Learning Experiences

July 2002 Issue

Destination Unknown

I had an aircraft starting to flare at the same time as me but at the other end of the runway.

I have been a flight instructor for a few years at Orange County Airport in Montgomery, N.Y. During that time, its become crystal clear why pilots should be extra careful when flying into uncontrolled airports.

Some pilots neglect to use current charts, ignore the Airport/Facility Directory, and dont bother to check Notams before flying to another airport. Here are some perfect examples of what I am talking about.

In January 2001, Orange County Airport started to use a new CTAF because of radio congestion with other uncontrolled airports in the area. We all thought this would be great.

I quickly changed my mind the first time I had an aircraft starting to flare at the same time...

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