On Playa Pre-Flight:
- Thorough pre-flight inspection before each flight!
- Remove dust covers and blue tape (recommended over static ports, etc).
- Push/pull aircraft into taxi-way and point down the row before starting engine.
- Set altimeter to 3904’ the airport elevation.
- Speak to Dust Devil (134.7) for weather.
- Contact Unicom (122.9) for advisory information, Sky Diving alerts
- Advise passengers to remain silent during takeoff and landing.
- Rolling run-ups to avoid prop damage.
- Properly lean your aircraft appropriate to your engine and the elevation per AOM/POH.
- Flap settings per AOM/POH, for many aircraft this is the lowest aileron deflection.
- Use soft field technique NEVER short field technique.
- Use ground effect to build-up speed then climb…there is plenty of space.
- Carb ice can form with outside temperatures as high as 100 with relative humidity at 50%, carb check recommended after airborne to avoid damage from dust/sand.
- Lights and strobes must be on within the BLM Closure area.
Pull (or push) your plane out and position the plane perpendicular to the parked aircraft so that your prop wash goes down the movement lane, and not onto other planes and/or camps. If you need help just ask as campers/pilots nearby who will usually be happy to help so their tent/airplane doesn’t get dusted. Be patient! Monitor Unicom/CTAF, listen and watch for other aircraft/vehicles/people, announce your intentions, and be courteous. If it’s really busy and you have to wait to takeoff and you’re worried about engine temps, shut down for a while, open your doors to cool-off, and wait until safe.
R = RIGHT = RISE UP and TakeOff: with usual prevailing westerly wind use 25R
Wind shifts: TakeOff on 7R
Usual prevailing wind is westerly ⇒⇒⇒ 7 L————–25R ⇐ ⇐ ⇐ usual takeoff
7R————– 25L ⇦ ⇦ ⇦ Usual landing
DEPARTING TO RENO:
Departure with usual prevailing winds use 25R straight out.
- Straight out making slight adjustments to align with center of the playa.
- Keep at 500 AGL (4404 MSL) for 3 miles.
- After 3 miles climb to altitude.
- Landing lights and strobes must be on at all times within the BLM Closure area.
- Simple position reports: Red low-wing departing 25 straight out for Reno.
Wind shifts depart on 7R straight out 3 miles then right hand crosswind turn to continue to the other side of the Mountains and turn to Reno or upwind back towards BRC/88NV using the procedure below.
- Straight out making slight adjustments to align with center of the playa.Keep at 500 AGL (4404 MSL) for 3 miles.
- After 3 miles, climb to altitude.
- Announce intention and turn away from the event-side to:
- either climb ABOVE 4096 AGL (8000 MSL) to avoid the Inbound Scenic Pattern.
- or fly to the side and avoid the 10 mile BLM Closure area.
- No flying directly over the BRC event.
- Landing lights and strobes must be on at all times. TODO CHECK
Emergency One Runway Operation:
In the event that we are operating with only ONE RUNWAY, flying aircraft have the right of way over those on the ground. NEVER EVER taxi onto the runway for takeoff in front of aircraft on final for landing. You risk getting overrun, and you can blind the landing aircraft with a cloud of prop wash dust. Be patient! Monitor Unicom/CTAF, listen and watch for landing aircraft, announce your intentions, and be courteous. If it’s really busy, and you’re worried about engine temps, shut down for a while, open your doors to cool-off, and wait until everyone lands. When waiting for the runway never cut ahead in line.
Part 135 Pilots: will be briefed pre-event. Contact the Air Commander for details. TODO change to email@example.com ? change location to charter section