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.
Last spring’s tragic midair collision in the northwest Valley has brought about increased awareness of the need for greater emphasis on standardized procedures and improved safety education among flight instructors.
While the National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate (http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20130531X43432&key=1), flight schools and the AFTW plan more outreach and safety communications to a wider audience of instructors and their students this fall to help maintain good collision avoidance procedures during air training work.
Details on this and the rest of the AFTW meeting on Sept. 11 can be downloaded as a PDF here.
A reminder that, with fire-fighting season in full swing across much of the western United States, Temporary Flight Restrictions will be abundant.
Check NOTAMS before each flight. Phoenix-Mesa Gateway (IWA) and Prescott (PRC) airports are often used as staging airports for firefighting aircraft. Be alert for possible procedure changes at those airports to accommodate them.
This reminder is among several others from the July 10 meeting of the Arizona Flight Training Workgroup.
For other helpful safety tips, on practice Instrument Approach Procedures, to local airport issues, download a PDF copy of the minutes here.
AFTW Mtg May 15, 2013 – 9:30 am
Attending: Dominic Gallo – FAA; Bill Sapp – FAA; David Kitts – Phx Helicopters; Joshua Parriott – CAE/Oxford; Gil Monti – ATCA; Dave Lindskoog – TransPac; Travis Trexler – TransPac; Patrick Oakley – KIWA Airport; Josh Klein – ATP/ASU; Matt Miller – Falcon Exec
From FAA, Runway incursion at CHD – Glasair landed on CLOSED Rwy 22L. Pilot had acknowledged ATIS and ATC clearances for 22R. Since 22L sticks out significantly farther, it’s possible the pilot fixated on the first runway he saw. However, he ignored & overflew the flashing “X” barricade and crews working near the end. After touchdown, some vehicles were able to move out of his way, others he dodged around as he rolled out. Somehow, there were no injuries or physical damage. Continue reading
AFTW Minutes March 13, 2013:
Dave Vangsnes Mesa Pilot Development
Mathias Eichenseer German Air Force
Dave Kitts Phoenix Helicopter
Jay Gines ATCA
Dominick Gallo FAA
Josh Klein ATP/ASU
Travis Olson CAE/Oxford
Terry Brandt DPE
Rex Ginder UND Aerospace
- APS (Fighter Combat) Discussed awareness and adding practice areas to AFTW Website
- CAE Phased transition of Oxford from GYR to FFZ is forecast to be finished by the end of the year
- Please monitor Estrella Sailport frequency if transitioning the area on a XC or otherwise, Skydive operations are in the area!
- Remain vigilant for traffic at “The Stack” at CGZ. Use your frequencies and be courteous.
- Use caution for jet blast if a business jet is doing a MX run-up in the redbox area located west of taxiway yankee at IWA.
- Please keep transponders in the “ON” position while moving on airport surfaces per the AIM.
From the DPEs:
1. Applicants need work on playing the role of the PIC during checkrides. DPEs cannot make decisions for them.
2. SRM skills need to be utilized more and backup equipment should be used if available. Above all, fly the aircraft first!
During practical test, the pilot being evaluated IS the PIC with all the authority and responsibility of that role. Therefore the applicant single uses pilot resource management (SRM) knowledge and skills making good decisions and managing risks during the test.
Next Meeting May 15th, 0930 @ the SDL FSDO.