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.
Effective May 1, the Class Delta around IWA will be in effect from 5 a.m. local time (1200 UTC) until 12 a.m. local time (0700 UTC).
Details of the change for the federal contract tower are contained in a Letter to Airmen, which you can download here. (PDF, requires the free Adobe Reader.)
Here are the minutes of the Sept. 12 AFTW monthly meeting at the Scottsdale Flight Standards District Office. Thank you Terry Brandt for putting these together!
AFTW Meeting 12 September 2012 at SDL FSDO.
There was one school represented, one CFI, one DPE, one from Casa Grande Airport Advisory Committee.
1. Congested areas/bottlenecks should keep us alert and looking for ways to avoid potential problems. We may be able to de-conflict the areas by varying altitudes and ground tracks. Areas noted where we want to continue to watch and modify as necessary are in and around CGZ and TFD, around Apache Junction (landfill and Renaissance Festival), and west of DVT runways to the 101.
2. Aerobatic Boxes. We have been notified of two recent renewals for one at P48 and one west of the southwest side of the Estrella Mts (http://aftw.org/wp/2012/08/atcas-aerobatic-box-south-of-goodyear-is-hot/ ). Boxes are shown in the AFD and on the Training area maps on the AFTW web site. (http://aftw.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/TAC43a_V1_01.pdf ).
3. The Radio Station KCKY continues to be used for approaches, holds, tracking and arcing. Because of the high volume of VFR traffic and published approaches in the area AFTW continues to recommend we discontinue use of unpublished procedures at this facility.
Don’t miss this event — the first civilian fly-in to Luke AFB in 10 years: Oct. 18-19.
This event is open to all FAA-licensed civilian pilots operating primarily in Arizona. It will be held at Luke AFB and participants can drive or fly in. A few lucky pilots will get access to the F-16 simulators. Continue reading
In an effort to improve safety and reduce the risk of runway incursions, air traffic controllers at Phoenix Gateway airport (IWA) will be expecting more precise radio communications from pilots.
Effective immediately, all aircraft who are No. 1 for departure will be instructed to hold short of the runway. Controllers must ensure a proper read back of all hold short instructions, including the the runway assignment in the read back. In addition, all pilots must include their call sign in the read backs.