TAXI AT LARGE AIRPORTS LIKE A PRO
I enjoyed Bret Koebbe’s article regarding navigating ground ops at large and complex airfields [“Taxi at Large Airports Like a Pro,” August].
On a recent visit to Dallas Love Field — my first — traveling with my college-bound high school senior to tour universities in the Dallas-fort Worth metro area, I imagined the next level of technology. KDAL is under a tremendous renovation. Accompanying this infrastructure improvement was a laundry list of taxiway closures along with other notams regarding ground operations. It was daunting. I made notes using Foreflight’s edit feature before departure. I fly a Cirrus SR22 with Garmin Perspective, so my available reference material is about as good as general aviation can deliver.
But I did get mixed up on arrival. With a Southwest Airlines company plane on short final, I wanted to evacuate the runway as soon as safely possible at C6. It was closed. After being safely guided by the friendly tower controller to the FBO, I imagined a routinely updated digital chart with X’s (in red, no doubt) to further simplify my interpretation during the briefing. One day, I hope!
What got me smiling through it all was picking up the ATIS on arrival. I registered the critical data and listened for a few minutes more as the controller rattled through a list of closures and surface notams. A stenographer would have struggled to get it all down.
Big airfields are a blast. As my 17-yearold said, and maybe with a bit of pride, “Dad, your flyin’ with the big boys here.” He’s working on his Eagle Scout, so he knows the motto “Be prepared.”