Pressing the PTT button, and having to talk to an air traffic controller can feel as nightmarish as standing naked in front of an audience to deliver a very important speech. Similarly, anyone who has sat down to write a CAA exam, will confirm the anxiety of trying to figure out how to prepare effectively for the exam, and what exactly they would like you to know.
Although ‘Radio’ appears as a mostly practical aspect of flying, it is indeed a very important one when it comes to communication and navigation. The radio is an essential tool for ensuring safety when flying. Why? The sky does not have traffic signs or lights to co-ordinate traffic, so therefore, radio communications, in all its forms will keep you, and other traffic safe. Understanding how radio works, as well as the legal and practical requirements of flying in South Africa will make you – be it a novice, or already a good pilot – into a really confident one the second you press that button!
The Essential Radio Book is compiled using the SA CAA 2016 syllabus to address the needs of those writing the restricted and general theoretical licence exams. The aim is to provide you with what you need to know, in a clear, concise manner and illustrated with colour graphics to make both understanding and retaining the information a pleasure. Items for the restricted licence and general licence are clearly indicated with icons.
Yes! You can pass your theoretical radio exam first time.