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 Got Taxiway Route Planning/Tracking? There is an App for that!

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Source: AOPA Air Safety Institute - “Hold your position, just stop!”
A pilot for United said that even for him landing at busy airports like O’hare was very stressful. In fact, for many pilots, landing or departing from buys, unfamiliar, low visibility airports or at night is stressful!

We can think that if we ask for “Progressive” help from the tower all will be fine. However, that answer will not work well at major busy airports like O’Hare or from the many airports where the tower simply cannot see you due to spots on the field not visible to them or from low visibility.

We can think that if we have geo-referenced taxi diagrams; we “know” where we are. Yes, but at a glance, do you know where you are relative to where you should be? Do we know what turn is coming next?

Add to the stress the fact that there are surprisingly over 2,000 runway incursions a year. This alone tells you we have a real problem.

Clearly we need to improve in this area – reduce stress, reduce incursions.

The good news is there is an App for that!

Now – Route Planning/Tracking.

Review this actual historical event of how one wrong turn while taxing in reduced visibility can set the stage for mistaken assumptions by tower controllers and pilots. Airport KPFV – Providence, RI. December 6, 1999.

After the review and instrucion on how to create a taxiway route/moving map for tracking aircraft position on the ground, there are two additional actual scenarios at the bottom of this page you can use to practice and develop this skill.

Training Exercise: AOPA Runway Safety –Hold your position, just stop!


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Here is what happened. United 1448 landed on runway 5R and turned off onto taxiway N. It is here that they received their instructions to continue taxi to the ramp via taxiway November then Tango report crossing runway 16.


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Instead, they turn on to taxiway Bravo and proceed onto the active runway 5R.


View and hear the full story with actual pilot/tower communications and the near disastrous consequences.



But how could this have all been avoided with the use of the iPad or tablet as an EFB to improve your situational awareness? There is an app for that. And it is probably one you already have.

answer

Step 1: Upon landing, have the airport diagram up on your EFB.

ForeFlight

Garmin Pilot



WingX Pro7

Jeppesen

 



Step 2: While listening to the tower providing taxiway instructions, annotate the taxiway diagram with that route. This will essentially provide a route that, at glance, can significantly improve your situational awareness as a moving map with the aircraft’s position outlined in real time. Taxi to the ramp via taxiway November then Tango report crossing runway 16.

ForeFlight
Hit Pencil Symbol
in Upper Left


Garmin Pilot
Hit Menu Button Upper Right,
then Annotate Chart




WingX Pro7
Hit Pencil in Lower Left


Jeppesen
Hit Pencil Symbol in Lower Right




Step 3: Follow the taxiway instructions with periodic checks of the airport diagram confirming your position. Report crossing runway 16. Then proceed into the ramp.

ForeFlight

Garmin Pilot



WingX Pro7

Jeppesen

 

The reverse of this tip can be used for departures as well.

Practice #1: AOPA Runway Safety – Untimely Distraction

  1. Bring up the airport diagram on your EFB for Mather airport – KMHR.
  2. While watching the video below, trace the taxiway instructions given by the tower on the diagram to create the taxiway route/ground moving map.
  3. What instruction did the tower fail to give that contributed to pilots taking off from a closed runway? (Before the video reveals the answer)



Practice #2: AOPA Runway Safety – Over the Line

  1. Bring up the airport diagram on your EFB for Fort Pierce, Florida airport – KFPR
  2. While watching the video below, trace the taxiway instructions given by the tower on the diagram to create the taxiway route/ground moving map.
  3. How did you mark the hold short line to remind you to not proceed?



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