Turn Your Plane Around
BeforeThe South Fence
20 March 2021
I have an important subject that needs to be discussed with the membership. As some of you may have noticed we have had much more traffic in front of our property as well as our neighboring property just south of our field. This is primarily due to large numbers of the public visiting the fields of flowers that are currently in spring bloom around us. It has been brought to my attention that we have had many instances of our members flying deep into our southern neighbors property over the past several weeks and we need to find a quick solution to prevent this from happening moving forward.
I understand that this is more than likely not intentional on our part and I admit that I am probably guilty of inadvertently doing this myself many times with some of my longer jet approaches. The thing we need to keep in mind is that we Should Not be flying past the fence line of our property's boundaries especially considering that we now have potentially hundreds of people just on the other side of our southern fence.
In an attempt to quickly address these overflight issues with the public as well as being a good neighbor I am requesting that all flight pattern operations need to be biased more to the northern side of the field and to start your crosswind turns before reaching the southern end of the runway. This new modified pattern should give us a reasonable buffer in completing our turns before reaching the fence line and better our chances of avoiding any potential problems that could possibly jeopardize the clubs future if an accident were to occur. I would also like to request that we have some volunteers at our southern fence line tomorrow doing this first thing when I arrive) with a flag to signal pilots if anyone is flying outside of our property line.
Recently we have done a few tests with some of our members who were very surprised to learn that they had gone way past the southern fence, it really is closer than we all realize. If you happen to get flagged or if someone speaks with you about flying out of bounds please do not take it personally as we all need to adjust to these new flight conditions. If you have any creative ideas on how we can better address this issue moving forward please share your suggestions with one of the club officers or reach out to me directly.
Thank you again for your understanding and help in preserving our club's future.
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