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Courtesy
2010-03-18

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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