KUTS Airport communications question


#1

At KUTS, it has the following:

Airport Communications
CTAF/UNICOM: 122.8
WX ASOS: 119.425 (936-291-7997)

COMMUNICATIONS PRVDD BY MONTGOMERY COUNTY FSS ON FREQ 122.2.
APCH/DEP SERVICE PROVIDED BY HOUSTON ARTCC (LUFKIN RCAG) ON FREQS 134.8/269.6.

Would it be improper to request flight following on 134.8?

If I was IFR, I would think this would be the frequency I can use to pick up a clearance on the ground, but not sure if requesting VFR flight following is proper usage of the frequency?


#2

This would. If IFR, you could pick up a clearance on the ground, but it would be a bit more work on ATC’s end, as they would just be submitting the plan to the FSS anyway, so you could just file it directly with the FSS, and ATC would pick up the plan either way. You’d be eliminating a step by talking directly to the FSS. Or better than that, they have this prior to you even stepping into the plane:

FOR FP FILING CALL CXO FSS 1-800-833-5602.

So if IFR, give them a call, and you’re good.

Now, if VFR, you could just depart on your own, and pick up VFR w/flight following in the air, and be good. As you know, they’ll assign a discrete code and identify you, then you’re on your way.

BL.


#3

Than BL

Instinct told me so hence posting vs just trying it.

I just was hoping to get a squawk code sooner on the ground (staying ahead of the plane) figuring it would be a little faster / easier picking up our bravo clearance returning back to SGR.

We planning to launch and just get FF.


#4

I agree, getting things set up while still on the ground saves you from having to loiter under the Class B airspace while the controller talks to two other airplanes then ask you to repeat your request etc.
I think most tower controlled airports are happy to get you into the system while taxiing as well, they know how busy things can get once you get into the air.