ASA Say Again Please: Guide To Radio Communications 7th Edition

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Talking on an aviation radio and understanding air traffic control (ATC) instructions can be one of the most intimidating aspects of flight training. In Say Again, Please Bob Gardner explains how the ATC system works and teaches pilots what to say, what to expect to hear, and how to interpret and react to clearances and instructions. His conversational-yet-concise writing style will help increase your comfort level when using an aircraft radio. Filled with examples of typical radio transmissions that explain how ATC works, as well as simulated flights that clearly demonstrate correct communication procedures in each class of airspace, this book will have you well on your way to speaking “pilot/controller” in no time.

This hands-on book covers the following:
  • The ABCs of communicating
  • Understanding radio equipment
  • Communication etiquette and rules
  • VFR, IFR, and emergency communication procedures
  • Air traffic control facilities and their functions
  • Airspace definitions
  • Pilot/controller communication terms and phrases
Let Say Again, Please help you learn how to communicate on the ground and in the air.
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  • The ABCs of communicating
  • Understanding radio equipment
  • Communication etiquette and rules
  • VFR, IFR, and emergency communication procedures
  • Air traffic control facilities and their functions
  • Review of airspace definitions
  • Glossary of pilot/controller communication terms and phrases


  • Edition: Seventh
  • Page Count: 224
  • ISBN Number: 978-1-64425-293-2
  • Dimensions: 7.25 x 9 inches
  • Copyright: © 1995-2023 Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • Date Published: 2023
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Author Details

  • Robert Gardner (1928–2021) began his flying career in Alaska in 1960 while in the U.S. Coast Guard. By 1966, Bob earned his Private Land and Sea, Commercial, Instrument, Instructor, CFII and MEL. Over the next 16 years, he was an instructor, charter pilot, designated examiner, corporate and freight captain, and director of ASA Ground Schools.
  • Bob held an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with Single-Engine and Multi-Engine Land ratings; a CFI certificate with Instrument and Multi-Engine ratings; and a Ground Instructor’s Certificate with advanced and Instrument ratings. In addition, Bob was a Gold Seal Flight Instructor and was recognized as a Flight Instructor of the Year in Washington State. To top off this impressive list of accomplishments, Bob was also a well-known author, journalist, airshow lecturer and long-admired member of the aviation community.

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I first earned my wings over 20 years ago and flew to work at least three days a week. I was flying from tower controlled airport into busy airspace every day and my skills were sharp. But a change in my work location meant not so much flying and so I made the decision to sell my plane. Now, Im recently retired and the proud owner of a more complex plane. I am amazed by all the changes in only a decade. During my transition training, I quickly realized that I would need to purchase a good communications guide that would both refresh my recall and help me bring my communications skills back up to speed. Bob Gardners Say again, please is that book. It is well organized and well written. The book focuses on radio communications. The author is careful not to wander from that path but is just as careful to include the many changes in radios and transponders that have taken place in the last few years. I recommend this book as it completely met my needs and expectations. I couldnt be happier with the preparation for being able to communicate with ATC appropriately and with confidence and clarity.

May 5, 2021


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