FLY IN SAFETY
This section is in addition to normal safety and procedures at our airfield, and covers days when we are hosting busy fly-ins. We have seen movements in excess of 90 in a single day when the weather is fine.
Flying into and out of Easter on arranged Fly-In days
IMPORTANT PILOT INFORMATION
At Easter, we expect a large number of different types of aircraft to be flying into and around Easter Airfield on arranged fly-ins. These include Group A, Microlights and Aerobatic aircraft to name a few. They are of differing speeds and capabilities therefore separation and a good look out is paramount for your safety.
ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES FROM / TO THE SOUTH
If arriving from, or departing to the South, contact Inverness Radar on 122.605 when within 20 miles of Inverness. For co-ordination with Inverness, traffic arriving from or departing to the South should transit the Inverness overhead, at the 05/23 mid point, on a South/North or North/South track at 2500' QNH, cloudbase permitting. Should the weather not be fit for a transit at 2500', you are reminded that you ARE NOT PERMITTED to infringe the Inverness ATZ and you should route as necessary to avoid the ATZ and Fort George danger areas. (Rule 11 of the Rules of the Air regulations (2015)).
This is to avoid the situation in recent times where we had several aircraft orbiting on the Black Isle on departure from Easter. Many thanks to Inverness ATC for co-operating with this safety related request.
ALL ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES
Contact Inverness Radar on 122.605 when within 20 miles of Inverness.
Note that there is NO A/G frequency at Easter and therefore SAFETYCOM (135.480)will be in use. We cannot mandate the use of this frequency, and there are a few aircraft that may be non-radio, but we strongly suggest that you keep a good look out, listen and transmit position reports to aid separation.
If you are unfamiliar with SAFETYCOM, can you please go to CAP 413 and familiarise yourself with the phraseology and procedures.
There are several airfields around Easter who operate on the SAFETYCOM frequency. Make sure ALL transmissions are prefixed ‘EASTER TRAFFIC’.
Make position reports in the air and on the ground.
Please announce your position and intentions when 5-10 miles from Easter Airfield.
See Pilot Information on this website for weekend joining instructions. If unable to join downwind due to traffic, please do a standard overhead join and keep a good look out.
We will have a monitored ground station on SAFETYCOM. This is for emergency use only and no information will be provided from the ground and separation is your responsibility. Do not expect a reply from the ground unless you declare an emergency on SAFETYCOM.
If we have a large number of aircraft attending, we may operate a marshaller for parking. Please follow marshalling instructions after landing if he is present.
Above all, have a good time and stay safe.