All pilots are invited to a Pilot – ATC forum to be held at 9:30am on Saturday, July 17th, in the Greenville Jet hangar on the East Ramp at GMU. For those arriving by car, the address is 100 Aviation Lane, Greenville, South Carolina. If flying in, use taxiway Foxtrot due to maintenance.
Controllers from GSP Tower and Approach, GMU Tower, and GYH Tower have all agreed to be present. We will begin with introductions and let them briefly explain their roles and their interactions in such a complicated airspace. A general question-and-answer period will follow.
The success of the air traffic system and its ongoing availability and use by General Aviation relies on maintaining a good pilot-ATC rapport, particularly as new GA pilots and new Controllers become part of the system. For the air traffic system to be a success, both pilots and ATC have to build and maintain the rapport on which that success depends.
This meeting’s purpose is to improve each others’ understanding of their interests with regard to flights and how pilots and ATC can best work together to everyone’s benefit. The goal is for both sides to come out of this meeting with a greater preference to be in communication with each other vs. preferring to avoid communication.
FAASTeam is working to set up Wings credit for those attending.
A Video Archive Section has been added to the site! The first of what we hope to be several videos from “back in the day” has been posted. The video was found among several household items left in the estate of Gerald Ballard and is of the SCBC held in Cheraw back in August, 1987. Just click on ‘Video Archive’ at the top menu.
Spartanburg (KSPA) has reported that they cannot host the SCBC on August 5 due to runway re-paving. Those of us who enjoy landing on turf really don’t want to land on THAT kind of turf, so we will defer visiting Spartanburg for another day.