Air Traffic Control
VFR Arrival - Holding
| VFR Arrival - Basics | Flights of Aircraft
| Holding | Emergencies
| Fisk Approach Control
WHY ARE WE HOLDING?
Holding may be necessary for a variety of
reasons. It may be used by Fisk Approach Control to ensure that the proper
in-trail spacing is established prior to passing Fisk, the airport may be
too congested to allow for arrivals at that time, or there may be a mass
arrival with dozens of aircraft landing at Wittman Regional Airport! Other
previously coordinated or unanticipated events may also require ATC to
"sterilize" the airspace in the immediate vicinity of the
Aircraft holding is something we neither
like nor want to do - but there are times when it becomes unavoidable. So,
please be patient - we'll get you to the airport as soon as we're able.
Both of the special holding patterns are
left turns only. Maintain your altitude (1,800' or 2,300' MSL) and circle
the respective shorelines counterclockwise, following the aircraft ahead
until advised to leave the hold. Maintain 1/2 mile in-trail separation
from the aircraft you are following while in the hold.
ATC PERSONNEL AT FISK ON
120.7 WILL ADVISE WHEN HOLDING IS NECESSARY.
AIRCRAFT AT or BEYOND RIPON
If holding is
necessary and you are directly over or you have passed Ripon,
continue to Fisk and then enter the Rush Lake holding pattern as
depicted in the AirVenture NOTAM.
Aircraft will proceed to Fisk, upon
reaching Fisk turn left heading 270º and proceed to the north shore of
Rush Lake - continuing with left turns around the lake - then proceed
northeast over the railroad tracks back to Fisk.
Aircraft should fly single file, at either
1800' MSL and 90 knots or at 2300' MSL and 135 knots - maintaining 1/2
mile in-trail separation with the aircraft ahead.
If holding is necessary and you are
approaching Ripon look for traffic to follow and enter the hold at Green
Lake 4 miles southwest of Ripon as depicted in the AirVenture NOTAM.
If the Green Lake
holding pattern appears, or is reported to be, nearing capacity stay clear
and proceed no further. Instead check for traffic and make left
turns over a point on the ground and continue to hold, or divert to an
alternate airport, until ATC advises you to proceed or to
transition into one of the published holding patterns.
HOLDING ALTITUDES /
Maintain 90 knots or maximum cruise speed
if below 90 knots and 1,800' msl.
If unable, maintain 135
knots and 2,300' msl.
ATC will "clear" the
holding patterns in a systematic manner. When ATC
advises aircraft to depart a specific holding pattern, those
aircraft shall transition to the arrival procedure in the following
- Rush Lake: Rejoin railroad tracks
at the southeast corner of Rush Lake and proceed northeast towards
- Green Lake: Upon reaching the
southeast corner of Green Lake proceed directly to Ripon and follow
the railroad tracks northeast towards Fisk.
- Others: Proceed to Ripon and
follow the railroad tracks northeast towards Fisk.
PROCEEDING BEYOND THE
ENSURE that you have a minimum of 1/2
mile in-trail separation behind the aircraft that you are following.
IF you have to "S" - turn
to follow the aircraft ahead of you, break off the procedure and return to
Ripon to find another aircraft to follow that matches your speed.
WE NEED YOUR COOPERATION
All of this activity is quite a
challenge and, of course, we need your cooperation!
EXPERIENCING A PROBLEM
OR JUST TIRED OF HOLDING?
Please do not stretch the truth in an
attempt to beat the system. At a minimum, this will only cause trouble for
you and will inconvenience the many others who are playing by the rules.
PLEASE BE PATIENT
The Fisk controllers will get you back
on your way just as soon as we're able.