Hello everyone! This question training series is to help myself, as well as others, better understand the flight procedures that we must follow when in the Expert Server. The rules in the Expert Server are there to help create the most realistic flight environment. So understanding these rules is crucial in order to keep the Expert Server the way it was intended to be. Here is today’s question:
When approaching your destination airport, and you tune into the airport’s unicom, what determines how you classify your approach (straight in, left traffic, or right traffic)?
Your position in relation to the runway.
If you need to enter left/right base/downwind you would declare left/right traffic. If you come in with the runway heading and don’t/barely need to adjust your heading that’s called straight in. This is also why using “departing straight out” means departing with the runway heading, not directly flying away from it like some people think.
That’s at least how I learned it.
Well I mean, it doesn’t have to be perfect. But if it’s obvious that you will be doing a left/right turn then you use left/right traffic. If it’s just a small alteration to get on final then there’s no harm in sending “straight in”.
It’s Unicom, it’s just to inform pilots on the frequency your intentions and what your doing. For a huge majority of the time, no one will complain that you said “straight in” because you turned from 270 degrees to 280 degrees. Does that make sense?
I don’t really have a set number that you must not say “straight in”. If you feel that “straight in” is appropriate then be my guest and use it 😉
If you announced this as soon as you could connect to the unicom, you would most likely still be a good distance away from the airport. Wouldn’t it be better to announce it when you are getting closer to the airport (approaching the red triangle) so that aircraft can better gauge if they have enough time to takeoff or if they should wait?
Thanks! It wasn’t a matter of not understanding the concept. It was more I was trying to make sure the aircraft at the airport would know when someone was getting close to landing. @lucaviness pointed out that you could announce where you were at in your approach to help the aircraft know where you are. Thanks for the help!