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  • Walkthrough Tutorial: IFR Hobart to Launceston

    Procedural Towers are found around the country where traffic levels warrant a full approach service, but not the cost of installing a radar and consoles. Many of these locations will have limited radar or other surveillance coverage and the tower will be equipped with a situational awareness tool that displays aircraft within coverage.

    We will demonstrate a flight between Hobart and Launceston to illustrate the phraseology and reporting requirements when under the control of a procedural tower. We will be operating VH-ZFR, a Beechcraft King Air 350, from Hobart to Launceston via H111 at FL120.

    First, we must obtain the current ATIS...

    [ATIS: YMHB]
    WND: 300/15 
    QNH: 1019. 
    TMP: 11. 
    CLD: BKN 2500. 


    We can now contact Hobart Ground [HB_GND] on 121.700

    [PILOT] Hobart Ground, Zulu Foxtrot Romeo for Launceston, 3 POB [persons on board], received Bravo, request clearance and taxi

    [HB_GND] ZFR, cleared to Launceston, direct, maintain FL120, squawk 2415

    [PILOT] Cleared to Launceston, direct, maintain FL120, squawk 2415, ZFR

    [HB_GND] ZFR, taxi to holding point Delta, Runway 30, time check 57 and a half [57 minutes 30 seconds past the hour]

    [PILOT] Taxi to holding point Delta, Runway 30, ZFR


    As we approach the holding point, we can change to Hobart Tower [HB_TWR] without being prompted on 118.100.

    [PILOT] Hobart Tower, ZFR, ready

    [HB_TWR] ZFR, make left turn, cleared for take-off

    [PILOT] Make left turn, cleared for take-off, ZFR

    Note: After take-off, you should intercept the H111 airway within 5 NM.


    We must also make a departure report to Tower with our estimate for the next position.

    [PILOT] ZFR tracking 335 from Hobart, climbing to FL120

    [HB_TWR] ZFR, report climb speed

    [PILOT] 140 knots, ZFR

    [HB_TWR] ZFR, due to preceding traffic on the same route, reduce speed to not above 120 knots on the climb, advise if unable

    [PILOT] Reduce to not above 120 knots on the climb, ZFR

    Note: For a Class D procedural tower, we must make a departure report with our tracking information (must confirm the track established with reference to appropriate navigation aid) and last assigned altitude.

    Note: We now reduce our speed to 120 knots until we reach cruising level. We may be asked to report passing a certain level or ATC may be able to monitor our climb on their situational awareness tool.


    Passing 4000 feet, we are instructed to contact the next controller...

    [HB_TWR] ZFR, contact Melbourne Centre on 123.8.

    [PILOT] 123.8, ZFR

    We now contact Melbourne Centre [ML_CTR] on 123.800

    [PILOT] Melbourne Centre, ZFR passing 4300 for FL120

    [ML_CTR] ZFR, identified 28 miles north of Hobart


    A short while later...

    [ML_CTR] ZFR, when ready, descend to one zero thousand, Launceston QNH 1015

    [PILOT] Descend to 10000 feet, QNH 1015, ZFR

    [ML_CTR] ZFR, identification terminated, contact Launceston Tower on 118.7

    [PILOT] 118.7, ZFR


    We can now switch to Launceston Tower on 118.700

    [PILOT] Launceston Tower, ZFR, descending through FL112 for 10000 feet, 32 DME, estimating Launceston at time 23

    [LT_TWR] ZFR, Launceston Tower, descend to 8000, runway 32L

    [PILOT] Descend to 8000, runway 32L, request ILS approach, ZFR

    [LT_TWR] ZFR, report at 20 DME, expect ILS approach

    [LT_TWR] ZFR, descend to 3000 not below the DME steps

    [PILOT] Descend to 3000, not below the DME steps.

    Note: We can now descend to 3000, but we must not descend below the lowest safe altitudes on the DME/GPS Arrival chart. For our routing, we follow the steps for Sector D.


    Once we are 20DME...

    [PILOT] ZFR is at 20 DME

    [LT_TWR]: ZFR, Track direct to Launceston Sierra India (MLTSI), intercept the localizer, maintain 3000 until established, cleared ILS Runway 32L approach

    [PILOT] Direct to Launceston Sierra India (MLTSI), intercept the localizer, maintain 3000 until established, cleared ILS Runway 32L approach, ZFR


    As we are tracking down the glideslope...

    [LT_TWR] ZFR, cleared to land

    [PILOT] Cleared to land, ZFR


    Shortly after landing...

    [LT_TWR] ZFR, taxi to the GA Apron

    [PILOT] Taxi to the GA Apron, ZFR


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