March 2017 Issue
Last year, in the final stages of my student helicopter pilot training, I needed to complete the solo requirement of three takeoffs and landings at an airport with an operating control tower. The short cross-country to the towered airport went well. I negotiated with the tower controller to use the airport’s south helipad, which is near the tower and the approach end of one of the facility’s principal runways. First circuit from and back to the pad was uneventful, two trips to go.
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