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Camping and Parking Overnight

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Got my PPL last summer and spent the past few months exploring local airports. 

I live in the northwest and there are lots of small towns within an hour or two flying with an airport on them. Or even airports in the middle of nowhere with nothing around. 

One thing I’m unclear about is protocol for parking overnight. Can I just park my plane overnight somewhere and walk into town to a hotel without telling anyone? Can I camp near the field, or just under my wing? I think I have seen in the A/FD a couple times where it said camping was okay. 

Just one of those million little thing that isn’t covered in training. During your x-country, you land, get gas, and come home. You don’t really park overnight.

Thanks for all you do.  




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  1. KDS on Feb 02, 2018

    It varies from airport to airport. The prudent thing to do is to call the airport in advance and ask them about services for an overnight stay. Generally speaking, they are happy to help you in any way they can. You can get the telephone number for the airport in many different ways including that little green book called a Chart Supplement by the government or an Airport Facilities Directory by almost everyone else.

    When you call, one of the questions you should ask is “do you have tie-downs for transient aircraft?” Years ago, every airport had tie-downs. Then when they got sued because the tie-downs broke and the aircraft was damaged, they solved the problem by removing all of the tie-downs. It will never hurt to carry your own tie-downs and chocks if you can.

    Lastly, be sure to ask about landing fees and ramp fees. Often they are different amounts depending if you buy fuel or not, so ask that question and plan accordingly.

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