Pilot Communication

21 Feb 2017 8:17 AM | Marshall Henley (Administrator)

Pilot Communications (callouts) are verbal announcements that are required to be used between you and other pilots anytime you or your aircraft enters the runway operations area (grass or paved runways and taxiways beyond the white lines). All Communications must be acknowledged by all pilots before proceeding with your intentions. Fly next to the last pilot in the air in the PILOT STATION BOX to improve communication, loading from the inside of the box towards the outside.

Use the following Pilot Communications, and make sure you get confirmation from 100% of all other pilots in the air before proceeding, unless you need to land for safety sake:

  •         "Coming out" as you prepare to place your aircraft on the runway or taxing to the runway.
  •         "Taking Off" aircraft is on the runway and ready for takeoff roll.
  •         "Setting up to land" as you begin your downwind leg gives others time to clear the area for you.
  •         "Landing" as you are on final approach.
  •         "On the runway" if your aircraft stops dead on the runway.
  •         "Off on the far side” or “In the grass" if your aircraft veers off on the side away from the pilots' stations
  •         "Crossing the runway" Anytime you have to cross the runway (in either direction).
  •         "Runway clear" after you have retrieved your errant aircraft, or if it has been taxied off the runway on the pit side.
  •         "Dead stick" when your engine dies while in the air. Other pilots will pass this announcement down the line as it is a signal for everyone to immediate clear the runway.
  •         "Touch and go" or "Slow fly-by" (note that high speed low passes and acrobatics over the runway when other pilots are at stations are forbidden-these may only be performed out past the runway over the grass).
  •         Low Pass” is a high or low speed pass a low altitude over the border between the asphalt and grass runways.
  •         Aircraft down” followed by the general area. An aircraft has crashed.
  •         "Don’t have it" A loss of control. The pilot will announce that he has a problem as soon as possible, other observers may be able to get a fix on the plane if it goes down. If you do get a fix, such as a certain tree, etc., do not move.  Call for another person to stand beside you and show them the point you fixed on. Even turning around and back can lose the fix.
  • 1.     Declared “dead stick” landing has priority over all other flight activities. The runway must be cleared for him. If more than one happens at the same time, generally, the first declared has the right-of -way, or he may yield to a lower other aircraft at his discretion.
  • 2.     Declared “equipment problem” and needing to land ASAP.
  • 3.     Declared normal “landing
  • 4.     Declared “touch and go
  • 5.     Declared “takeoff
  • 6.     Declared “slow fly-by” or “Low Pass

Runway Protocol/Priorities allow multiple aircraft operating in close airspace to land and/or maneuver on or over the runway in an orderly and safe manor.  This list below is in order of priority.

High speed low-passes over the paved runway are never allowed and must be performed past the far edge of the paved runway.

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