Here’s a question for you guys and gals. I’m not a pilot but I enjoy going to my local airports to watch the traffic and listen in on my scanner.
A few weeks back I was camped out at KTHV( an un-towered arpt) right around dusk on a windless, cloudy evening. I heard a Conquest announce a 6 or 7 mile straight-in for rnwy 17. About the same time I noticed a small dark colored plane with no lights(looked like a Cub) turn base for rnwy 35. I had heard no radio calls from the small plane. The Conquest made several more calls announcing their position on final for 17. Then the “Cub” turned final for 35! Again without a radio call! I was starting to feel very apprehensive because the "Cub was very difficult to see against the dark clouds and even though the Conquest had all lights blazing mr. “Cub” just kept on coming and my heart rate was elevating rapidly!. As the Conquest was just about to flair someone up front finally spotted the “Cub” and they poured on the coal, sucked the gear up and got the hell out. At that point mr. “Cub” finally saw the Cessna and veered off to the right and beetled off out of the pattern so my heart slowed down and all was well.
Heres’ my question… what if I had had a transceiver? Should I have jumped onto CTAF and warned the Conquest about the presence of the other plane? Obviously I wouldn’t think to make a habit out of it but in a possibly dangerous situation would it be OK to do something? I’ll be interested to read your thoughts. Thanks.