GAXC5: Confused Pilot at Block Island (KBID), Everyone WATCH OUT!

GAXC5: Confused Pilot at Block Island (KBID), Everyone WATCH OUT!

Pilot of Trinidad N557TB is apparently very confused with runway numbers and traffic patterns at Block Island making for an exciting time for all other pilots.

Part of the Great American X-C 5 flown on 1 July 2018 in a DA-20-C1. My son is flying and I am working the radios. Wind slightly favored 28 but so much traffic was using 10 we drank the Kool Aid only to be called out by Mr Airport Police on the CTAF as we taxied back to 10 for takeoff while another aircraft was in the pattern for 10.


  1. Tim Barrett on January 14, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    Teach your students to stay on taxi lines.

  2. Gary Dell on January 14, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    I’ve had the opportunity to hear confused pilots in the pattern. Been there myself due to poor planning on my part.

  3. AeroEng Guy on January 14, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    The helo should not be using the runway, especially with all the f/w in the pattern.

  4. Flyerbob 1 on January 14, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    That’s not a short runway…….W13 Eagles Nest in Virginia is 2004 feet long.

  5. Colin Valleli on January 14, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    N557TB…LOL! Thats a flight school plane from KFRG. Pilot is probably new to it

  6. Bruce Homstad on January 14, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    New Jersey, "What Exit?"

  7. chris R on January 14, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    as a new pilot, i will be avoiding uncontrolled airports for a while after watching this. holy hell.

  8. Jacob Accurso on January 14, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    Just finished this video. I’m exhausted. What CFI signed that guy off to go take his check ride? Come to think of it, what DPE passed him?

  9. C172Pilotdude on January 14, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    Funny, I was looking to rent that aircraft from FRG this month.

  10. Brian McCray on January 14, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    That was a full blown Sh*T Show. I was hoping the Unicom would of call out Trinidad about 9 traffic calls earlier! Rwy 01 is not the same as Rwy 10. Never announced correct position… absolute accident waiting to happen. Block Island has enough challenges (short runway, crosswinds, busy traffic days) without having a pilot flying over the island having no clue what he is doing.

  11. AeroEng Guy on January 14, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    And what is it with the Tango Bravo guy announcing his FULL callsign on EVERY call.

  12. comcfi on January 14, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    Hell, even you said the wrong runway number.

  13. Mark on January 14, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    You know, I’ve been to BID a bunch of times, and I don’t recall ever landing on 10. Winds always seem to favor 28. I wouldn’t be too hard on yourself for “drinking the Kool Aid” though, because other planes were using 10 at the time. If you landed on 28 when there was opposing traffic on 10, it could have caused a collision hazard, even if you were correct about the winds (the windsock seemed to be pretty flaccid, so 10 was probably just fine). The other guy, though, didn’t even know the correct runway number. I’m surprised that only one person mentioned over the CTAF that there was no “runway 1” at BID. I would have said it until he at least acknowledged that it was 10.

  14. Jamie McNay on January 14, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    I flew from HPN did some sight seeing en route to the Vineyard on a turbulent day. The fuel needles were bouncing around and kissing empty so as a precaution I flew into BID on a hot summer day with four adults in C172 landed long and fast had to go around. Got in nicely second time around then asked Block Island radio to direct me to the fuel farm. Reply: be advised Block Island doesn’t have any fuel, never had any fuel and I doubt we ever will. I died. My girlfriends parents (first flight with me) refused to get back in the plane. Turned out we had plenty of fuel, got the parents back in the plane and made it to the Vineyard without incident. Ahhhh, the memories.

  15. Phil S on January 14, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    wow that is nuts!