Ed Cesnalis Posted September 3, 2012 Report Share Posted September 3, 2012 Our uncontrolled field is a little unconventional in that pilots prefer 27 over 9 and routinely do strait-ins for 27. This never bothered me much If I'm not approaching from the east I just enter the pattern and extend my downwind if the strait in traffic doesn't have a whole in it where I need one to turn base where I normally would. Things have changed a bit in the last 2 years when I took a break from flying, for one we have scheduled service with Bombardier Q400s. Yesterday I got lost in the traffic on approach, I was on a 45, 8,500 ( TPA = 8,000 ) 3m NW. Now 3 different aircraft make initial calls and they are all on downwind but from 11,000 to 13,000'. I couldn't see anyone visually or on my PCAS. Things didn't feel right so I made a call and departed the pattern and announced that I would land #4. The Q400's pattern was about 7-8 miles and he flew it low and outside of where I was and I followed him in and landed #3. I was mixing it up with planes flying what seemed to be over 200kts with patterns that begin a mile above TPA. What would you say? I feel like saying: '2 Charlie Tango, Right Downwind 27 @ 8,000' abeam mid field, other aircraft on downwind please anounce your position including altitude and let me know if you are in front of or behind of me, that is if you see me at all.' BTW these guys are clearing 13,000'+ terrain within 3 miles of the field. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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