Flying Into Airports Above 10,000 Feet | What To Do
Are you flying into an airport above 10,000 feet? Awesome, this topic is for you!
Just because the aiport is above 10,000 feet and you can fly faster than the usual 250kts speed restriciton below 10,000 feet doesn’t mean you should.
I was controlling earlier today, and aircraft where calling in on downwind or as they where entering downwind going in excess of 300+ knots. This isn’t acceptable especially when the airspace is busy and there is other aircraft in the pattern. You need to be considerate of the aircraft and fellow pilots around you.
For example, if you are sequenced number 4 in the traffic pattern then that means that there is 3 aircraft ahead of you. If they are all flying at a reasonable downwind speed of around 200 knots (give or take) and you are blasting along at 300+ knots, it doesn’t help anyone.
Just slow down and have patience. We will get you in for landing as soon as we possibly can.
Moral of the story… just because the airport elevation is above 10,000 feet doesn’t mean like you have to go like James Bond on a top secret mission, blasting through the airspace. Easy back and take in the scenery.