Pilots and Controllers Forum 

Howard Deevers 


Have you ever felt uncomfortable talking to Air Traffic Controllers? How about the Ground and Tower Controllers at the Control Towered airports? Not sure about procedures to fly into Class B, C, or D airports? We have the answers for you.

The Scottsdale FSDO reached out to the Southern Arizona FAASTeam to provide a forum where pilots could listen to controllers and ask questions, the Pilots and Controllers Forum on October 18, 2017. This forum will be at the Pima Community College, Aviation Training Facility, on Tucson International Airport. It will be a 2 hour forum, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, and you can get WINGS credit for attending.

Runway Incursions continue to be a problem at Towered airports. Landing on the wrong runway or taking off without clearance could get you an interview with the FAA. FAASTeam Representative and flight instructor, Samir Kanuga, will start off this forum with his excellent, easy to follow, easy to understand program on preventing “Runway Incursions.”

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Have you ever landed at a larger airport with a control tower and were not sure where to go after turning off of the runway? Even worse, maybe at night and you are not familiar with that airport. This is the time to ask a controller what you should do in this case.

The Controller Panel will have representatives from the Tucson Tower, Ryan Tower, DM Tower, Tucson Approach Control, and the Scottsdale FSDO Safety Program Managers. Pilots may direct questions to any panel member, or just general questions and the Program Manager will ask the correct controller to answer that question. Controllers can ask question of the pilots attending, also. This will be a two-way program, one of the most fun and informative ways to learn.

The Pima Community College facility is at the end of Park Ave, on the Southwest side of Tucson Airport. If you fly in, ask for directions to the ramp outside of the fence to the facility. If you drive in, turn south on Park Ave at the traffic light on Valencia Rd and go all the way to the end. The facility is the last building on Park Ave. If you pre-register on the sign in sheet will have your information already on it. Just put your initials next to your name, and you will get credit for the seminar.

ADS-B may change the way we fly. Controlled airspace may require you to have ADS-B out in order to fly into that space. This is the time to bring your questions about the NextGen of air traffic control.

Fly Safe, and look for the APA at the Copperstate Fly-In at Falcon Field at the end of this month!