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Talking on the radio is an important skill for any pilot, but especially for instrument pilots where ATC interaction is what it’s all about. Sometimes it’s not what you say but what you don’t say that matters. In this video tip, we share seven things you should not say on the radio. From the improper use of “roger” to using too much information, don’t make these mistakes!

This video tip is from Sporty’s Instrument Rating Course.

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  1. Rick
    Rick says:

    Starting transmission with “uhh” or saying “with you” might be annoying to the self proclaimed “super pilots” out there, but certainly NOT worth concerning yourself with. There are much more important IFR comms to focus on. Don’t worry about these petty peccadillos, ATC sure doesn’t. Shame on you Sporty’s.

  2. Nick
    Nick says:

    Thanks for the tips. I’ve found that it’s easier to learn correct procedures up front than to break bad habits later.

  3. Greg
    Greg says:

    In the second tip, “roger is not the same as a read back,” the pilot shortens his callsign without ATC shortening it. Pilots should only shorten their callsign after ATC has done so.

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