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Aircraft Operations

Introduction:

  • Aircraft operations guide the flow of traffic throughout the National Airspace System by the use of common procedures
  • Increased traffic congestion, aircraft in climb and descent attitudes, and pilot preoccupation with cockpit duties are some factors that increase the hazardous accident potential near the airport
  • The situation is further compounded when the weather is marginal, that is, just meeting VFR requirements
  • Pilots must be particularly alert when operating in the vicinity of an airport
  • This section defines some rules, practices, and procedures that pilots should be familiar with and adhere to for safe airport operations
  • Operations include:

Airport Operations:

  • Increased traffic congestion, aircraft in climb and descent attitudes, and pilot preoccupation with cockpit duties are some factors that increase the hazardous accident potential near the airport. The situation is further compounded when the weather is marginal, that is, just meeting VFR requirements. Pilots must be particularly alert when operating in the vicinity of an airport. This section defines some rules, practices, and procedures that pilots should be familiar with and adhere to for safe airport operations

Departures:

  • Departure procedures facilitate the flow of traffic out of the terminal area
  • They may be simple such as departing in a direction on course to complex instrument procedures through the busiest airspace in the country

En-Route:

Arrivals:

  • Transitioning from the enroute to the terminal environment often requires the use of standardized procedures to guide the flow of traffic
  • The FAA/DoD accomplish this task through Standard Terminal Arrivals (STARs)
ILS or LOC 22L

Approach & Landing:

Ground Operations:

Glider Flying Handbook

Terminal Area:

Night:

  • In general, night operations are procedurally the same as day operations but their conduct is not
  • Even for the most experienced pilot, night operations must be treated with vigilence

Gliding/Soaring:

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems: