Monitoring air traffic can be pretty interesting. The Air bands are available on many radios today. You will find its not just scanners but many Amateur radio transceivers have these bands available as well. You can monitor commercial airliners, private aircraft, as well as military aircraft. The closer you are to major commercial airport, the better your chances are. You can also listen to private aircraft around CNY on their UNICOM frequency of 122.800 MHz (AM). You can also see live aircraft tracking info on-line at http://flightaware.com/live/airport/KSYR
. It is pretty cool to listen and watch the movements from on-line radar tracking.
Some basic guidance
for Aircraft Monitoring
Because aircraft fly
high above the ground, their transmissions have much more range than the ground
stations with whom they're talking. This means that only the airborne side of
most conversations will be heard. Is this a problem? You miss very little in
these conversations because pilots are required to repeat back to controllers
any instructions or frequencies that they are given. In fact, hearing only the
aircraft has tremendous advantages. It helps the listener to avoid mix ups
among simulcast ground stations, and is a terrific help in isolating military
aircraft from other traffic.
Frequency Bands Used:
Although the air band is 108-137 MHz, almost
all civilian voice communications are above 118 MHz. In addition, the military
has 138-150 MHz and 225-400 MHz. (remember AM)
The best place for you
to get information is the same place where the pilots go. Web sites like fltpln.com, airnav.com and
OurAirports.com give you frequencies and all kinds of other airport information.Other resources that will get you up to speed quickly:
…and if you don’t have a radio that is capable of receiving
these frequencies there is always the Internet!
Syracuse Airport frequencies (from flightPlan.com):
ATIS Frequencies (repeating weather and airport notices):
Ground Operations Frequencies:
Clearance Delivery Frequencies:
SYRACUSE Primary Approach Frequencies:
Thanks to the following sources of reference information: N4JRI's
Scanner Pages, Radio Reference.com, and the various flight planning web sites.