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United states Navy SL
Du Sud Isle/Deder Isle, Tuarua Fiji, Nautilus
BASIC AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL PROCEDURES - GRID ATC
FIXED WING & ROTARY WING
[ updated January 2017 ]
Main approach from the North over the Aldabra Sea, between Nautilus and Corsica. Routes from the South (Blake/Nautilus).
Main landing pattern from the East.
From Tuarua Fiji South, take the Coconut Pipe (waterway linking Nautilus and Corsica on the East side) that extends from South to North starting on Baie Saint Anne Isle and ending on Ascalapha.
Head 270 on Ascalapha and follow the Tuarua Fiji North borderline to Port Gonnornertnert, come to 315 to reach Silver Serpent, then wide turn to Port to come to 180 over Rafeiraga. Runway 18-36 L will be right ahead - main landing runway (1).
Main landing pattern from the West.
From Central Nautilus, take the Mini Pipe West Waterway that extends South to North starting on Norcia and ending on Gerache (Lighthouse) - Sunrise Pipe.
Head 90 following the Tuarua Fiji North borderline to Maris, come 360 to Lavaca and then wide turn to starboard to come to 180 over Rafeiraga. Runway 18-36 L will be right ahead - main landing runway (1).
ATC is on channel GRID ATC in Gridtalkie (GT) and it is not automated. Make a call in GT as you exit the pipes and if no ATC officer is on duty follow the routes above. If ATC is on we will guide you in.
NASM fixed wing civilian landing, taxi and take off protocol.
Main landing is on 18 L (1), main take off is 36 L (2), 36 R (1) is secondary take off when clear by ATC. NAS Miramar pilots will take the taxiway by Hangars B and C after landing and stay on the West lot, hangars or tarmac. US Navy pilots are authorized to use the taxiway as apron as long as they stay with their aicraft. If moving away from the aircraft, take it to inventory or, for short stops, use the East apron by the Black Sheep hangar. Landing on 18 R (2 North) is only possible with ATC authorization.
Take off from 18 L (1) is reserved for Navy pilots Bouncing practice (Carrier Field Landing Practice). No other take offs are allowed from it.
Landing on 32 (3) is reserved for small carrier aircraft (arrestors present). 14-32 (4-3) is a STOL runway. Aircraft that make the trap should leave it turning immediately to port into the East Lot, between Pad #07 and the Black Sheep hangar.
Small aircraft that have no hook or carrier aircraft that overshoot the arrestors will come to a full stop before the intersection with 18-36 L (1), and follow ATC instructions. In this case protocol is, if clear, cross both 18-36 (1-2) and turn port into the taxiway/West apron.
Taking off from 14 is reserved for STOL aircraft.
You will be heading 140 into North Tuarua Fiji and should climb to a cruise deck of 200 meters AGL, turning port to 090. That is the cruise deck for aircraft over all of Tuarua Fiji residential estates.
NASM rotary wing civilian landing, taxi and take off protocol.
Visiting rotary wing aircraft have an assigned pad on the East apron (# 07).
Conventional landing and take off (rolling) only on runway 14-32 as described below.
Landing on Pad 07 (visitors pad)
From the East, stay South of Miramar (Du Sud) and enter the region heading 3-6-0 (South to North) following a straight path over the East Apron and to the right of runway 36 R. That places you on the landing path to Pad 07.
From the North, head 1-8-0 (North to South) staying East of Miramar and then use the Easter approach described above.
Taking off from Pad 07 (visitors pad)
Ascent to 30 meters AGL minimum before maneuvering, then veer into runway 14-32 axis heading 1-4-0 (NW to SE) and fly out of Miramar heading 0-4-5 (East) or 1-8-0 (South).
Landings follow patterns that stay clear from the runway 18-36 and their approach and take off paths. Landing conventionally (rolling landing) is authorized on runway 32, taking off conventionally (rolling take off) is allowed on runway 14. Take off paths after a pad take off should stay clear of runway 14-32 under 30 meters ascending and clear of 18-36 at any altitude. Heading out after neutral ascent (zero collective and cyclic) or during forward/aft ascent follow the inverse landing approach path, staying clear of fixed wing approach and take off paths.
Rotary wing operational deck varies, usual cruise deck around 150 to 200 meters ASL (130 to 180 meters AGL) over Tuarua Fiji.
In case you need a holding pattern, remember to fly in a port side oriented circle. The holding deck is 190 meters AGL. Breaks at 80 meters AGL. Hold pattern around Miramar is not possible due to the lack of a sim on its Southwest corner. Recommended pattern should be held over the Aldabra Sea to the North and Northeast of Miramar one sim out, covering a four sim square between the Tuarua Fiji limit and the Corsica mainland - Port Gonnornertnert (referred to as port Gonn), Quimadra, Couse and Valdividian. Breaks will allow heading 360 and then turning port to 180 over Rafeiraga, leaving enough room to align the approach over Conwy.
Larger turns to allow for more alignment time can be made keeping 360 over Corsica, into Silver Serpent, and turning port to 180 into Val Encia, leaving Rafeiraga and Conwy to align before reaching NAS Miramar.
Always use GRID ATC for ATC.
If no ATC in place use common sense and follow the protocol above. When in doubt, contact a local officer if possible.
Remember that Du Sud Isle, where NAS Miramar sits, is a Homestead, so unless you are stopping for a very short time, please take your aircraft into inventory and rez moments before take off in the East apron. Prim reserve should be around 300 prims minimum at any time.