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Feature Article: Courtesy
Airport courtesy extends beyond the rules of right of way.
Don't use strobe lights on the ground. Give preference to aircraft
which operate on time schedules or are large users of fuel. (Fire
suppression aircraft always deserve right of way.) In the run
up area use the wheel instead of the wingtip as your guide to
the edge. Give the taxiway as much clearance as possible to allow
passage of long winged aircraft. Practice using as little of the
run up area as you can safely so that you will develop the skills
needed when little space is available. Though not required, General
Aviation planes can develop good feelings toward their activities
by giving way to commercial operations where practical.
A pilot should enter a run up area and park in such a way as
to minimize the space occupied as a courtesy to other aircraft.
The position, ideally, should not intrude on the ability of other
aircraft to run up, use a taxiway or have runway access. The fighter
wingman position seems to be the best option when arriving after
other aircraft. All too often do we see three planes occupying
space meant for five or more. Arrive at the run up area so as
to allow the engine to face the wind for additional cooling and
to allow maximum room for other aircraft.
Arrive at the run up area so as to allow the engine to face
the wind for additional cooling and to allow maximum room for
other aircraft. Do not let yourself be hurried into a takeoff
by ATC or otherwise. A hurried departure may not allow you to
properly clear the runway approaches. Plan your turn to clear
the runway so as to give a large turning arc for smooth alignment
and acceleration. Remember, ATC only gives clearances. The safety
of any action resides with the pilot. Practice for the departure
communication with the tower to include "on course to destination)"
and a request for a time check. This serves as a mini-flight plan
which is recorded as well an experience in noting zulu time.
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