With the new flying season getting under way here is a reminder if you intend to visit Nelson and want to fly from the Barnicoat site.
Please be aware that a new agreement with Air Traffic Control in Nelson has resulted in a new MOU (Memorundum of Understanding).
Any and all pilots wanting to fly in the Barnicoat site must comply with the requirements.
These include (but are not limited to):
- Be Inducted to the site using the new format checklist issued September 2015
- Carry and use a UHF Channel 34 (477.250 MHz) with CTCSS tone squelch set to 123.0 Hz.. (or number 18 pre-set).
- Be prepared to land immediately if notified by ATC on Ch 34
The Induction form is available here:
As the Barnicoat site is within MTZ (Mandatory Transponder Zone) we cannot express the importance of complying with this MOU.
Please make the effort to print it, be familiar with it and bring it with you.
Also sort your radios out as described above before intending to fly at this site. If you do not have a suitable radio one can be rented from some club pilots.
If you can't comply or don't wish to comply with these requirements there are plenty of other sites in the region where you could go instead.
Please contact the Tasman Club or any local pilot who will help to explain and assist in the process.
For the benefit of all pilots now and in the future please ensure that any pilot traveling with you knows of this procedure for this site.