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.
The blue tracks indicate VFR aircraft squawking 1200, red tracks depict large turbine aircraft arriving or departing IWA, and white tracks represent other aircraft being provided air traffic services by Phoenix TRACON.
The ad-hoc Phoenix Airspace Users Working Group recently issued some stunning graphics showing just how congested the airspace in and around IWA in the southeastern Phoenix metropolitan area is becoming.
“Pilots operating in the airspace near IWA should be aware of the density of air traffic operations in the area,” writes Phillip D. Thornton, Air Traffic Manager, Phoenix Terminal Radar Approach Control, in a Jan. 18, 2012, Letter to Airmen. The letter becomes effective in 30 days . “Approximately 800 aircraft operations a day transit the airspace depicted above at or below 5,000’ MSL (excluding Phoenix Sky Harbor traffic).”
Download the Letter to Airmen, which contains more graphics indicating the airspace issues. (PDF, requires Adobe Reader.)
Permalink, where you can discuss this: http://aftw.org/wp/2012/01/iwaairspace/
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.
Link » (PDF, requires the free Adobe Reader.)
The Aviator Alert Bulletin appears as feature of the Deer Valley Pilots’ Association website at dvtpilots.com. Check it out!
As discussed in at our last meeting. The FAA does not agree with our previously published CGZ GPS approach instructions. I received a certified letter from them today. In general this has to do with when to be on CTAF and when to be on the Practice Area frequency 122.85.
I’ve removed our recommendation at the request of the FAA. However, I have great concern on this topic. I’m concerned on what people are ACTUALLY doing. As we discussed, this area needs to be COMPLETELY evaluated for REAL world safety concerns. I’ve invited the FSDO to our next meeting, they have not yet accepted.
I’ve attached their letter here for your review and comments. I believe an open and honest conversation on this topic is warranted.
FAA Practice Area Notice
Starting this May, a new rule will require all pilots operating in the vicinity of Luke Air Force Base’s student jet transition training areas to be on frequency with Luke Approach.
Altitudes and boundaries of the new mandatory communications area with Luke RAPCON will be charted on the May 2010 VFR Sectional.