Increasingly applicants for airline jobs are being asked if they have glass time. The use of GPS and "TV screen" instruments, electronic flight bags are more an more common in all aspects of aviation. To ensure that Guthrie Aviation students are able to operate in this enviroment effortlessly and that they have the skills and experiance to suceed, Guthrie Aviation has invested in Zimbabwes first all glass trainer. Fitted with the latest Garmin 500 PFD and 650 gps students will be exposed to the modern avionics world from the beginning, ensuring they have no difficulties in the future and are not looked over in interviews .
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As part of our ongoing safety managment and quality assurance program we have implemented satellight tracking on our aircraft. While enabling us to ensure that our aircraft are operated in accordance with our standard operating procedures it has also given us the ability to rapidly locate our aircraft in the event of an emergency. Pilots are also able to raise attention and communicate with the flight operations department through the use of standard "Mark" messages ensuring that you are never alone even if there is no radio or cell phone signal.
Our students are only a press of a button away from getting assistance should the need arise, and instructors are able to follow their students flights in real time ensuring that all the flight objectives were accomplished.
As clients with passengers on our flights you have access to live tracking, although with less detail, you will be able to see where your flight is and when your guests may be expected to arrive.
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BUMI HILLS AIRSTRIP RADIO PROCEDURE FOR BUMI MOBILE RUNWAY CLEARING VEHICLES
Due to the potential danger caused by wild animals freely roaming around the Bumi Hills airstrip, a vehicle, equipped with hand-held aviation radio, shall be required to clear the runway whenever aircraft are landing or taking off from there.
There are two runways on the airstrip at Bumi, and they are named using the magnetic bearing which an aircraft would be facing with respect to north when lined up with that runway, divided by 10. e.g. if the magnetic bearing of the runway is 270º, then the runway would be 270÷10=27. They are:
The term “active runway” is the runway which is being used for takeoff and landing. This is determined by the direction of the wind. Aircraft will always takeoff as much into the wind as possible. To help the pilots determine the wind direction, the wind sock is used. Pilots will takeoff and land in the direction which is opposite to where the wind sock is pointing e.g. in the diagram of Bumi Airstrip, on the first page of this document, the active runway would be Runway 09.
The frequency for Bumi Airstrip is 118.7MHz. This is the frequency used at all uncontrolled airfields.
Aircraft are identified by the registration letters written on their sides, using the phonetic alphabet.
E.g. an aircraft with registration Z-WSM will be identified as Zulu Whiskey Sierra Mike on the radio.
To aid in quickly recognizing the aircraft, pilots will usually mention the aircraft type, and colour/markings after the registration.
The identification of the vehicle equipped with the radio shall be BUMI MOBILE
To ensure that there is two-way communication between aircraft, and the ground, Bumi Mobile shall initiate a radio check. For the correct times of initiating the radio check, please refer to the page entitled “RADIO CALLS”
Example of a radio check
Bumi Mobile: ZULU WHISKEY SIERRA MIKE, BUMI MOBILE, RADIO CHECK.
Aircraft: BUMI MOBILE, ZULU WHISKEY SIERRA MIKE, READ YOU FIVE
Bumi Mobile: ZULU WHISKEY SIERRA MIKE, BUMI MOBILE, READ YOU FIVE
RADIO READBILITY SCALE
Below is the scale used to assess how easy or difficult it is to read a transmission:
The pilot will usually make his/her first call to Bumi Hills Lodge when he/she is about 10 – 15 minutes from landing. In this call, they will state their estimated time of arrival ETA.
The next series of calls will be when they are within the vicinity of the airstrip. During these calls Bumi Mobile should take note of the aircraft’s registration.
Once Bumi Mobile has the aircraft in sight, the driver/radio operator shall initiate a radio check. E.g. “ZULU WHISKEY SIERRA MIKE, BUMI MOBILE RADIO CHECK, HOW DO YOU READ”
When the pilot is on final approach to land, he/she shall call “ZULU WHISKEY SIERRA MIKE FINAL RUNWAY 90 TO LAND”
If the runway is clear Bumi Mobile should respond by saying “ZULU WHISKEY SIERRA MIKE CLEARED TO LAND RUNWAY 09”
If there are animals on the runway Bumi Mobile shall say “ZULU WHISKEY SIERRA MIKE GO AROUND GO AROUND, RUNWAY 09 NOT CLEAR.”
The pilot will usually make his/her first call just after starting the engines.
Once the aircraft begins to move, the driver/radio operator shall initiate a radio check. E.g. “ZULU WHISKEY SIERRA MIKE, BUMI MOBILE RADIO CHECK, HOW DO YOU READ”
The next series of calls will be when they are entering the runway and lining up. During these calls Bumi Mobile should take note of the aircraft’s registration.
When the pilot is beginning the takeoff role, he/she shall call “ZULU WHISKEY SIERRA MIKE TAKING OFF RUNWAY 90 TO LAND” OR “ZULU WHISKEY SIERRA MIKE ROLLING”
If the runway is clear Bumi Mobile should respond by saying “ZULU WHISKEY SIERRA MIKE CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF RUNWAY 09”
If there are animals on the runway Bumi Mobile shall say “ZULU WHISKEY SIERRA MIKE HOLD POSITION HOLD POSITION, RUNWAY 09 NOT CLEAR.”