Harrisburg PilotsKCXY
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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.

• Coffee
• Vending machines
• WiFi
• Loaner headset – based on availability, please reserve in advance
• Aircraft pickup and return available 24x7.

CFI Rate: $50.00/hr


Operator Procedures

Fueling Aircraft

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.

Access to Aircraft

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.

Returning the Aircraft

During business hours: Please bring clipboard to the flight school office.

After business hours: Just leave everything in the plane.

Getting Reimbursed if You Buy Fuel Elsewhere

Bring receipt to flight school office, or leave with clipboard in plane.

Mechanical Problems at Another Airport

Contact Randy Ulsh (owner) at 717-877-7647, or Heskel Burnstein (instructor) at 717-421-7816.

Securing Aircraft

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.

Caution areas where hangar rash is most likely

Please don’t move aircraft in hangar. Just tell the main desk or line service, and they pull out the plane.

What fuel load to expect and how to change it

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.

Local Airspace Considerations

Standard Departure Procedures

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…”

Best Way to Get Flight Following

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”.

Local reporting points

On arrival, contact Approach 10-25 miles out.

Typical TFR considerations

Be aware of Camp David (P-40) to the southwest, whose size can expand by Notam.

Local Airfield Operations

Taxiway/runway incursion hotspots

Airport has enhanced taxiway centerlines. Flashing lights on sides and in-ground at hold short.

Taxiing to the runways

If you want, you can request an intersection departure.

Run up area

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.

Special Cautions for Flying the Pattern

Larger, heavier aircraft also use our airport, so be familiar with wake turbulence avoidance.

Where to tell tower you are taxiing to after landing

"Av flight"

Local Flight Planning Tips

Local Hazards

The hill across the river is hard to see at night. There are hills and antennas in the area.


Hills, antennas, hills with antennas…

Nearby special use airspace

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

How to identify boundaries of overlying or nearby airspace

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.

Best airports to visit in the area

Lancaster (LNS), University Park (UNV)

Best sights to see nearby from the air

The Susquehanna River, Harrisburg/State Capitol, City Island, Ski Roundtop, Hershey

Unique weather challenges/microclimates

The hills can cause some turbulence.

Optical Illusions

At night, the taxiway centerline lights are much easier to see than the runway lights.

Dec. 27, 2013, 1:26 a.m.

Harrisburg Pilots is rated 5.0 out of 5 stars from 2 reviews.
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112 Airport Rd
New Cumberland, PA 17070
Harrisburg Pilots

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