You may have heard on the evening news something about drone registration and thought, I don’t fly a drone so that doesn’t apply to me…Think again, they were really talking about Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). So what exactly is a sUAS and what actually has to be registered?
St. Louis Radio Control Flying Association
March 1st, 2017
Pilot Communications (callouts) are verbal announcements that are required to be used between you and other pilots anytime you or your aircraft enters the runway operations area (grass or paved runways and taxiways beyond the white lines). All Communications must be acknowledged by all pilots before proceeding with your intentions. Fly as close as practical to the other pilots already flying to improve communication.
Use the following Pilot Communications, and make sure you get confirmation from 100% of all other pilots in the air before proceeding, unless you need to land for safety’s sake:
Runway Protocol/Priorities allow multiple aircraft operating in close airspace to land and/or maneuver on or over the runway in an orderly and safe manor. This list below is in order of priority.
1. Declared “dead stick” landing has priority over all other flight activities. The runway must be cleared for him. If more than one happens at the same time, generally, the first declared has the right-of -way, or he may yield to a lower other aircraft at his discretion.
2. Declared “equipment problem” and needing to land ASAP.
3. Declared normal “landing”
4. Declared “touch and go”
5. Declared “takeoff”
6. Declared “slow fly-by” or “Low Pass”
High speed low-passes over the paved runway are never allowed and must be performed past the far edge of the paved runway.
Per the FIELD RULES, the established flight pattern must be maintained. 3D maneuvers over-the-runway (like hovering and “Harriering) by definition, breaks the pattern, and therefore is allowed only if all pilots in the air have acknowledged and allowed you to do so. These Maneuvers may not be performed any closer than the paved runway center line. If you are alone hovering, you may exit the PILOT ZONE to get closer to your aircraft. See the Field Rules for specific rules governing establishment of a pattern, changing a pattern, and when hovering is allowed. Hovering or “Harriering” beyond a line established 30 feet away from the far side of the runway is allowed at all times.