What and how to study for RTR

What and how to study for Radiotelephony/ RTR (A)


Radio Telephony/ RTR (A) starter,

To start with the subject, it should be clear in your mind that the knowledge of not just Radio systems but many of the avionics used in the aviation is a necessity. Additionally you need to be good in spoken english with a clear diction. Well, most of you will be knowing that there are many books available on the subject. Some of them are
Book on RTR by RK Bali
Guide to RTR (A) License by RP Kashyap
Guide to RTR and Radio Telephony by KD Tuli

Then there are institutions and individual teachers available to guide you through to clear the exam conducted by WPC i.e Radiotelephony/ RTR(A).
Main thing though is to understand what is required out of you in the exam. In case you have done some flying, it definitely helps, but to the extent that you will know how to give an RT call.
However, Radiotelephony/ RTR (A)  exam is not just about RT calls that one is used to giving while actual flying.

Believe me, when I say that some of the airline pilots have failed this exam {Radiotelephony/ RTR (A)}, because the moment you become a pilot you start believing that you know everything there is to know about RT calls. In a way it is true to some extent. But this exam is all about Proper format which is laid down in the book, exact delivery and most important time management. The examiners who conduct the exam are not pilots, they don’t care whether you know how to fly or not. They have a master answer sheet and whatever you speak and log has to match with that sheet. Each call has some specific words and those words carry specific marks. You miss out on those specific words and your answer fetches you nothing, even if you feel that it is correct. This I am talking only about Part 1.

Go through the formats of the calls very carefully and ensure that all the keywords are included in the call depending on the situation. Study formats for each situation very carefully and memorise them. Always remember that in case you give more information in the call, no one will cut marks, however, if you forget one of the main information as per the call then you will lose marks. So if a call needs only TAS to be mentioned and if you give FL, TAS and Time along with it there is no problem, but if you forget TAS then you lose marks.

Each question in the Radiotelephony/ RTR (A) exam is 20 marks and these marks are divided in parts for your answer. As long as your basic call is correct as per the given situation you will get marks. You only have to get 50 marks to pass and it is not very difficult.

Key is don’t panic, don’t waste too much time in going through all the charts in the beginning only. Pick the paper and see the route and open the chart and keep in front of you. There is no need to go over the full chart. Refer the chart only when the question gives you a position in the route and you need to see the next two waypoints name or any alternative route.

Don’t jump questions as all questions are linked follow in sequence. Always remember the questions are connected so whatever call you gave for your position or FL in previous question will carry forward to the next question.

Any question which has part  (a) and (b), you need to understand that the examiner will not say next question, you yourself have to shift to part (b) on your own once your first call is finished.

Radiotelephony, RTR (A)

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Part 2 is completely different, one has to read in depth about the subjects mentioned in the syllabus, as you never know what the examiner is going to ask. Here understanding is needed and not just mugging and the framing of the answers is what will be needed so that one can explain everything to the examiner about the topic in short. There will be two examiners taking the viva, one from WPC and one from DGCA. These are people with lot of knowledge on the subject that they are asking, so can’t fool them. your answers will depend upon your preparation and understanding. Whatever you speak has to be as per four C’s….that is Crisp, Clear, Concise and Correct.

Radiotelephony, RTR (A)

Arunaksha Nandy

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