Air to Ground

book-coverThe relationship between pilots and air traffic control personnel  has never been cavalier. There is an invisible wall that exists – the  disembodied voice that carries instructions phrased in officially  sanctioned terminology is both reassuringly familiar and yet remote  and impersonal.

Air Traffic Controllers are distant authoritative “Gods”, heard but never seen, whose main purpose in life is to keep pilots from killing  themselves and others by telling them where to go. Behind that confident decisive voice we hear on the radios are men and women who come through some intense training in order to get a job that pays well and commands respect.

At this time the only real information the pilot has about air traffic comes in the form of government directives and orders, written in stilted language that tells the pilot what he has to do, but not why. They do not tell the pilot how  their actions are welded into a pattern that affects all the other pilots.

An Air Traffic Control specialist for over 33 years, first with the Federal Government and later with Lockheed Martin, Rose Marie Kern has written articles for 17 different aviation magazines and newsletters and is a popular speaker for pilot associations in the southwest. The book she is writing,  Air to Ground, gives pilots a glimpse into the cold corridors of Air Traffic, and allows them insights into the people who work in an environment so critical to their own.

Air to Ground contains current and historical data on the National Airspace System, the Air Traffic Control System, and aviation weather in a way that is friendly, easily readable and understandable to even the most novice pilot. It is not meant to replace the government’s directives, but to supplement them.

Although there are a few books that talk about Air Traffic on the market, no other book approaches the pilot from this perspective, it fills a vacancy long overlooked.  Intermingled with the technical information are stories and snippets of humor collected over the last 33 years.  These little bits exemplify what happens in the Air Traffic workplace when the microphone is not keyed, humanizing   the disembodied voices the pilots hear.

“Air to Ground” is a phrase used to describe the frequencies used by the pilots when they speak to Air Traffic.order-button

The book, Air to Ground, appeals to pilots, airport managers and the air traffic personnel who work in the U.S.  and will greatly enhance the pilot’s understanding of the National Airspace System, its procedures, and the people whose job it is to provide for the safe and efficient flow of Air Traffic.

NOTE:  10% of all Air to Ground Sales is donated to the EAA’s Young Eagles Program. young-eagles-logo


Table of Contents for Air to Ground

13     Chapter 1 The National Airspace System
17     Chapter 2 – Classes of Airspace
21     Chapter 3 – Air Space Division and Separation of ATC Duties
31     Chapter 4 – The Future of ATC
34     Chapter 5 – Careers in Air Traffic Control
The Psychology of ATC
41     Chapter 6 – FAA Website
45     Chapter 7 – The History of Flight Service
51     Chapter 8 – Painless Pilot Weather Briefing
57     Chapter 9 – Do You Want Just “Any Briefer”?
61     Chapter 10 – Types of Weather Briefings
63    Chapter 11 – Weather Brief Training for Student Pilots
67    Chapter 12 – The Standard Briefing
67          Part 1 – Adverse Conditions –
82          Part 2 – The Synopsis
83          Part 3 – VNR Statement – Fright Service
85          Part 4 – Current Conditions – Metars
88                      Pilot Reports
92                     How to Give a Pilot Report that is Appreciated
97                      Reading the Radar
107                    Satellite Data – A Bird’s Eye View
109        Part 5 – Forecast Conditions – The Area Forecast
112                    Terminal Forecasts
117        Part 6 – Winds Aloft – Every Way the Wind Blows
120                       RUC Wind Forecasts
123                      Wild and Wicked Wind Shear
129      Part 7 – Notices to Airmen
129                       Navigating the NOTAM Jungle
133                       The Dreaded TFR
137                      FICONs – Ramping up for Winter
141                       RUNWAY FICONS -TALPA and RCC
147                       Do You Need to File a NOTAM?
151     Chapter 13 – Other Types of Briefings
155                       Flying into Climate Change
161     Chapter 14 – Adverse Condition Alerting Service (ACAS)
163     Chapter 15 – Filing Your Flight Plan
168                     Changing to ICAO
175                     Pros and Cons of Filing Multi-Leg Flight Plans
176                      Where the Heck is my Flight Plan?
180                     Creating a Pilot Profile
183     Chapter 16 – The Evolution of Aviation Radio Communications
187                      Flight Service “Radio”
191                     Relaying IFR Clearances
194                       Declaring an Emergency
196     Chapter 17 – Flight Service Flight Data functions
199                      How VFR Search and Rescue Works
205                       SE-SAR – Surveillance Enhanced Search and Rescue
209     Chapter 18 – Air Traffic Control Tower – History and Overview
214                       Tower and TRACON Operations
222                       Terminal Radar Approach Control or TRACON
231     Chapter 19 – Talking to Air Traffic Control
235                       Frequency Congestion
238                      Hey There…It’s My Turn!
241                       Transferring Control
245                      Wake Turbulance
249     Chapter 20 – Air Route Traffic Control Centers
255                       ARTCC Operational Positions and Responsibilities
263                      ERAM Implementation and ICAO Flight Plans
266                       What is VFR Flight Following?
269                       ATC Zero
273                       IFR Clearances
276                     IFR Clearance Limits – questions from pilots.
281                        What is a Special VFR Clearance?
283            Chapter 21 – Understanding the The Rules
283                      Airplane 54-Where are you?
291                       IFR Pop Ups
295                      Where Does it Say I Can’t Fly There?
299                       GPS Anomalies
303                      Stay on Top of the Charts
307                       Watch out for Drones
311                       Special Use Airspace
315                       Using the Special Traffic Management Programs
319                    When Systems Don’t Work