Do you remember what ATIS stands for?
That's right! It's the Automatic Terminal Information Service.
Pilots use the acronym, ATIS, for short.
Lizzy always listens to the ATIS before taking-off.
The tower tells Lizzy which runway to use based on the current wind patterns (speed and direction), other traffic on the runway and up in the sky. Let's have a listen while Lizzy gets ready to take Vyctor up in the air.
Stella will start us off by reviewing the radio alphabet.
Did you know...?
The plane's propellor provides its thrust and the flaps on the wings let Lizzy slow the plane down or improve lift.
The ATIS Report
ATIS = Automatic Terminal Information Service
Lizzy needs to know several important things before she takes Vyctor up into the sky.
She needs to know:
🌦The current weather conditions - windspeed and direction, air temperature, barometric pressure and if the ceiling (cloud cover) allows for proper visibility
🛫The recommended runway for her to take-off
✈️Whether or not there is any other air traffic nearby
Lizzy radios the tower to find out the information she needs to know before flying. The tower is located at the airport and an air traffic controller tells Lizzy whether or not it's safe to fly.
Lizzy uses Vyctor's radio (not her cell phone) to communicate with the tower. The communication goes both ways, so Lizzy can be the one to radio the tower of the tower radios her.
The tower will let Lizzy know the visibility and whether or not it's safe to fly. This is based on many things, like wind speed, but also the CAVOK.
CAVOK = ceiling and visibility okay
This just lets Lizzy know that the clouds aren't too low since a low ceiling makes it difficult to see during take-off and landing.
Are you ready to hear what Lizzy hears?
Listen to Lizzy as she radios the tower to get the ATIS report.
Let's review what some of this means in a bit more detail.
Lizzy and Stella love to fly! Join this dynamic duo as they soar through the clouds on another adventure.