How do I learn to talk on the radio?
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Joined 02/04/2019 - 13 Posts
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How do I learn to talk on the radio?
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Joined 01/30/2020 - 6 Posts
AOPA Staff Answer
You mainly learn how to talk on the radio through practice and experience, however there are other things that you can do improve your radio proficiency. Many people listen to websites that play live radio channels so they can pick up on terminology and practice listening to ATC, a popular website is www.liveatc.net. There are also courses you can take to help such as Sporty's Pilot Shop VFR Communications Training.
https://www.liveatc.net/
https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/sporty-s-vfr-communications-online-course.html
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Joined 09/23/2019 - 1 Posts
Kevin, a few months ago, I learned about an app called PlaneEnglish. It's a pretty cool way to practice radio communications. The app presents you with a scenario (you are ready to taxi to the active runway for example), and you actually speak the words you would use if you were in the cockpit. The app listens and provides you with a score based on your use of key words. There's a free trial period to give it a test drive.
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Joined 06/11/2017 - 617 Posts
Best book out there is Bob Gardner's "Say Again, Please."
https://www.asa2fly.com/Say-Again-Please-Guide-to-Radio-Communications-P4190.aspx

In addition, you might try the Comm1 voice comm simulator, available from many pilot supply outlets.
http://www.comm1.com/home.html
 
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Joined 09/26/2018 - 24 Posts
Check out Pilot Workshops.   They publish an excellent, comprehensive, portable ring-bound guide "VFR Communications".   https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf  

Then for the cheapest means to practice in a real world environment, set up a home simulator and go fly on PilotEdge.   PilotEdge has real world ATC controllers working the online traffic in different classes of airports and offers realistic challenge courses.   The only difference is that the controllers will cut you a bit of slack.   https://www.pilotedge.net/

If you want some guidance on flight sim hardware and software, send me a PM.   Happy to assist.   Simulation will save you huge amounts of time and $$ if you intend proceed toward PPL and Instrument ratings.   An outstanding complement to real world flight training.   
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Joined 07/05/2018 - 24 Posts
Thanks, Ron.

Bob Gardner