Air Traffic Control in Your Own Home

If you enjoy listening to pilots speaking with the tower when you’re on a commercial flight, the Internet now allows you to do the same thing from home. In any search engine, enter Air Traffic Control Live Feed and you’ll find sites from which you can download live audio feeds. You’ll need Real Player to listen but you can download it free from these websites. Some also provide maps of the airports. Tune into Sydney, Calgary, Hong Kong, or other locales and follow along as pilots land and takeoff in airplanes of all types.

It’s fun for kids as well as adults. It’s also a safe and relaxing way for pilots to practice their radio listening skills as well as develop situational awareness. And because this is real life happening in real time, the unexpected can happen just as it can when you are in the pattern yourself.