Welcome to Harrisburg Pilots, the flight school at Harrisburg International Airport. We are proud to offer experienced, professional flight instruction, and a choice of Cessna and Flight Design aircraft.
• Vending machines
• Loaner headset – based on availability, please reserve in advance
• Aircraft pickup and return available 24x7.
Tell a line service worker or the FBO main desk. The fuel truck comes to the plane. They automatically bill the flight school. Note: Line service is very conscientious at chocking aircraft. Check for chocks and cones before starting the engine.
During business hours: Pick up clipboard from flight school office. The FBO main desk can direct you.
After business hours: Go to main desk. They get the flight school schedule automatically emailed to them early each morning. They’ll buzz you down to the hangar.
During business hours: Please bring clipboard to the flight school office.
After business hours: Just leave everything in the plane.
Bring receipt to flight school office, or leave with clipboard in plane.
Contact Randy Ulsh (owner) at 717-877-7647, or Heskel Burnstein (instructor) at 717-421-7816.
Follow line service hand signals regarding where to park. Usually it’s right in front of the hangar. Leave the parking brake off. Line service will return the plane to the hangar – valet service.
Please don’t move aircraft in hangar. Just tell the main desk or line service, and they pull out the plane.
Fuel load varies. Please contact us ahead if you want a specific fuel load. Always verify with the wooden dipstick located behind the pilot’s seat.
When initially contacting Ground, expect to be given an altitude and a squawk code. When being cleared for takeoff, expect Tower to give you lateral instructions. Example: “Cessna 4879G, fly runway heading, Runway 31 cleared for takeoff.” Or “Cessna 4879G, turn right heading 050…”
It’s automatic because we’re in a TRSA. If you don’t want to use radar services, tell Ground on initial call-up that you want to depart “negative TRSA”.
On arrival, contact Approach 10-25 miles out.
Be aware of Camp David (P-40) to the southwest, whose size can expand by Notam.
Airport has enhanced taxiway centerlines. Flashing lights on sides and in-ground at hold short.
If you want, you can request an intersection departure.
We usually go to an empty section of the ramp for runup. As long as you stay on the ramp, calling Ground is not necessary. If unable to do the runup on the ramp, just tell ground that you’ll need a runup before the runway.
Larger, heavier aircraft also use our airport, so be familiar with wake turbulence avoidance.
The hill across the river is hard to see at night. There are hills and antennas in the area.
Hills, antennas, hills with antennas…
Restricted area R-5802 to the north. Camp David to the southwest. The Washington DC mess to the south – Pilots are strongly encouraged to take the DC SFRA course on www.faasafety.gov
The Turnpike bridge over the Susquehanna River is the unofficial border between our airport and Capital City Airport. Both are Class D in a TRSA. The controllers coordinate really well.
Lancaster (LNS), University Park (UNV)
The Susquehanna River, Harrisburg/State Capitol, City Island, Ski Roundtop, Hershey
The hills can cause some turbulence.
At night, the taxiway centerline lights are much easier to see than the runway lights.
Dec. 27, 2013, 1:26 a.m.