Plane & Pilot
Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Fill ’Er Up

Make fuel management a priority

The controller didn’t answer the question, but gave the flight crew a turn to a heading of 180 degrees. After the flight crew acknowledged the turn, the controller said, “Grand Express one-seventy-nine, it’d be best to ask the tower once you get on the ground. We don’t know what happened.” Investigators later determined that the go-around had been ordered because adequate separation from another arriving aircraft couldn’t be maintained.

At 6:37:46, the flight crew asked how long it would be before they could expect to be landing, and the controller said they would be put onto about a 20-mile final. Then the flight was given a new heading of 120 degrees and told to maintain 190 knots for spacing. They were handed off to another controller who told them to maintain 5,000 feet.

At 6:43:16, the flight crew asked, “How far are we going to stay on this heading, sir?”

The controller replied, “It’ll be about 10 more miles, sir. Will that be all right?”

The flight crew asked, “Is it possible? Can we turn, ah, a little bit earlier than 10 miles?”

The controller said, “Okay, I’ll turn you in sooner.”

The flight crew thanked the air traffic controller. They were given a speed reduction to 170 knots and were told to turn to a new heading of 30 degrees. At 6:45:42, the flight crew asked how long they would have to fly the new heading and noted, “We might have, uh, little bit, uh, fuel, uh, limitation here.”

The controller advised them that they were on a base turn to “join final” and advised, “I may have to take you about half-mile across final.”

At 6:46:22, the flight crew stated, “Sir, we have to make landing here. We have, uh, limited fuel here.”


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