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...
HOBART TERMINAL INFORMATION BRAVO
EXP ILS APCH
RWY: 30 FOR ARR AND DEP.
CLD: BKN 2500.
VIS: GREATER THAN 10 KM.
ON FIRST CONTACT WITH HOBART NOTIFY RECEIPT OF BRAVO.
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