterns and minimum fuel declarations are practiced. It ensures that students know and use routine phraseology in different scenarios with the fluency currently required in US airspace and in accordance with current regulations. In this module the final exams are practiced.


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Course Modules


List of topics what the course covers


ATIS structure. Elements and meanings;


Flight plans and departure authorizations (ClearanceDelivery)

Taxi route

“Taxi route” (taxi-in and taxi-out). Holding points and route changes during filming.


Re-routing. Causes and negotiation with the controller.

First contact

Frequency changes and first contact. What to say and in what order.


Instrument arrival authorizations and their variations. For example, “cross the locator by spacing


Unpublished holding patterns: Confusions and clarifications.

Minimum fuel

When to declare “Minimum fuel” and what to expect.

Emergency or May Day

“Emergency or May Day” Bad habits and case study.

Confusions and clarifications

Confusions and clarifications when the ground controller deviates from the phraseology

Case study.

Practices in a virtual simulator using the main airports such as Miami, Chicago and New York.

The course includes

Reproducir video

FAA Controllers

Vince Blaber

Air Traffic Control (ATC)

Jeff Donnelly

ATC Instructor

Dennis Kelly

Air traffic control

Ron Shusrterman

Air Traffic Control Specialist

David Charles Dominguez

System Operations and Technical Operations

James Mihalek

Online Instructor

Lewis Helmig

Retired ATCS (AT 2152 LH)
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