The CC Skywave opens up a marvelous world of radio at home or when traveling. It has an intuitive layout so it is easy to use and has fantastic overall performance. Excellent AM reception for such a small portable radio. Strong ability to reduce signal interference. Worldwide Shortwave coverage from 2.3-26.1 MHz. NOAA weather radio with alert so you can be warned of local weather advisories. Aviation/Airband allows you to listen in on nearby traffic controllers. Excellent sound for such a small speaker. Perfect size for stashing in an interior crevice of any carry on. Standard features: Clear and pleasing audio for the size, 400 memory presets, direct entry keypad, auto scan, lighted LCD display. Rotary volume knob, Clock with 12/24 hour format, sleep timer, stereo headphone jack, fold out back stand, battery meter, signal meter, lock switch. .5W built-in speaker. Earbuds and carry case included. 9/10 kHz selectable tuning steps. Runs approx. 60-70 hrs. at moderate volume on (2) AA batteries (not included) or can be powered by an optional AC adapter. Size 4.75" W x 3" H x 1.1" D, 5.5 oz. without batteries. Never listened to the Aviation band? This band lets you listen in on nearby air traffic controllers. When traveling, airline schedule changes and problems can be perplexing. Listening to control towers can provide entertainment and informative bits of information. It is as simple as having the Skywave scan for an active frequency. The best one is usually the approach frequency used for planes that are landing. You can also search the web for "air traffic control radio Seattle" for example, to find information and to learn more about aviation radio. If you live next to a smaller airport you could ask a local pilot for the frequency or look up "common traffic advisory frequency" plus the airport name. English is the standard language used in aviation at all airports worldwide.