I have a question that relates to this thread. We have AWOS at S10 When you call it up, it will usualy say the runway in use, or say the runway is at the pilots discretion or listen for traffic. Often when it is calm, it says use runway 20.
The other day I am doing touch and goes on 20. I have a 6knt wind from 190. A Cessna 185 departing north calls that he is departing from runway 02 as I am on the downwind for 20. I extend my downwind and turn to base behind him, and then his buddy makes a call to depart on 02 just as I was making my call for final (stepped on my transmission). I called final again but decide to go around since I got no reply from him and was not sure he heard me. Are these guys just dicks who can't follow the rules? Or did I miss something in ground school? We have a few students around our airport now, and are trying to get more interested. I think that when there are students and newly licensed pilots around, everyone should pay extra attention to following the rules and accepted guidelines for airport safety. Us new guys only know what we have read, been tested on, and whats been drilled into our head by our instructors.
I am pretty sure the two guys departing to the north used 02 to avoid the extra time it would take to turn left after takeoff. Must have been an important mission.
And, since I am asking airport etiquette questions, if the last 5 airplanes just took off on 02, and there is a wind out of the north variable at 6 to 8, but you and your 8 buddies (who were just getting fuel, not from this airport) are heading south, is it ok to all line up at the 20 end of the runway even though the last five aircraft have used 02, and there is a plane taxiing to 02 when you decided on 20?
I am not bitching and moaning here. I really do not know if I should be annoyed by this, or if maybe I should have taxiied back to 20 and lined up with the 8 guys departing to the south. I didn't, I just used 02 because I had full fuel, it was hot out, and from what I have seen 6 to 8 knt wind turns to 8 to 12 really quick here and I am too new at this to know how far I can push it with a downwind take off.
Educate me here.