If you are flying to or from Alaska, Whitecourt CYZU is a convenient location to stop in for fuel.
The Whitecourt airport has a MF (Mandatory Frequency) with a FSS (Flight Service Specialist). This means that you must not enter the 5 mile radius zone until you establish radio contact with the station operator during operating hours. It is recommended that you contact the FSS 5 minutes before entering the zone. Upon initial contact, you would address the station operator as "Whitecourt radio", then state your aircraft type and registration number. After they respond, state your location, and intent. At this point you are now legal to enter the zone.
The mandatory frequency is 122.3 (MF 122.3)
"Whitecourt Radio" is not a controller, they are an advisory service. The services they provide include local weather information and airport advisory services (information on traffic in the area, runway conditions, wind, altimeter and other information required by pilots), ground vehicle control and emergency assistance. They can relay ATC clearances and make suggestions to pilots, but they do not issue instructions. They can not tell you what to do, and are not responsible to clear you for takeoff or landing. They can open/close your flight plan. (you must request they close your flight plan upon landing) They can give you information as to where to go to tie down, get fuel, etc. Don't be shy, they are there to help.
REMEMBER: You are required to report to the MF unit five minutes prior to entry into the zone, when joining the circuit, when joining the downwind leg, and on final approach.
The conversation format is as follows;
You are required to report to the MF unit five minutes prior to entry into the area, when joining the circuit, when joining the downwind leg (if applicable), and on final approach.
Aircraft: (FSS unit call sign) THIS IS (aircraft call sign)
FSS: (aircraft call sign) THIS IS (FSS unit call sign), GO AHEAD
Aircraft: (aircraft call sign) (position) (altitude) (intentions) REQUEST ADVISORY
FSS: (aircraft call sign) PREFERRED RUNWAY (runway number) WIND (direction and speed) ALTIMETER
SETTING (altimeter numbers) (any aircraft or ground traffic/wake turbulence/conditions)
Aircraft: (intentions) (aircraft call sign)
FSS: (aircraft call sign) ROGER RUNWAY (runway number)
Aircraft: (position) (aircraft call sign)
FSS: (aircraft call sign) ROGER
An example of the conversation in real life would be this;
Aircraft: Whitecourt Radio THIS IS Piper Super Cub N-1234
FSS: "Piper Super Cub N-1234, THIS IS Whitecourt Radio, GO AHEAD"
Aircraft: "N-1234, 15 miles south, 4500 feet, inbound full stop."
FSS: "N-1234 PREFERRED RUNWAY 29 WIND 280 at 10 ALTIMETER SETTING 2998 Traffic, Helicopter doing circuits runay 29 currently in the right downwind 29"
Aircraft: "Planning straight in runway 29, N-1234"
FSS: "N-1234 ROGER RUNWAY 29"
When you are on final, call again
Aircraft : Final 29 N-1234
FSS: N-1234 wind 280 at 5
After hours (Before 6am and after 10pm) the FSS is closed and the radio call is then addressed to "Whitecourt TRAFFIC"
Keep an eye out for deer, moose, elk, coyotes, and any other wildlife on or near the runway.
Fuel can currently be purchase from OPS MOBILE Phone 780-778-3080 After hours Phone 780-706-1363 CALLOUT CHARGE for after hours service
Be cautious when parking your aircraft at the fuelling station, Helicopter activity is close by. Feel free to give a pilot a piece of your mind if any poor manners are being displayed.
The Whitecourt Flying Club also has a fuel tank on site. Service is not guaranteed at this site as there is no cardlock or staff on site.
AIRCRAFT REPAIRS / AME Keepitmoving Mechanical 780-706-4747
FOOD and LODGING There are many restaurants/hotels in town, 5 miles away, too far to walk, and no courtesy car is available. Taxis are available.
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