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Pilot Controlled Airport

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A single runway (9-27), 40' wide with no turning circle at either end at a pilot controlled field.  A singular taxi way connects to the runway just to the west of the 27 threashold.  Taxiway is 20' wide.  About 200' back from the taxiway is the small ramp area.


If I hear someone in the pattern calling for a full stop, I usually wait on the ramp for them to taxi back.  What is the etiquette if I have holding short of the active and someone decides to do a full stop and head to the hanger?  Doing a 180 on the taxi way is not something recommended due to the drainage ditches on both sides of the taxiway.

Do I pull out on to the active runway and tuck into the threashold area of 27 just clear of the taxiway and allow the aircraft that just landed to taxi back on the runway and back to the ramp?  There would be 15'-20' clearance between aircraft at all times.

Do I pull out on the active runway and 180 back on to the taxi way to wait on the ramp for the aircraft that just landed to taxi back to the ramp?

In both cases would clearly artiucualate my intentions to the area traffic.

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    Russ Roslewski on Feb 27, 2017

    “Do I pull out on to the active runway and tuck into the threashold area of 27 just clear of the taxiway and allow the aircraft that just landed to taxi back on the runway and back to the ramp?”

    That’s what I’d do. It’s the quickest, most expeditious way for both of you.We’re talking “etiquette” here, not regulations, so do whatever makes the most sense.

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  2. Kris Kortokrax on Mar 06, 2017

    Note: there is no such thing as a pilot controlled airport. You will not find this term in any FAA regulation or publication. It is an uncontrolled airport (which is not to say that it is unregulated, merely that there is no air traffic controller exercising control over the airport).

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