and YOUThanks to Travis Jensen, Eugene Air Traffic Controller, for coming toour safety meeting.
ATC: To provide safe, orderly,and expeditious flow ofaircraft through our country’snational airspace system
The first pilots navigated much like the firstweather forecasters—by looking out thewindow.
In 1929 the first air traffic controller, Archie W. League, broughtsome clarity to the confusion with the help of two flags. He wouldwave a checkered flag at pilots when he wanted them to land or takeoff. He waved a red one when he wanted them to hold. Today’sArchie League ATC “SAVE” awards are given in his honor.
By 1932, almost all airline aircraft were beingequipped for radio-telephone communication, andabout 20 radio control towers were operating by1935.
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The Eugenecontrollers work bothin the tower and theradar approachcontrol. Radio calls tothe tower will be:"Eugene Tower" or"Eugene Ground.”
Contact Cascade Approach on 119.6 at least 12miles from the airportWhy? The tower owns the airspace within 6 miles of theairport. Calling 12 or more miles from the airport willallow the approach controller to radar identify you,issue pattern entry instructions, and in the event it isnecessary, provide a vector to avoid traffic orestablish a landing sequence, all prior to you enteringthe towers airspace.
If you are within 5 miles of the airport, are not on a vectorfor sequencing, and are still on approach frequency, ask thecontroller if you should call the tower.Why?At 5 miles you are already in the towers airspace. Perhaps theapproach controller has coordinated with the tower controllerand is vectoring you to follow another aircraft, but more likelyeither they forgot to tell you to call the tower (It happens,they’re human too!), or you missed the frequency change (Ithappens. youre human too!) 747shave landed at SFO onapproach controls frequency (Without a landing clearance.)because either the pilot or the controller forgot to changefrequencies.
For example, Ifinbound stay 2-3 milesleft of the outbounddeparture coursecenterline .
If you have a request for a particular runway letthe approach controller know as early aspossible.Why?The earlier we know, the better the chance wecan make it happen. We will make every effortto accommodate your request, but there will betimes we are not able to because of othertraffic.
If youre having any kind of problem with youraircraft or avionics let us know as soon as possible.Why?Knowing as soon as possible allows us to adjust ourplans accordingly and arrange for assistance should yourequire it. No problem of yours is insignificant to us. Your safety is our number one priority! Thats what were here for!
When you are "cleared for the option" you can make atouch and go, stop and go, low approach, or full stop.If you want something unusual (power out, low pass withmid-field break, etc.) please specifically request it. Thecontroller will almost always accommodate theserequests, but if you do something unexpected it cancreate a conflict with another aircraft.
For more information visit NATCA Local – EUG Air TrafficControl For Western Oregon Website.