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the high volume of VFR traffic and published approaches in the area AFTW continues to recommend we discontinue use of unpublished procedures at this facility.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.
The Aviator Alert Bulletin from the Phoenix Deer Valley Air Traffic Control Tower offers some excellent tips and information on taxi-clearance requirements, holding short of a runway, and use of that pesky phrase “Roger” and what it really means.
DVT Tower’s Rob Smuda says the Aviator Alert is not a regular publication. Rather, it was distributed after a recent review of pilot deviation causal factors. Jim McMahon, the new DVT Air Traffic Manager is committed to keeping the aviation community informed on issues through various forums and attendance at user meetings.
Plus, find some timely excerpts from the AIM confronting pilots and flight instructors in the current airport operations environment.
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The Aviator Alert Bulletin appears as feature of the Deer Valley Pilots’ Association website at dvtpilots.com. Check it out!