Max talks with Catherine Cavagnaro about the new FAA Advisory Circular AC 90-66C on non-towered operations and straight-in approaches. The new Advisory Circular is significantly longer than the previous version, and it places much more emphasis on straight-in approaches. It says “the FAA does not recommend that the pilot execute a straight-in approach for landing, when there are other aircraft in the traffic pattern.” Pilots choosing to execute a straight-in approach do not have a particular priority over other aircraft in the traffic pattern.
Pilots “should not use paint schemes or color descriptions to replace the use of the aircraft call sign.” Also, “Pilots are reminded that the use of the phrase “ANY TRAFFIC IN THE AREA, PLEASE ADVISE” is not a recognized self-announce position and/or intention phrase and should not be used under any condition.”
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