Handling the radio

One important part of flying is the ability to communicate with flight controllers – both for security reasons and for navigation purposes. One must learn and acquire a certification in the standard phraseology used on the air traffic radio frequencies. In Denmark it is allowed to use either Danish and English language.

I have looked very much forward to the radio courses because that is a point where all the theoretical training gets very close to the real stuff. Half of the course is radio training by simply simulating a flight where the instructor acts as ATC and all the students are having each their flight plan. That is a lot of fun!

Each language (Danish and English) has its own standard phraseology. The certification for the Danish radio (called N-BEG) is the easiest, so that is where I start out, and then I will go and get the English one (called BEG) as well later. Both BEG and N-BEG are limited to VFR traffic (visual flight rules)  whereas the general GEN certification also covers IFR traffic (instrument flight rules).

Here is a small video I did with my phone that gives an idea of te training. It is rather easy compared to the rest of the theoretical curriculum in the PPL training, but there is a lot to just remember, and the right words must be used in the right order:

A couple of weeks later was the certification test which was a 24 questions multiple-choice test followed by a flight simulation with our instructor again acting as ATC while everything was monitored by a guy from the transport authorities.

Grades is given from 1-6 and 4 is minimum to pass. Of course I was given a 6 for excellent performance. :o)

N-BEG radio certificate

Basically the radio training have been a lot of fun, and it all becomes a little bit more real now. Specially because my first flying lesson is just around the corner.