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    IAP GPS turns - Pilot Question for ATC

    The other day I was doing the RNAV-A into Payson Airport (KPAN), we were cleared to cross TOPEE at or above 9000. It was a training flight so we were in no hurry and wanted to do the whole approach, however, the GPS leads the turn, and since we were coming from the west (near OPUMY) it was going...
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    Pilot questions for controllers

    I used to use this site to run questions by controllers, but when the site was upgraded, it seemed like the forum where I would ask my questions went offline ("Stuck Mic Information") forum. Where is the best place for a pilot to post a question to get a controller's two cents?
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    Checking in with Departure after Practice Low Approach

    I had a discussion with my safety pilot after shooting several practice low approaches with Approach in VFR the other day. Got me thinking. After the tower hands me back to Departure, I usually say something like "Socal Depature, Cessna 12345, 800 climing 2000". My safety pilot said she was...
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    Requesting photo mission in Class Bravo

    What is the terminology used to request clearance for photo mission in class bravo? For example, Request transition through Bravo, photo mission over town down at 1500? Does ATC need to know number of orbits, or direction of orbits, or time, or is location and altitude enough?
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    "On the Go" Vs "missed Approach"

    Thanks for the clarification. That was my understanding, but I earned my IFR rating so long ago, I'm always second guessing myself when young whipper-snappers tell me something new. :)
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    "On the Go" Vs "missed Approach"

    When practicing multiple approaches in VFR conditions with a safety pilot, I typically tell the tower "Cessna 123, on the go" to let them know I'm done with the approach and climbing per "climb out" instructions given to me by approach control. I reserve the term "missed approach" for when I'm...
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    Tower to Tower IFR Clearance Under Same Class B

    #NovemberEcho, thanks. I'll continue to do that. I was hoping there was a secret inside trick for those short little local flights where the flight time is actually less than the time it takes to file the flight plan. :)
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    Tower to Tower IFR Clearance Under Same Class B

    Ok. So is there something similar that can be requested when doing a short little hop like this, short of filing a full flight plan? I know I can take off VFR and ask for a pop-up, but what I'm wondering is if there is something similar that I can ask for from Ground/Clnc Del when its just a 10...
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    Tower to Tower IFR Clearance Under Same Class B

    Tower to Tower IFR Clearance - satellite airports I've been reading about tower enroute control ("TEC") lately, and it sounds awesome, but I've never used it. It makes perfect sense, though. If I'm flying a short flight at low altitude that doesn't involve Center, why make a big production--let...
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    Got Slam Dunked on an 80 Mile Final

    So last week, I flew in the same area, and had a wonderfully different experience with ATC. On both legs, ATC started bringing me down 50 miles out which allowed me to have a nice gradual descent without even asking for it. My impression is that approach control has more expertise/experience...
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    How Does ATC Decide Which Approach to Give a Pilot for a Given Runway with Multiple Approaches?

    That is what I was wondering, I didn't hear the controller say "expect" visual or anything, so I assumed I was getting the RNAV that I requested. (After listening to LiveATC I can tell controller had a lot of aircraft in the sector, which could also explain it--although in the past when I've...
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    How Does ATC Decide Which Approach to Give a Pilot for a Given Runway with Multiple Approaches?

    On a recent IFR flight I was cleared for 2 approaches at two different airports that I wasn't fully expecting and it got me to wonder how approach control decides what to give the pilot. Here are the two scenarios: 1. Flying into KLIT in the dark in a rainstorm I was cleared for the ILS, but I...
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    Got Slam Dunked on an 80 Mile Final

    It was a "non-standard" TAA with no base segments. I needed to have started descent at 10 miles out to have a stabilized descent (thats when I called to remind controller that I was requesting the RNAV 31). But I wasn't dropped down, and I wasn't cleared to the fix until about 2 miles before...
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    Got Slam Dunked on an 80 Mile Final

    Exactly, and heading was within the NoPT sector.
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    Got Slam Dunked on an 80 Mile Final

    OMG. I spent all this time researching and reading the analysis of the regs on procedure turns, and I just looked at the approach plate again, and on the top right of the plate it has a sector from 026 inbound to 246 inbound that says "NoPT". Essentially, headings that are 70degrees plus or...
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    Delay Vectors?

    I'm a little late responding to this, but @rytomi, awesome response, concise, on-point, and clear--just the type of response I would expect from ATC. :)
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    Got Slam Dunked on an 80 Mile Final

    You guys are awesome! By the way this approach is just a simple straight line with at HILO PT (dark line race track) on the (IAF/IF) waypoint, followed by the FAF, no feeder, no T, etc. The final approach course is 316, the outbound heading on the HILO PT is 136, I was flying toward the IAF/IF...
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    Got Slam Dunked on an 80 Mile Final

    @Stinger, thanks for explanation, and yes, there was a hold, but the inbound course was 316 and I was flying a heading of 317. I was not instructed to hold. Also btw, the waypoint is a (IF/IAF). There was no need to hold in lieu of procedure turn because I was already essentially on final course...
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    Got Slam Dunked on an 80 Mile Final

    I was on arguably what should have been the easiest IFR flight ever. Took off on Rwy 31, course was 317, landing runway at destination was Rwy 31. It was basically a straight line from take off to landing with NO turns. Destination airport was in middle of nowhere, back woods airport, with no...
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    Is "Cancel IFR" Ambiguous?

    I think it was a mess because I heard him say at one point to another aircraft, "You've had a stuck mic this whole time", but apparently the aircraft with the stuck mic couldn't hear him. I was with him for about 15 minutes before landing and he was dealing with it the whole time, so I have no...