The Arizona Flight Training Workgroup will meet again at 9:30 a.m. local Jan. 15, 2014, at the Scottsdale Flight Standards District Office, 17777 N. Perimiter Drive, Scottsdale.
Expect lively discussions on flight training, air safety and the latest news in aviation.
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CAE Arrival and Departure Procedures for FFZ
CAE Oxford Aviation Academy and FFZ (Mesa Falcon Field) have agreed on a method to improve air safety for the flight school’s arriving and departing aircraft.
A letter of agreement (LOA) was recently issued authorizing routes and altitudes for CAE Oxford aircraft at the East Valley airport.
The LOA, with detailed information on routing and altitudes is available here, as a PDF.
Please note: FOR USE OF CAEOA AIRCRAFT ONLY; FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY.
Do not fly these procedures, if you are not part of CAE Oxford. Only CAE Oxford aircraft are authorized for these procedures; however, other aircraft in the area can benefit by becoming familiar with the procedures and anticipating CAE Oxford aircraft in the areas depicted. Remember: See and avoid!
Here are some of the highlights:
- Local airport control towers invite flight instructors and their students up for visits.
- The practice ILS at Luke Auxiliary Airfield near the south proving grounds, in the northwest Valley, is available for both training and currency. But, it cannot be used on checkrides.
- Remember Falcon Field’s north runway is closed when the tower is closed. Make left traffic Runway 04R, and right traffic on 22L, to stay on the north side of the airport, as outlined in the AFD.
Read more by downloading a PDF of all the meeting notes here.
From IWA’s Air Traffic Manager Casey Giddens:
Next Monday 10/28/13, Gateway Tower will begin a (two-week) test phase of procedures specific to our operation of Local Control(s) – East (124.75) and West (120.6). While preparing for this change we have gone through six draft copies of the procedures, have performed a Safety Risk Management review and feel confident the procedures will enhance safety and efficiency. If our expectations are met, users of the airport will not notice a difference between the test phase and full implementation slated for 11/11/13.
Please keep in mind, the two Local Control positions (LC-E & LC-W) will not always be split-up, there are times where it’s not possible, and other times it’s not necessary; having that situational awareness prior to contacting the Tower will be of great assistance.
Please share this information with your instructors, students, and authorized airport drivers.
- LC-E (124.75) will operate primarily as a “traffic pattern” position, serving RWY 12L/30R and taxiway Charlie for helicopters
- Initial contact to IWA Tower should always be made to LC-W (120.6)
- If LC-W and LC-E are split-up, the controller working LC-W will provide initial instructions and instruct you to contact LC-E (124.75)
- Please do not try to “help” by contacting LC-E (124.75) directly, based on our internal coordination model, this could gum up the process
- It may be helpful to have 124.75 already dialed up in “comm. 2” so you can be ready for quick frequency change if you plan on doing pattern work
Pilots and airport drivers, please pay special attention to the following:
- Upon landing and exiting RWY 12L/30R (or after operating on the runway – airport vehicles), you will be instructed to “hold-short of 12C/30C”; once the controller receives a proper read-back of the hold short instructions, they will then instruct you to “monitor tower, 120.6”. To be clear, at that point the expectation is that the aircraft/vehicle will (1.) hold short of the runway, (2.) change to 120.6, and (3.) wait for further instructions
We will be monitoring this situation closely and aim to learn as much as possible in the coming weeks, please contact me directly with any feedback.
Mark your calendars for 0930 local Nov. 13 at the Scottsdale FSDO for the next meeting of the Arizona Flight Training Workgroup.