A classroom session to go over the basics plus revision in detail  to ensure you become totally confident with the radio while flying

We have 'state of the art' computerised training/audio systems which mean we can conduct practical exercises in the classroom so that participants can put the theory into practice.  You will take your final exam on exactly the same systems that you learn on - and we have our own 'in-house' CAA approved examiner so you won't need to go off to a major airfield with all the eppaulettes just to gain your licence,

We have put together a number of exercises designed to cover all the scenarios a pilot is likely to face when flying in the local area or taking part in a fly out or cross country navigation.

Each exercise will include a 'pre-flight' brief, simulated flight in which the student will contact ATC units along the route and a full de-brief. 

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Course Structure

  1. Zone Transit
    Request a transit through controlled airspace such as the Class D Brize Norton Zone
  2. Working with MATZ
    Request a MATZ penetration & transit
  3. On Route Service
    select and request the appropriate en-route service outside of controlled airspace
  4. Working ATC
    Departure & Arrival procedures at an aerodrome with an ATC service
  5. FISO
    Departure & Arrival procedures at an aerodrome with a FISO service
  6. Emergency
    Distress & Urgency procedures

A bit more detail.

Transponder Codes

Almost all of our aircraft are now transponder equipped (we should be 100% by January) so its important that students and members are now conversant with using these units. The RANT system features a transponder as part of the instrumentation and it is used in the radio training - for members who got their radio licence in the past we offer transponder refresher training. This is the easy way to unlock vast areas of airspace so ensure that you know how to make the most of it.

The RANT Training System

The Radio Aids and Navigation Tutor (RANT) system is approved by the National Air Traffic Service (NATS) for teaching and examination to gain a Flight Radio Telephony Operator's Licence (FRTOL) which allows a pilot to legally operate a radio while in flight.

All members are required to gain a FRTOL as soon as possible after (or even before) passing a General Skills Test to obtain a Private Pilots Licence.

The system runs across 2 computers in separate rooms (this is a requirement for the exam) and shows the position of an aircraft on a moving map [the aircraft position is controlled by the instructor or examiner so all the student needs to think about is the correct radio calls]. Audio is transferred via aircraft style headsets so that the training environment correctly mimics radio operation in flight and the instructor/examiner can set up various problems (engine fire, downed aircraft etc) for the student to react to.

We have four extra headsets in the training room to allow other students to listen in to the practical training. This facilitates discussion on what was right or wrong with particular calls or situations and allows us to work with up to five people in one session.