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When it comes to radio calls, there's always room for improvement...
This will come with experience, but knowing when you should be expecting a radio call will minimize the times you are caught off guard. Reducing open loop communication also reduces the number of radio transmissions that need to be made.
Aircraft radios are already scratchy and hard to hear. Having vocal clarity reduces the chance of someone not understanding your transmission. Speak clearly, and don't talk too fast.
ATC often transmits long clearances that include taxi directions, IFR clearances, etc. Be prepared for when they call you, and write down the important information.
Not only is it implemented to help reduce miscommunication between transmissions, but it also reduces the time it takes to transmit your intentions. Not sure how you should say something? Check out the Pilot/Controller glossary.
As the microphone gets further from your mouth, it can start picking up more background noise, and less of your voice.
Doing this helps you transmit a clear message and avoid making transmissions longer than they need to be.
Here's a template that helps: "who are you talking to, who are you, where are you, and what do you want?"
Corey is a Commercial Aviation student and Private Pilot who attends the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at University of North Dakota. He has been flying since his junior year of high school and has since passed his instrument checkride and started commercial flight training. You can reach him at email@example.com.