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I want to start listening in on Air Traffic in my area. I fly a good amount within 5 miles of a class E airport that is not towered. In certain circumstances I would really like to listen in for general aviation activity in my are. I know how to look up what the frequency I need to tune to. my question is what type of handheld unit does anyone recommend? I only need a receiver I think if I just want to listen. Brand and model or any links to anything would be appreciated, thanks.
 
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I want to start listening in on Air Traffic in my area. I fly a good amount within 5 miles of a class E airport that is not towered. In certain circumstances I would really like to listen in for general aviation activity in my are. I know how to look up what the frequency I need to tune to. my question is what type of handheld unit does anyone recommend? I only need a receiver I think if I just want to listen. Brand and model or any links to anything would be appreciated, thanks.

Couple of issues: since it’s a Non towered area, some GA Pilots don’t make radio calls. I’m a PP and always make position calls/or when within 10 miles of a runway, but, several don’t. You can use an SP-400 handheld VHF radio (Sporty’s Pilot shop). I usually carry mine as a back up, but again, some pilots don’t use their radios when flying around Non towered fields. You might want just want to Listen to air traffic control on your cellphone (LiveATC) Free or multi band radio to just listen if you are not interested in communicating with ga pilots. A regular VHF is close to $300.00.
 
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I have my trusty old Grundig Satellit 750 I’ve had for many years. It’s a great field radio that receives AM/FM/Shortwave/Aviation bands. Out remote I’ll tune the local CTAF or 121.5 and monitor. Closer in I’ll tune the appropriate approach, tower, whatever. Even on the built-in antenna it can pickup RHC (Radio Havana Cuba) and I’ve even picked up New Zealand (RNZ Pacific). VHF is mainly line of sight so ground stations don’t pick up much, but you can usually hear aircraft within 5 miles or so. I’m about 13 miles from DFW Airport and I can listen to the different Tower, Approach and Departures.

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I want to start listening in on Air Traffic in my area. I fly a good amount within 5 miles of a class E airport that is not towered. In certain circumstances I would really like to listen in for general aviation activity in my are. I know how to look up what the frequency I need to tune to. my question is what type of handheld unit does anyone recommend? I only need a receiver I think if I just want to listen. Brand and model or any links to anything would be appreciated, thanks.
Live ATC won't help at a Class E airport. Most (but not all) air traffic will be announcing position and intentions on the airport's CTAF (Common Traffic Advisory Frequency). Radio communication is advised, but not required. Though rare, some airplanes at a Class E airports do not have radios. There is no communication with ATC unless the aircraft is getting VFR traffic advisories or is making an instrument approach to the airport. Even then, the pilot will switch to the CTAF when close.

$50 Battery powered receiver only (Amazon, some crappy reviews) Amazon.com: Airband Radio Receiver Portable Radio FM/MW/SW/AIR/CB/VHF Band Receiver Wide Frequency LCD Display with Alarm, Earphones, Extend Antenna (Black): Home Audio & Theater

$300 VHF Transceiver Sporty's SP-400 Handheld NAV/COM Aviation Radio
 
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There is a newer version of the Gundig available on Amazon, it has aviation frequencies also, and it's a lot less expensive.
Amazon.com: Eton Executive Satellite AM / FM / Aircraft / SSB / Shortwave Radio with RDS, NGWSATEXEC: Electronics
Oh yeah, there’s lots of newer, cheaper radios......I’ve had the 750 for, 10 years or more....it’s been a great field radio, camping radio, garage radio, nightstand listening to shortwave radio.......I set it on the roof of the Jeep when I’m out flying.
 
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Here is a reasonably priced battery-powered receiver from a reputable supplier.
 
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Thanks everyone, ya liveATC.net won't work since it only feeds a few airports in my state. Its very good to know that not everyone using that airport will be communicating on the radio since there is no tower. I guess I was under the assumption that some other tower was handling the air traffic for this class E. All the links are good recommendations. Im also always very aware of GA traffic in the area since there seems to be a certain helicopter tour that flies over a local lake often and very low. Thanks again
 
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Any analog only police scanner should be able to handle air-band. I use a Uniden BC125AT, with pre-programmed frequencies for my local airports. It also can do a broad scan of the general chunk of the air band.
There's other options from Uniden and Whistler. New you have a few options under $130, used you can probably find them well under $100.
 
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I would buy a transceiver. FAA may allow coms some day and in the event of a fly away you can announce the emergency.
 

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