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 Post subject: Re: Contacting an MF/FSS
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:28 am 
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Donald wrote:
Illya Kuryakin wrote:
Okay, so I guess my real question is WHY?



I'll take a stab at it......Cranbrook?


Nope.

Illya, while we're in the mood of complaining about others.. how about you tell your pilots to stop holding on the pads in Pik for 6 hours during court. Pretty inconsiderate to all the turn around traffic.



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 Post subject: Re: Contacting an MF/FSS
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 3:10 pm 
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I haven't worked a RAAS since they took them out of the FICs, but way back, Centre used to pass the inbound info to us. Then for some reason it was decreed that they didn't have to so we stopped getting the inbounds. I always trusted that the powers that be in Ottawa knew what they were doing. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Contacting an MF/FSS
PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:42 pm 
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Illya Kuryakin wrote:
Okay, so I guess my real question is WHY?
Every FSS knows you're inbound. They have a strip on you. They even give you as traffic to other aircraft, even BEFORE you inform them of your presence. So why is this "warning, I'm inbound, hide the women and children" call even a requirement?
I suspect this came from some space dork in Ottawa to justify his existence.
Seriously. WTF? It's silly. Adds nothing to safety and ties up frequencies.
Illya


As an FSS, who happens to work some of the places mentioned(YTS, YMO), maybe I can clear up some of the confusion. Yes, we get a strip on IFR inbounds and outbounds. However, this strip only includes: who you are, what you are, where you're coming from/going to, and a CAATS estimate of your arrival time overhead the field. It does NOT include: your intended runway or approach information. The "heads up" calls 15 minutes out are nice because they help up plan out what we're going to need to do, lets us know if you have the ATIS information so we don't have to go into a long monologue of all the current information(weather, pireps, preferred runways, notams, rscs, etc) when you get handed over, and a more accurate ETA. When it's busy, we don't always get a point out from Centre, they give us one if they have time to, or if they're holding onto someone within 15nm.

You may not think it adds to safety, but the information we get on those calls is a huge help. Also, it closes a hole in the swiss cheese on the odd time that we DON'T get a strip on someone. In the event of a comm failure or the likes, we would have no clue that you're coming in otherwise. This happens more in YMO than it does in YTS. Has something to do with the connection between Winnipeg and Toronto that flight plans/itineraries opened by Winnipeg don't always populate.

If you have any further questions on the matter, I'll try my best to answer them for you.
Cheers,
W&P


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 Post subject: Re: Contacting an MF/FSS
PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:46 pm 
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wingandaprayer wrote:
Illya Kuryakin wrote:
Okay, so I guess my real question is WHY?
Every FSS knows you're inbound. They have a strip on you. They even give you as traffic to other aircraft, even BEFORE you inform them of your presence. So why is this "warning, I'm inbound, hide the women and children" call even a requirement?
I suspect this came from some space dork in Ottawa to justify his existence.
Seriously. WTF? It's silly. Adds nothing to safety and ties up frequencies.
Illya


As an FSS, who happens to work some of the places mentioned(YTS, YMO), maybe I can clear up some of the confusion. Yes, we get a strip on IFR inbounds and outbounds. However, this strip only includes: who you are, what you are, where you're coming from/going to, and a CAATS estimate of your arrival time overhead the field. It does NOT include: your intended runway or approach information. The "heads up" calls 15 minutes out are nice because they help up plan out what we're going to need to do, lets us know if you have the ATIS information so we don't have to go into a long monologue of all the current information(weather, pireps, preferred runways, notams, rscs, etc) when you get handed over, and a more accurate ETA. When it's busy, we don't always get a point out from Centre, they give us one if they have time to, or if they're holding onto someone within 15nm.

You may not think it adds to safety, but the information we get on those calls is a huge help. Also, it closes a hole in the swiss cheese on the odd time that we DON'T get a strip on someone. In the event of a comm failure or the likes, we would have no clue that you're coming in otherwise. This happens more in YMO than it does in YTS. Has something to do with the connection between Winnipeg and Toronto that flight plans/itineraries opened by Winnipeg don't always populate.

If you have any further questions on the matter, I'll try my best to answer them for you.
Cheers,
W&P


As a pilot who flies into Radio airports regularly, this is good information to know. Thanks!



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 Post subject: Re: Contacting an MF/FSS
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:34 am 
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What Illya meant to say was
" well I'll be, thanks wingandaprayer for giving me the answer I was looking for! I come on Avcanada to further my professionalism and never stop learning! +1
Yours forever,
Illya"


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 Post subject: Re: Contacting an MF/FSS
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Maynard wrote:
What Illya meant to say was
" well I'll be, thanks wingandaprayer for giving me the answer I was looking for! I come on Avcanada to further my professionalism and never stop learning! +1
Yours forever,
Illya"


You crack me up Maynard. But yup, that was the answer I was looking for.
So, thank you wingandaprayer. A lot of poop must be shovelled before one finds the pony.
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 Post subject: Re: Contacting an MF/FSS
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Saxub wrote:

Illya, while we're in the mood of complaining about others.. how about you tell your pilots to stop holding on the pads in Pik for 6 hours during court. Pretty inconsiderate to all the turn around traffic.


Well, you could put on your "big boy" pants and walk over and ask. Just might have been the only spot available when the plane arrived?
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 Post subject: Re: Contacting an MF/FSS
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:00 am 
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He's got a point. It's like when you park your car somewhere but the guy next to you parked liked a JackAs, which forces you to also park that way, and then they leave and your left looking like the JackAs

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