To: (Separate email addresses with commas)
From: (Your email address)
Message: (Optional)
Send
Cancel

Thanks!

Close

10 Things You Need To Do Before Flying Into An Unfamiliar Airport

Don't fly in unprepared.

1) Review The Airspace

If you're flying into new and busy airspace, familiarize yourself with surrounding airports and controlling agencies before you take off.

2) Have A Taxi Diagram Ready To Go

Make sure you have a taxi diagram downloaded or in paper form with you. There's no better way to feel lost than exiting the runway only to find a maze of taxiways and no way to get a good overview.

FAA

3) Call Ahead

If you're planning to stop at an FBO, call ahead to verify opening and closing times, fuel prices, and ramp/hangar availability.

Boldmethod

4) Know Anyone Who's Flown There?

If you know a pilot that's been to the airport, ask them what to expect, or if there's any unique challenges about flying in.

Boldmethod

5) Study Arrival And Departure Procedures Before You Fly

Some airports have VFR arrival and departure procedures. Read through them before you take off. If there are waypoints or reporting points you don't recognize, look them up online.

Boldmethod

6) Check NOTAMs

It goes without saying, but checking NOTAMs is always a good idea, especially when flying into an unfamiliar airport. Pay special attention to runway, taxiway, and navigational equipment closures.

7) Are There Unique Local Weather Patterns?

Many airports are known for unique wind and weather patterns at certain times of the day and year. Considering looking up some details before you take off. Better yet, call the FBO before you go and talk to a local pilot.

gc232

8) Double Check Your Airplane's Performance

You're probably comfortable with takeoff and landing distances for your local airports, but remember to check performance calculations as you fly into and new airport, especially those on hot days at high elevations.

Boldmethod

9) Progressive Taxiing Is Always An Option

If you get lost during taxi at a large, unfamiliar airport, stop where you are. Take a second to figure out your position and taxi route, and consider asking the ground for a progressive taxi if you need it.

10) If ATC Directs You To Local Waypoints, Tell Them You're Unfamiliar And Request Vectors

One of the most common problems you'll face flying into new airports is ATC directing you to local landmarks or waypoints. If you're unfamiliar, it's much better to let them know right away than to get confused, lost, and cause a traffic conflict.

Boldmethod

What else should you do? Tell us in the comments below!

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and commercial pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He holds multi-engine and instrument ratings, and is an aviation student at the University of North Dakota. He's the author of the articles, quizzes and lists you love to read every week. You can reach Swayne at swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures at http://www.swaynemartin.com.

Images Courtesy:

Recommended Stories

Latest Stories

    Load More
    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email