Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn Pilotenbriefing
Always have charts available! The easiest way to find some charts is to use Chartfox (Vatsim Login required).
Start-Up and Enroute (IFR) Clearance
In Germany you have to request “start-up” to get your IFR clearance. This does not include the pushback, therefore a separate approval is required!
- Always check the current ATIS first!
- Report Callsign, ATIS Information and request start-up
(e.g. “RYR123, Information A, request start-up and enroute clearance.”)
- Only request start-up when you are ready for pushback within the next 5 minutes
- Clearance also available via Datalink (PDC/DCL via Hoppie ACARS System) - check Controller Info for Airport Code!
- Valid routes out of Frankfurt/Hahn are available via grd.aero-nav.com. For more details check additional information at the end.
- There are a number of different SID available for different performances, please always make sure you will fly the assigned one.
NOTE: The Controller may change your planned departure route due to operational reasons.
Only ask for Pushback if you are able to start pushback immediately when receiving pushback approval! Below you will find a tutorial how to prepare the most common pushback tools and use it the most efficient way. It might be possible that ATC will instruct you to do a specific routing for pushback (into a specific taxiway, push and then pull foreward, etc.). Always report when unable or if you do not understand the instruction!
Outbound traffic at positions A1 - A6 need to push on taxiway A with facing specified by ATC.
Runway 21 intersection take-off via taxiway E should be used whenever in performance parameters. Departing traffic with CAT C (max. B739/A321) should always expect intersection E.
Departing IFR traffic have to contact Langen Radar without separate instruction, immediately when airborne. You will always find the correct departure frequency in the controller info.
There is a 250KTS/FL100 restriction at EDFH within airspace E (more or less everywhere around the airport). Normal descent speeds are 250kt until instructed by ATC. As a general guidance on base you should be around 220kt, when cleared for the final approach between 200-180kt. Expect to cross the FAF/FAP between 200 -180kt and to maintain 170kt until 5 DME.
Expect RNAV Arrivals into EDFH. On downwind expect vectors to final, mostly shortly after passing abeam the FAF/FAP. Plan your descent accordingly! Maintain good speeds.
Traffic with WTC Heavy can vacate the runway only via taxiways F or E. When RWY 21 is in use, this traffic need to do a backtrack at the end of runway 21 and vacate via E. This will be approved by Tower after landing. The "turnpad south" between taxiway C and B2 may only be used for aircraft up to CAT D (B764/MD11).
Pushback with P3D and GSX
First of all make sure you are familar with custom pushback with GSX (see manual for that).
- Click Prepare for push-back and departure. GSX will remove the jetways, ground equipment and attach the tug.
- Once GSX is ready to start the pushback it will show you the menu where the pushback direction can be selected. This is the moment to request pushback from ATC!
- Should you have to wait a little and the GSX menu close in the meantime you can reopen it at any time by opening the GSX main menu and clicking on “Prepare position for push-back and departure” again.
- Once clearance is received all you have to do is to select the required direction in GSX or plan a manual routing, release the brakes and you can start to push within seconds from ATC’s approval.
CAUTION: When using the Catayna files for GSX, depending on the disconnect position this might push you in a strange way as it will not pull you foreward.
Pushback with X-Plane
Use Better Pushback for the best result.
- First of all, do not preplan your pushback!
- When you are ready for pushback “request pushback” inside the plugin Option. The plugin will now ask you to plan the pushback, but just click on "Connect first" at the right lower corner to only connect pushback tug. This enables you later to draw the pushback path according to the instruction by ATC.
- Wait until the tug is connected and the ground crew is ready for pushback. This is the moment to request pushback from ATC!
- Now you can click on “request pushback” again and plan your pushback route with the adviced facing/instruction (or area). Hit enter, release your parking brake and start the pushback.
This is the most efficient way to do the pushback!