As a participant in the American system of general aviation, no one needs to tell you how utilitarian or beneficial the smaller, quieter airports in our system are.
These fields that sit serenely on the edge of town give users the ability to fly directly in to the destination they choose. They offer an efficiency that often can’t be matched by the bigger, more familiar facilities.
Small non-towered fields offer a significant advantage over flying into the big international airport an hour or more away. Especially when considering all the traffic and transit issues included in trying to get from that major facility to the town you actually wanted to get to.
This is a big part of the reason I recently found myself standing in front of approximately 30 representatives of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. My job for the day was to explain how non-towered airports work from the pilot’s perspective. [Read more…]