Fun with Lancaster Tower, 20190825


First off, you need to view this on a real computer with a real screen. Now put your flimsy iPhone away!

Here is the map for my flight path around the Lancaster situation:



Here is the audio file from LiveATC:

Recording from LiveATC

What happened was: First, as I was approaching from the East, perfectly aligned with 26, she gives me a left downwind for 8. I fly for a left downwind. Then she changes me over to a right downwind, so I fly for a right downwind. She extends my downwind, she'd call my base. She does and tells I should expect clearance, and I continue the approach (now on base), but I never get any landing clearance. On short final I tell her that I still don't have any landing clearance, no reply from her. I hover over the runway, and about where the runways intersect, I tell her again that I still don't have a landing clearance. I still get no reply. At this point I decide it was going to be too late and go around. A male voice comes (probably her supervisor) and apologizes. Then she comes back and gives me a left downwind. I fly a left downwind. Then she tells me to follow a light-sport and clears me for landing. But after a short while she tells me I should fly S turns, too close to the light-sport. That's the S turns you see in the map above :). Then she gives me the landing clearance a second time.

Not clear why KLNS didn't use 13 or 31. ATIS had mentioned 13. But then they didn't use it.

Once I was on the tarmac at the FBO I saw two more aircraft going around. She was clearly overwhelmed with the amount of traffic, and they were using only one runway!

Our full dialog (other aircraft omitted), was:

Lancaster Tower, Mooney Four Eight Zero Yankee.
Mooney Four Zero Yankee, Lancaster Tower
Lancaster Tower, call-sign is Mooney Four Eight Zero Yankee, I'm One Five East, inbound landing Echo.
Mooney Four Eight Zero Yankee, enter the left downwind for runway eight, report 3 up.
Left downwind runway 8, will call out 3 miles, Eight Zero Yankee.
Mooney Four Eight Zero Yankee, do you have information Echo?
affirmative
click, click
Mooney Four Eight Zero Yankee is three miles.
Mooney Four Eight Zero Yankee, enter the right downwind for runway 8, report mid-field, the right downwind for runway 8
Eight Zero Yankee, switching to a right downwind.
Mooney Eight Zero Yankee, extend downwind, I'll call your base.
Eight Zero Yankee, extending downwind, you'll call my base.
Mooney Eight Zero Yankee, start your base turn now, expect clearance.
Eight Zero Yankee, turning base
Eight Zero Yankee has no clearance.
Mooney Four Eight Zero Yankee still has no landing clearance.
(male voice) Mooney Eight Zero Yankee, sorry about that, just make left traffic, report mid-field runway 8, we'll getcha back in.
no problem, left downwind, Eight Zero Yankee.
Eigth Zero Yankee is mid-field
Mooney Eight Zero Yankee, continue downwind, I call your base, you're following a light-sport on four-mile right base.
Eight Zero Yankee, continue downwind, you'll call my base.
Eight Zero Yankee, turn twenty degrees to your right, I need to widen out your downwind.
Eight Zero Yankee, twenty degrees to the right.
Mooney Eight Zero Yankee, pattern altitude one thousand five hundred.
fifteen hundred, Eight Zero Yankee.
Mooney Eight Zero Yankee, you're following a light-sport at your 1 o'clock, correction, 11 o'clock about a mile, one thousand five hundred, let me know when you have him in sight.
Eight Zero Yankee, following someone else, not in sight.
Mooney Eight Zero Yankee, that traffic you're following is just ahead on your left, one thousand four hundred.
Eight Zero Yankee is looking, not in sight (pause), ah, there he is, I've got him.
Mooney Eight Zero Yankee, you're number three, runway 8 cleared to land.
Eight Zero Yankee, cleared to land, following that traffic.
Mooney Eight Zero Yankee, I need you to give me some S turns or something out there for spacing, you're right on that light-sport.
will do, Eight Zero Yankee
Mooney Eight Zero Yankee, runway 8, cleared to land.
Cleared to land, Eighty Yankee.
Mooney Eight Zero Yankee, (you can?) turn right taxiway Hotel, contact Ground point 8.
right Hotel, Ground point 8 exiting, Eight Zero Yankee.


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