IFR Communication – A Pilot-Friendly Manual

Master IFR Communications With This Simple, Pilot-Friendly Guide!

  • Task-oriented format – what to say when, and where

  • AIM and FAA-approved radio phraseology

  • Also the phraseology you’re likely to hear in the real world

  • Table of contents to easily find what you need

  • Fully illustrated with IFR charts and airport diagrams

  • Packed with advanced communications tips and techniques

  • Digital manual looks great on an iPad; keep it in your EFB app for quick access

  • Optional spiral bound printed manual for easy use in the cockpit

  • Bonus videos will show you every radio call in action

Stop Feeling Intimidated, Start Talking Like A Pro

If you feel intimidated by IFR communications, you’re not alone. The IFR system is complex, and the number of radio calls pilots must understand can be overwhelming. That’s a problem. There are instrument-rated pilots who avoid flying IFR altogether. Some pilots let mic fright prevent them from getting the instrument rating at all.

This IFR communications guide eases that pain by using the secret to IFR radio work: Virtually all communications follow a script. Once you know the basic script, the variations become simple, and that’s how this book works.

Consider it a Field Guide to all the things IFR pilots and controllers say.

Approved Phraseology AND What You’ll Hear In The Wild

The manual includes scripts of the most common, most useful, and most critical IFR radio communications, with examples of what ATC and the pilot say and where they are when they say it. Additional tips and details are provided in sidebar discussions throughout, along with variations of radio calls you will hear in the real world.

On complicated and evolving phraseology like “Climb Via” and “Descend Via”, we spoke directly with the FAA staff who wrote the official guidance, and with active controllers in the field.

We put this manual together so you know how it should be done—and understand the non-standard differences you’ll find in the real world.

This Manual Helps IFR Pilots At All Levels

This Pilot-Friendly IFR Communications Manual helps you improve on the radio, regardless of your flying experience. Whether you’re just getting your Instrument Rating, or you’re an experienced pilot who still feels intimidated flying IFR, this simple guide gives you the confidence to do it right.

IFR Student Pilot

  • Learn best practices on the radio; don’t develop bad habits
  • Prepare for each lesson by learning what you need on that flight
  • Improve fluency if English is your second language

Experienced IFR Pilot

  • Brush up on radio skills that may have gotten rusty
  • Review more complex situations before you encounter them in-flight
  • Discover lesser-used requests that save you time and stress


  • Demonstrate proper radio phraseology to students (and watch their confidence swell)
  • Prepare students for their next lesson with specific radio scenarios
  • Help your students feel more comfortable, from their first lesson to the check ride

A Quick Reference Guide When You Need It

This manual is more than a training tool. It’s a handy, quick reference guide you can refer to before or during a flight. For example: What are your best options for requesting a clearance from the non-towered airport you’re departing? Just look it up in the table of contents and in minutes you’re comfortable with the procedure and ready to go.

The manual makes it easy to find what you need, when you need it.

Keep one copy in your flight bag and another on your iPad.

Videos Show You How It’s Done

Some people learn better through reading, while others retain better by watching and listening. Either way, we’ve got you covered.

We created 82 short videos demonstrating each IFR radio communication in action. These videos are available online, so you can watch them on your computer, tablet or phone. They help you gain a better understanding of where, when and what to say on the radio.

The videos use the same table of contents as the manual, so you can jump right to the video you need.

Manual and Video Samples

Sample manual pages – includes Table of Contents.

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Sample video – Request IFR Climb to VFR On Top.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which devices does the digital manual work with?
A: The digital manual is delivered in PDF format and works on any computer or mobile device.

Q. Can I load the digital manual onto my iPad?
A. Yes, the digital PDF is formatted for use on your iPad and can be downloaded in a few easy steps.

Q. What is the format of the printed manual?
A. The printed manual is 8.5 x 11 inches, so it will fit in most flight bags or in the seat pocket of your airplane. It’s printed on high quality, durable paper. We take the extra step of adding a spiral binder so it’s easier to open and use in the cockpit, and we top it with a clear plastic cover to protect it from weather and spills.

Q. How long does it take to receive a printed manual?
A. We use the US Postal Service to mail all USA orders and they typically arrive within 5 business days. International orders usually arrive within 10 business days (can be longer in some countries). If you order the printed manual, you’ll also get the digital version which you can download and start using right away.

Q. Will my online access to the videos ever expire? 
A. No. Once you register your login credentials, they never expire. You will always have access to the program.

Q. Can I access the videos from more than one computer or device? 
A. Yes. With your login info, you can access the site from any device as often as you want.

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