posted on Jul, 23 2013 @ 04:17 PM
Originally posted by rayktheon
There are some very significant differences, ie, the Janets flying under Visual Flight Rules all the time when they are in restricted airspace or
within the NTTR, but why Beechcraft planes used only Visual Flight Rules?, that's to say, Janet-Beechcraft pilots used VFR when flying to Groom
Lake, and when they fly to other airbases like TTR, NTS used a combination of VFR-IFR.
edit on 23-7-2013 by rayktheon because: (no reason given)
On occasion the Janet 737s land IFR at Groom. They do this in both directions, though only 32 has instrumentation. To land on 14, they use the
localizer for 32, but then turn and land on 14, presumably visual. It isn't like Groom Lake will be fogged in. I assume once they are close, all the
landings are essential visual. Some aircraft can use the glideslope to get the plane nearly on the ground.
The Beech Janets probably don't have a schedule. Or if they do, nobody has bothered to figure it out. Now my understanding is you can file both IFR
and VFR, take the route that leaves the soonest while cancelling the other route. So sometimes they file IFR, you see the flight plan cancelled, but
then they make the flight anyway.
So my guess is the Beech Janets do whatever it takes to get off the ground sooner.
Note that at some altitude you are required to fly IFR. But for a short trip to Groom Lake, it doesn't pay to gain all that altitude just to lose it,
so they don't have an incentive to fly IFR.
McCarran is kind of a pain for the small aircraft since the airport is so busy. I'm sure the Beech Janet would rather fly out of North Las Vegas or
Henderson if they had a choice. But I assume the passengers need to use the EG&G terminal for security reasons. The LMCO aircraft, which do
occasionally go to Groom Lake, use North Las Vegas mostly and Henderson on occasion.