HeliNomad Posted December 27, 2013 Report Share Posted December 27, 2013 Today I am transitioning overhead mid field at 2000 AGL from East to West making normal calls and what not. I get within 5 miles East of the field and a women on the radio says: "Helicopter flying overhead would you please transition away from the airport, we have a new student pilot in the pattern." The student pilot was on his first upwind take off and had just called his crosswind turn without saying his altitude. I quickly pulled up the A/D on my G500H to find the TPA was 1000 AGL which confirmed with my TAS system showing him roughly 1200' below me and climbing. I said, "Sonoma Sky Park Traffic, pilot requesting helicopter to leave the area I'm not sure you can ask me to leave the area but I understand the extra space for the solo pilot, I am more then 1000 above him and should be no factor...now 3 miles east at 2000 westbound transition crossing midfield". Irritated by that she said "well thanks a lot!" I called my midfield call, my 3 mile west, and my final 5 mile west call and switched frequencies. What the french just happened here?!?!?!?! I mean these guys are famous for "hating helicopters" it's even in their A/D "rotorwing turbojet are prohibited" but damn I can't even fly over now. I fly the quietest (and best looking ) single engine helo in the industry and I still can't help but rub some fixed winger the wrong way 2000' below me. I have heard horror stories from my CHP helicopter neighbors about Sonoma Sky Park but nothing first hand. One helo pilot friend of mine said "If you lose an engine, don't ever do a successful auto to Sonoma Sky Park, they'll kill you anyway." Anyone else have experience with this field??? 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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