Practice approach at KPIT

Discussion in 'Cleared for the Approach' started by tigerowner, Jul 25, 2021.

  1. tigerowner

    tigerowner Pre-Flight

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    Would they grant a request for a piston to do a practice approach midday on a weekday? What about a landing/taxi back and depart? If you’ve done this recently, did you encounter any issues with the request?
     
  2. Nathan Miller

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    While I don't have specific experience with KPIT, I did something recently at a very busy Class B airport (KIAD - Dulles, VA). I requested a low-approach only, terminating in a climbing left turnout to the west. It took a bit of patience (and delay vectors) as they worked me in. I'd say I had a 50/50 chance of getting it... depends on the controller and the kind of day they're having.

    At the time, I was a VFR only pilot, but I filed an IFR flight plan with "VFR/025" in the altitude block (standard practice for a VFR DC-SFRA flight plan) - this technique forwards my flight plan to ATC and clues them in that I'm a VFR flight. I've also found it to be helpful in non DC-SFRA flights at towered fields. It produces a strip and saves time on the frequency having to relay AC type, etc.

    Last year I was "cleared for the option" at KIAD. But this was at the height of the pandemic hysteria, so the airspace was nearly empty and the controllers were bored.
     
  3. kayoh190

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    PIT has been a shell of its normal self for over a decade now. I hate saying it because the airport and controllers are awesome, but if you want to do approaches or whatever else, I don't think it'll be a problem.
     
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  4. dmspilot

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    PIT hasn't been a hub airport in over a decade and is a shadow of its former self. The level of traffic is more on par with a Class C airport.
     
  5. dmspilot

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    Agree...never operated at PIT but I earned my instrument rating nearby and the TRACON controllers were always great.
     
  6. jordane93

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    I’ve gone in both VFR and IFR. They will most likely accommodate you. It’s a pretty sleepy B
     
  7. PPC1052

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    Agreed. I flew to Alleghany airport once, and dealt with the KPIT controllers. They seemed pretty lax, and weren't sticklers for their airspace. I had to ask a couple of times to confirm I could enter their airspace when their vectors on flight following led me into their airspace. They just seemed to assume all was ok.
     
  8. tigerowner

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    Thanks for the replies. PIT was easy to work with, they granted my approach requests and allowed me to land and taxi back. It was definitely quiet there.
     
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