ZLA’s training progression requires strong commitment from controllers. But how can students exercise such commitment? This article details several ways that student controllers can effectively prepare for training sessions.
Each month ZLA provides over 100 hours of live training sessions. Our students could never gain the required experience without the help of the pilots who provide them with traffic. Wayne Conrad delivers some important ground rules that all pilots should consider when flying in student skies.
Learn the local procedures of Lindbergh Tower! Designed for the aspiring S2 and assumes prior knowledge of Lindbergh ground and delivery. This article is supplementary to the 7110.65 and the foundational knowledge gained at vZLA.
Making a timely handoff is one of easiest ways controllers can help with the safe and efficient movement of aircraft throughout the airspace. In this article, we look at a couple of common examples and discuss how you can be more proactive with your handoffs.
Los Angeles ARTCC has undergone a number of airspace procedure updates dubbed "Metroplex." The changes include new and updated arrival and departure procedures designed to make traffic more efficient within this congested space. Learn about the most common LAX arrivals and procedures and how to use them properly in the cockpit.
For many pilots Southern California (SoCal) airspace can be as complex as it is exciting. This quick read goes over the basics for pilots (especially VFR) flying in and around the SoCal (SCT) airspace.
This is the first in a series of articles detailing the intricacies of aviation weather and weather forecasting. If you have always wanted to know how to decode the METAR from your favorite airport, this article is for you!
This second part explains the correct aircraft/airline callsigns, how to determine what the active runway will be for flight planning, the fine points of understanding a SID/STAR and approach plates, correctly flying holding patterns, and advanced METAR decoding.
In this second article, we cover the radio work and basic procedures for conducting 3 VFR flights within ZLA. The first flight is basic pattern work, the second is a short hop between two nearby airports. The last flight utilizes one of the LAX transitions covered in the previous article and makes use of flight following.
ZLA's airports lie within a wide variety of airspaces including 3 class B, 5 class C, and 30 class D's. Veteran ZLA Pilot Wayne Conrad checks in with an article from the pilot perspective aimed at simplifying what you need to know to fly in each of them.
Part 3 builds on your knowledge introducing some advanced IFR maneuvers, such as flying a DME arc, NDB approaches, and Contact approaches. This also covers proper IFR reports to be made to ATC, as well as helpful hints and tips to properly filing a flight plan. Tips for flying VFR in congested terminal airspace are also explained, and finally some advanced weather decoding, such as Sigmets/Airmets, TAF's, Winds aloft, and filing/understanding Pireps.
This is the first of a 3 part series geared to help new and experienced pilots get the most enjoyment flying on VATSIM in the ZLA corridor. This covers the basics of getting setup at an airport, who to contact, the proper use of the voice radio, and helpful information you can provide ATC in the remarks section of your flight plan.
In an effort to assist those of you guys looking to record your ATIS with a bit of a more professional flavor, I'm going to include some tips for how to properly translate the METAR to voice format and make it sound a bit more realistic.