IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 
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Due to the increase in aircraft near misses and runway incursions at Goolwa Airport, it is imperative that all pilots are familiar with the requirements for radio broadcasts at non-towered aerodromes.


Pilots using Goolwa Airport must make only the required minimum broadcasts as per CAR 166C and maintain a listening watch as per CAR 243.

Un-necessary broadcasts will not be tolerated at Goolwa Airport.


Please read CAAP 166-1(1), Section 6


In times of high activity it is more important to listen then it is to talk, the longer you spend on the radio the greater the chance of stopping or blocking other transmissions. If you do not listen and just make calls then you greatly increase your risk of a collision. Listen for the expected minimum calls and respond only if there is a reasonable risk of collision, do not make a call if there is no need, each time you make an unnecessary call you stop someone else from making an important call.


In short, VFR pilots should make the following expected calls;

  1. 1.Intention to take off: Immediately before or during taxi. There is no need to give taxi calls if taxiing to the run-up bay, or across the airfield (see note 1). “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC taxiing to runway 01 for departure to the east, Goolwa”

  2. 2.Entering a runway: Immediately before entering a runway. “Goolwa Traffic, ABC entering and rolling runway 01, Goolwa.”

  3. 3.Inbound: At 10nm or sooner depending on performance. “Goolwa Traffic. Cessna 172 ABC is 10 miles to the East, 2500 feet, inbound, on descent, expect circuit at time 25, Goolwa.”

  4. 4.Joining the circuit: Immediately before joining the circuit. “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC joining downwind for 01, Goolwa.”

  5. 5.Straight in or Base leg join: On final before 3nm from threshold, or prior to joining base. “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC is established on final for straight in approach runway 01 full stop, Goolwa.”

  6. 6.Flying through the vicinity: NOTE: Due to skydive operations, if aircraft do not intend to land at Goolwa then they should not overfly, i.e. remain outside the area to avoid conflict. See CAAP 166-1(1) section 5.4.4

CIRCUITS

If you are flying circuits, you do not need to make any calls, you only need to respond to the above expected calls. If you feel the need to call then a base call with intentions is all that is needed. “Goolwa Airport, Cessna 172 ABC turning base, runway 01 for a touch and go, Goolwa.”

EXAMPLES

Good: “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC is taxiing for runway 01 for circuits, Goolwa.” Response: “Goolwa Traffic, Jabiru 7654 is 4 miles to the east, 1100 feet about to join downwind for runway 01, Goolwa.”  The Cessna now knows an aircraft may be joining downwind just as they are turning downwind and can elect to delay takeoff or extend the upwind leg.

Bad: “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC is 10 miles to the east, 3500 feet, inbound, on descent, expect circuit at time 45, Goolwa”. Response: “Goolwa Traffic, Jabiru 7654 is coastal abeam the airfield at 3500 feet, tracking west for Victor Harbor, Goolwa”. This response in unnecessary as there is no risk of conflict.

Bad: “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC is taxiing for run up bay, Goolwa.”, “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC is taxiing for runway 01, Goolwa.”, “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC is entering runway 01, Goolwa.”, “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC is rolling runway 01, Goolwa.” “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC is turning downwind, Goolwa.”, “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC is departing downwind runway 01, on climb to 2500, Goolwa.”, “Goolwa Traffic, Cessna 172 ABC is now 5 miles to the north at 2500 feet, Goolwa.”, etc. etc

CAAP 166-1(1)message_files/CAAP%20166-1.pdf