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CLNC DEL 118.5

 

I am reading different airport charts (trying to learn about different airports etc) and I came across this frequency. I know what departure, approach, AWOS, is...but can't seem to find out what clnc del represents... Can anyone help? Thank you :huh:

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clearance delivery

 

I'm a student so don't take this as gospel - but I think you have to call them for taxiing instructions before you contact ground.

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Clearance delivery gives IFR clearances to aircraft before they taxi.

 

 

Negative, Clearance delivery at some airports also gives you VFR clearances prior to contacting the tower, since we dont taxi much, some airports prefer: 1) clearance delivery, 2) to tower, 3) to departure, 4) then back to squawking VFR outside the airspace. ( opposite coming back, except replace departure with arrival)

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Rodrop,

One thing to add to Clay's response. You will receive your squawk code on your return / arrival from approach control (don't forget to listen to ATIS prior to initial contact) and you don't need to contact clearance delivery upon arrival since you already received a squawk from approach.

Fred

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Everyone else is right, you contact Clearance before contacting ground or tower. Clearance gives your VFR or IFR clearances to leave the area or manuver througout the airspace. I think an example is due:

 

You: "Clearance, Copter 1234, We'd like to depart the area VFR to the East tword Joe's house"

 

Clearance: "Copter1234, XYZ Clearance, maintain VFR at or below 8000, squawk 4673, departure will be 124.0"

 

You: "VFR at or below 8000, 4673, and 124.0, Copter 1234"

 

Clearance: "Readback correct"

 

Then you'll switch to tower or ground as appropreate. IFR will get a little more complecated but we don't have to get into that yet.

 

Now coming back in, you would not have to call clearance, when you contact approach they will give you your entry instructions.

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It depends a lot on the airport. Some want you to contact clearance delivery, some don't. It won't hurt to do it, but after you become familiar with the airport, you'll figure out how they do things there. The more helicopter operations they have, the less they follow the fixed-wing rules. HOU is a great place to fly as a helicopter pilot, but nearby IAH sucks. It all depends on the controllers and their experience and capabilities.

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It depends a lot on the airport.

 

Bingo, my answer was going to be...it just depends. In L.A., I fly in and out of every airport and have never contacted CD, or been asked to for VFR flights. For IFR flights its a must. Just goes to show how each area has specific procedures that have developed over time..

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