At Pilot Controlled Airports [ no or closed control tower ]

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At Pilot Controlled Airports [ no or closed control tower ]

Posted by Cornelius Cosentino on May 28, 2018 8:34 am


Do you announce your intentions on unicom prior to taxi?

Should be required but for now it's a good practice especially at night or minimum visibility.  
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Re: At Pilot Controlled Airports [ no or closed control tower ]

Posted by Ronald Levy on May 29, 2018 3:25 am

Only if I'm coming out of a blind alley between hangars or something like that.  Where I fly, there are too many airports on each CTAF and superfluous calls like that jam up the frequency at other airports fifty miles away or more.  In addition, you can't hear when others on the ground at other airports are calling for takeoff or clearing the runway, but your call blocks reception of those calls by airplanes in the pattern at those other airports.  Please don't make such calls unless absolutely necessary, such as when you can't see around a corner or something like that.

Re: At Pilot Controlled Airports [ no or closed control tower ]

Posted by David Welch on Jun 13, 2018 3:25 pm

I announce when airport is busy, taxi crossing cross-wind runways, or towered controlled airports operating on CTAF.  

At KWVI Watsonville, taxi way Alpha crosses a cross-wind runway.  I announce the crossing.  Another smaller local airport E16/San Martin has lots of student pilots who look confused at times. I announce taxi intentions there when busy.   KSNS/Salinas or KRHV/Reid Hillview are both towered fields which close at 7pm local, and pilots expect others to announce. 

 

Re: At Pilot Controlled Airports [ no or closed control tower ]

Posted by Cornelius Cosentino on Jun 13, 2018 4:23 pm

Most midairs happen near airports 

Like all things we should as pilot-in-command ...use good judgment.... and good operating procedure.

Calm wind means you could taxi-takeoff at night or low visibility but still be VFR  and have aircraft landing in the opposite direction or cross runway...

Coming soon .. ADS-B and with it far more taxi takeoff and landing traffic in marginal weather ...

on the other side if you have ADS-B depending on the runways taxiway you may want to wait before taxi or advise of your intentions ... 


 

Re: At Pilot Controlled Airports [ no or closed control tower ]

Posted by Cornelius Cosentino on Jun 13, 2018 4:39 pm

Thanks for sharing ... each airport should have a dedicated frequency ....we should use the AWOS frequencies
and send the wx data via ADS-B text on demand