Rules & Safety
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Updated January 9, 2013
Author: Jonathan Hendrickson
After an exceptionally long winter many of us need a little refresher on runway communication and protocol. This system keeps our pilots and aircraft safe and prioritizes runway use.
Runway Communications are verbal announcements required to be used between you and any other pilots anytime you or your aircraft enters the runway area (grass or paved).
Most SLRCFA members are fluent in runway communication, but new members and guest may need a little help.
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.
High speed low-passes over the paved runway are never allowed and must be performed past the far edge of the paved runway.
Hovering over the paved or grass runway is NEVER allowed while there is an established pattern. If there is no established pattern or you are the only pilot flying, you may hover no closer to the pilot’s stations than the paved runway center line. However, if you are the only pilot flying and all other pilots present approve, you may move from the pilot’s station to get closer to your aircraft.
If more than one pilot is flying, the established pattern must be followed. Takeoffs and landings will be all in the same direction unless the wind changes and all pilots agree to reverse the pattern.
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