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 Cornelius Cosentino on Jun 2, 2019 9:51 am

Ronald Levy:
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 Cornelius Cosentino on Jun 2, 2019 10:03 am

Sure - a before taxi call may not be necessary if taxiing out from a small remote airport with one runway and no obstructions, note that an unseen inbound aircraft with a calm wind may change their arrival plan if they know the runway you have decided to use. 

More information = better decision making…for example… an inbound in marginal VFR or VFR may look ask for your departure plan to prevent a midair in the ATA…ADS-B will be a major help - but even ADS-B does not know ahead what you intend to do RE: you runway arrival or departure plan…