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    Base as a Mandatory reporting point

    I searched for this and didnt find anything so i apologize if this has been covered.

    I've been told since tech school that base is a mandatory reporting point, but in recent searches that have covered the .65, afi 13-204 and the AIM I have come up empty in finding a reference that backs this up. Any help on pointing me in the right direction to find this? thanks in advance

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    Re: Base as a Mandatory reporting point

    Never have heard of that, but I am sure they say this because you better have a plan at that point or otherwise the pilot is going to wonder what the hell is going on.

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    Re: Base as a Mandatory reporting point

    That makes sense. I was watching a three level in position who I was discussing it with and I wanted to get back to him with a solid answer. When my own research proved futile I figured this was the best place to follow up.

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    Re: Base as a Mandatory reporting point

    look in your facility regs and loas. if its not in those, its probably in the flying units regs. our squadrons had something that required they report base, gear, and landing type.

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    Re: Base as a Mandatory reporting point

    [QUOTE=pjh13;191870]That makes sense. I was watching a three level in position who I was discussing it with and I wanted to get back to him with a solid answer. When my own research proved futile I figured this was the best place to follow up.[/QUOTE

    Dude, get that lazy ass 3-level to look up the info himself in the good ol .65,haha. Some things the regs don't address but makes sense when you're pushing tin. For example, when fighter pilots call "base, gear, stop" they are looking for a landing clearance. Also, you don't have to tell those guys to report base because they almost always do. Lastly, if someone is at base and did not report and you Local controller see it, freakin issue a landing clearance rather than waiting for the pilot to report since he's busy trying to configure his aircraft.

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    Re: Base as a Mandatory reporting point

    base is only a mandatory reporting point for the AF pilots. as for controllers, it's not mandatory.

    after i got out of the AF, if an AF pilot reported base at my civilian airport i would usually just "roger" him or completely ignore him. we cleared them on the downwind so the base reporting point was pointless.

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    Re: Base as a Mandatory reporting point

    Depends on how you guys do that at your base. In every facility, I'm sure there are a bunch of little "isms" that are specific to that airport that you guys do to stay out of trouble. It's important to have your trainee understand that and to know when something is in the book.

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    Re: Base as a Mandatory reporting point

    I have worked with about ten AF controllers and currently there are two "5 levels" at my airport for augmentation. Anyway, all have that "report base" in their phraseology. I said why not the 180? (on the downwind abeam the approach end numbers for you youngsters) He said why? I said once the aircraft starts base and you have someone on final that you forgot about because we have no radar, where's your out? We went on after that and they are trying not to say "report base" any longer. Teachem while they're young.

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    Re: Base as a Mandatory reporting point

    I was always taught to report midfield downwind if the freq wasn't too busy...this isn't mandatory and I've never reported turning base (only short final when I still hadn't received clearance to land lol)

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    Re: Base as a Mandatory reporting point

    You poor, poor people that have been infected by the United States Chair Force and their "regs".

    I give a thumbs up out the window when the AF pilots do it to me. If its a flight of 2 I issue 2 thumbs up.

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