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When approximately 15 miles out pilots should ask atc

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When approximately 15 miles out, pilots should ask ATC if there is any conflicting traffic and monitor the ATC frequency for traffic alerts. Approximately ten miles out, pilots shall broadcast, in the blind if necessary, position and NBAA Safety Best Practices
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Safety Best Practices Manual intentions on the Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF) or Local Airport Advisory (LAA). Calls recommended on CTAF or LAA are: Ten miles out. Entering downwind. Base. Final. Exiting the runway. IFR flight plans should be canceled to avoid initiating search and rescue operations for overdue aircraft, but not until after landing at uncontrolled airports. On instrument approaches, it is recommended that pilots broadcast the following on CTAF: Departing final approach fix. On final approach. Approach completed. It is the responsibility of the PIC to ensure that the runway is clear. If conditions permit, an approach overhead the airport helps to verify that the runway is clear, the wind direction, the runway in use, and increases the probability of visual acquisition by other aircraft. When departing from the airport, broadcast departure intentions before taxiing and before taking the runway. Pilots should comply with the departure procedures for the airport including noise abatement procedures. Recommended procedures are: Make frequent radio calls. Request any traffic in the vicinity of the airport identify themselves so that you are aware of each other’s presence. Turn all exterior lights on. Dim interior lights as much as possible during night operation for better outside visibility. BE ALERT. Complete as many checklist items as possible before entering the pattern. Call the airport manager or the FBO prior to departing on the trip to inquire about runway conditions, weather, NOTAM, runway lighting, obstacles or any possible hazards. Review charts prior to flight and note minimum altitudes for terrain clearance. AIRWORTHINESS DETERMINATION (PILOTS) The final responsibility for determining airworthiness of the aircraft rests with the PIC (FAR 91.7). In addition to completing a pre-flight check, the PIC shall thoroughly review the Aircraft Maintenance Log and Deferred Maintenance Log and confirm that the aircraft is in an airworthy condition. These responsibilities include but are not limited to ensuring: Compliance with all applicable AD’s and mandatory service bulletins. That the planned flight or series of flights will not exceed the time remaining for the time/date maintenance requirements as shown on the “Item Due” sticker. That all inspection due dates, hour or cycle limits have been carried forward and are not past due. NBAA Safety Best Practices
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Safety Best Practices Manual That all maintenance discrepancies have been corrected or deferred in accordance with the MEL. All maintenance record entries shall be completed and signed by a certified technician approving the aircraft for return to service.
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