Pilot Tips


  1. See the "Big Picture"
    Monitor both ground and tower communications when possible.
  2. Transmit Clearly
    Make your instructions and readbacks complete and easy to understand.
  3. Listen Carefully
    Listen to your clearance/authorization. Listen to what you read back. Do not let communications become "automatic."
  4. Copy Clearances
    Clearances can change. Keep a note pad and copy your clearance. If needed, refer to your notes.
  5. Situational Awareness
    Know your location. If unfamiliar with an airport, keep a current airport diagram available for easy reference.
  6. Admit When Lost
    If you get lost on the airfield, ask Air Traffic Control for help. When in doubt, ASK!
  7. Sterile Cockpit
    Maintain a sterile cockpit until reaching cruising altitude. Explain to your passengers that talking should be kept to a minimum.
  8. Understand Signs, Markings and Lights
    Keep current with airport signs, markings, and lights. Know what they mean and what action to take.
  9. Never Assume
    Do not take clearances for granted. Look both ways before entering or crossing taxiways and runways.
  10. Follow Procedures
    Establish safe procedures for airport operations, and then follow them.