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December 10, 2015

U.S. Department
of Transportation
Federal Aviation
Administration

Aeronautical

Information
Official Guide to
Manual Basic Flight Information and ATC Procedures

An electronic version of this publication is on the internet at


http://www.faa.gov/atpubs
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Record of Changes

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U.S. Department
of Transportation
Federal Aviation
Administration

AERONAUTICAL
INFORMATION
MANUAL

Change 3
April 27, 2017

DO NOT DESTROY
BASIC DATED
DECEMBER 10, 2015
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Aeronautical Information Manual


Explanation of Changes

Effective: April 27, 2017

a. 1−1−3. VHF Omni−directional Range encourages pilots to participate in pilot/air traffic


(VOF) outreach activities.
This change is necessary to increase pilot and f. 4−1−7. Operation Take−Off and Operation
controller awareness regarding the VOR Minimum Rain Check
Operating Network.
The Flight Services Directorate rescinded FAA Order
b. 1−1−13. User Reports Requested on NAVAID 7230.17, Pilot Education Program − Operation
or Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Take−off, which required the amendment of this
Performance or Interference paragraph to show that Operation Rain Check is still
This change is added to provide clarity regarding user viable.
reports requested on NAVAID or GNSS performance g. 4−1−14. Automatic Flight Information
or interference. Service (AFIS) − Alaska FSS Only
c. 1−2−4. Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers 4−3−8. Braking Action Reports and
Recognizing Interference or Spoofing Advisories
4−3−9. Runway Friction Reports and
The GNSS Intentional Interference and Spoofing Advisories
Study Team (GIISST) recently received a briefing on
GPS spoofing and interference. As a result of the This change realigns paragraph 4−1−14 for easier
discussions that followed that briefing, the GIIST reading and corrects a grammatical error for the use
recommended that the AIM and AIP be updated to of word “breaking” versus ”braking.” In paragraph
include information to pilots regarding the dangers of 4−3−8, the reference to “fair” was replaced with
GPS spoofing and interference. Therefore, this “medium.” In addition, new FICON NOTAM
paragraph is now added. terminology was introduced as well as two new
braking action classifications that include “Good to
d. 2−1−6. Runway Status Light (RWSL) Medium” and “Medium to Poor.” Paragraph 4−3−9
System (containing Mu reporting) has been removed and
4−5−5. Airport Surface Detection Equipment replaced with new content that references Runway
Model−X (ASDE−X) Condition Assessment reporting procedures.
Appendix 3. Abbreviations/Acronyms
h. 4−4−12. Speed Adjustments
This change is added to reflect that the FAA 5−2−8. Instrument Departure Procedures −
Surveillance and Broadcast Services Program Office Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODP) and
intends to implement the Airport Surface Surveil- Standard Instrument Departures (SID)
lance Capability (ASSC) for situational awareness 5−5−9. Speed Adjustments
and surveillance of the surface movement area, as
well as approach and departure routes, at select Since the introduction “climb via” procedures in
airports within the National Airspace System (NAS). April 2014, confusion and frustration within the
ASSC will augment visual observation of landing or industry has been communicated. The premise of one
departing aircraft, and aircraft or vehicle traffic on the size fits all in the use of climb via clearances when
surface movement area. departures procedures do not contain published
crossing restrictions has not been successful. As a
e. 4−1−6. Pilot Visits to Air Traffic Facilities
result, action is being taken to restore direction for use
This paragraph provides realistic information about of “Maintain” when formulating departure
pilot visits to Air Traffic Service facilities, but clearances containing SID procedures that do not

Explanation of Changes E of Chg−1


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contain published crossing restrictions, radar vector o. 5−5−14. Instrument Departures


SIDs, and those SIDs with a radar vector segment.
This change clarifies the requirement for controllers
i. 4−5−7. Automatic Dependent Surveillance to assign an altitude to an aircraft when they issue an
Broadcast (ADS−B) Services initial heading that takes the aircraft off of a
procedure. It also adds language inadvertently left off
This change provides pilots with background this paragraph when a companion paragraph in FAA
information concerning duplicate ICAO addresses Order JO 7110.65, Air Traffic Control, was revised in
and explains the importance of ensuring the correct December 2015.
entry of the address.
p. 5−6−1. National Security and Interception
j. 5−1−8. Flight Plan (FAA Form 7233−1) − Procedures
Domestic IFR Flights This change adds the consolidation of four FDC
This change removes legacy language no longer used. NOTAMs that contain special security requirements
for aircraft (including civil, foreign, and state) to,
k. 5−1−12. Change in Flight Plan from, within, or transiting U.S. territorial airspace;
5−1−13. Change in Proposed Departure removes obsolete references; and reorganizes and
Time renumbers multiple paragraphs.
This change gives flight plan filers guidance on the q. 9−1−1. General
time parameters for completing flight plan 9−1−2. Obtaining Aeronautical Charts
amendments prior to an aircraft’s proposed departure 9−1−4. General Description of Each Chart
time. Additionally, this change amends the time Series
parameter established to delete the proposed 9−1−5. Where and How to Get Charts of
departure times from Air Route Traffic Control Foreign Areas
Centers (ARTCC) from 1 hour to 2 hours. 10−1−4. The Gulf of Mexico Grid System
Appendix 3. Abbreviations/Acronyms
l. 5−2−4. Line Up and Wait (LUAW)
This change replaces references to “Aeronautical
This change expands the definition of LUAW to Navigation Products (AeroNav)” with “Aeronautical
include the terms “within six flying miles.” Information Services (AIS)” to reflect the
organizational name change. The information on how
m. 5−2−7. Departure Control to obtain copies of charts and other publications is
This change clarifies the requirement for controllers also updated.
to assign an altitude to an aircraft when they issue an r. Appendix 3. Abbreviations/Acronyms
initial heading that takes the aircraft off of a
This change removes legacy language no longer used.
procedure.
s. Pilot/Controller Glossary
n. 5−3−8. Holding
Terms have been added, deleted, or modified within
This guidance is intended to ensure that aircraft this glossary. Please refer to page PCG−1 for more
remain within holding protected airspace when details.
RNAV systems are used to fly a holding pattern
t. Entire publication.
defined by RNAV or ground−based NAVAIDs. This
change also updates recommended helicopter Editorial/format changes were made where neces-
holding speeds and air traffic procedures specific to sary. Revision bars were not used when changes are
holding. insignificant in nature.

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Checklist of Pages CK−1 through CK−6 . . . . 11/10/16 Checklist of Pages CK−1 through CK−6 . . . . 4/27/17
Basic Flt Info & ATC Procedures . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 Basic Flt Info & ATC Procedures . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
Flight Info Publication Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 Flight Info Publication Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
Table of Contents i through xi . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16 Table of Contents i through xii . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
1−1−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 1−1−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
1−1−2 through 1−1−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 1−1−2 through 1−1−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
1−1−5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 1−1−5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
1−1−6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 1−1−6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
1−1−7 through 1−1−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 1−1−7 through 1−1−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
1−1−14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 1−1−14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
1−1−15 and 1−1−16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 1−1−15 and 1−1−16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
1−1−17 and 1−1−18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 1−1−17 and 1−1−18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
1−1−19 through 1−1−31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 1−1−19 through 1−1−31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
1−1−32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16 1−1−32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
1−1−33 through 1−1−34 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 1−1−33 through 1−1−35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
1−2−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16 1−2−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
1−2−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 1−2−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
2−1−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 2−1−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
2−1−10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 2−1−10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
4−1−1 and 4−1−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 4−1−1 and 4−1−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
4−1−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16 4−1−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
4−1−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16 4−1−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
4−3−11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−3−11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
4−3−12 through 4−3−14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 4−3−12 through 4−3−14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
4−3−15 and 4−3−16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16 4−3−15 and 4−3−16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
4−3−17 through 4−3−25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 4−3−17 through 4−3−25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
4−3−26 through 4−3−28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−3−26 through 4−3−28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
4−3−29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 4−3−29 through 4−3−31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
4−4−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16 4−4−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
4−4−8 through 4−4−11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−4−8 through 4−4−12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
4−5−7 through 4−5−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−5−7 through 4−5−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
4−5−10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−5−10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
4−5−17 through 4−5−20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−5−17 through 4−5−20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
5−1−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 5−1−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
5−1−14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−1−14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
5−1−29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−1−29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
5−1−30 through 5−1−32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−1−30 through 5−1−32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
5−2−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 5−2−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
5−2−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 5−2−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
5−2−3 through 5−2−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−2−3 through 5−2−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17

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5−2−10 and 5−2−11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 5−2−10 and 5−2−11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
5−2−12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16 5−2−12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
5−3−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−3−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
5−3−8 and 5−3−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 5−3−8 and 5−3−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
5−3−10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−3−10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
5−3−11 through 5−3−14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−3−11 through 5−3−18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
5−4−47 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−4−47 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
5−4−48 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−4−48 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
5−5−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−5−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
5−5−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16 5−5−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
5−5−7 and 5−5−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−5−7 and 5−5−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
5−6−1 through 5−6−10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−6−1 through 5−6−14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
7−2−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 7−2−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
7−2−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 7−2−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
9−1−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 9−1−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
9−1−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 9−1−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
9−1−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16 9−1−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
9−1−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16 9−1−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
9−1−9 through 9−1−11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16 9−1−9 through 9−1−11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
9−1−12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16 9−1−12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
9−1−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16 9−1−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
10−1−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 10−1−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
10−1−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 10−1−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
10−1−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 10−1−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
PCG−1 and PCG−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16 PCG−1 and PCG−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
PCG A−5 and PCG A−6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG A−5 and PCG A−6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
PCG A−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG A−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG A−8 through PCG A−10 . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG A−8 through PCG A−10 . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
PCG A−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16 PCG A−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
PCG A−14 through PCG A−16 . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG A−14 through PCG A−16 . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
PCG B−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG B−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG B−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG B−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
PCG F−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG F−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
PCG F−4 and PCG F−5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG F−4 and PCG F−5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
PCG I−1 through PCG I−5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG I−1 through PCG I−5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
PCG I−6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16 PCG I−6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
PCG L−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG L−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
PCG N−3 and PCG N−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16 PCG N−3 and PCG N−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
PCG P−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG P−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
PCG P−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG P−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
PCG P−5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG P−5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
PCG R−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG R−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG R−2 through PCG R−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG R−2 through PCG R−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17

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PCG S−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG S−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG T−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG T−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
PCG T−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG T−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
Appendix 3−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 Appendix 3−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
Appendix 3−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 Appendix 3−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/27/17
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Record of Changes N/A 1−1−13 4/27/17 Lighting and Other Airport
Exp of Chg−1 4/27/17 1−1−14 4/27/17 Visual Aids
Exp of Chg−2 4/27/17 1−1−15 4/27/17 Section 1. Airport Lighting
1−1−16 4/27/17 Aids
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CK−2 4/27/17 1−1−20 4/27/17 2−1−4 11/10/16
CK−3 4/27/17 1−1−21 4/27/17 2−1−5 12/10/15
CK−4 4/27/17 1−1−22 4/27/17 2−1−6 12/10/15
CK−5 4/27/17 1−1−23 4/27/17 2−1−7 12/10/15
CK−6 4/27/17 1−1−24 4/27/17 2−1−8 12/10/15
1−1−25 4/27/17 2−1−9 4/27/17
Subscription Info 12/10/15 1−1−26 4/27/17 2−1−10 12/10/15
Comments/Corr 12/10/15 1−1−27 4/27/17 2−1−11 12/10/15
Comments/Corr 12/10/15 1−1−28 4/27/17 2−1−12 12/10/15
Basic Flight Info 4/27/17 1−1−29 4/27/17 2−1−13 12/10/15
Publication Policy 12/10/15 1−1−30 4/27/17 2−1−14 5/26/16
Reg & Advis Cir 12/10/15 1−1−31 4/27/17 2−1−15 12/10/15
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i 4/27/17
1−1−34 4/27/17 Obstruction Lighting
1−1−35 4/27/17 2−2−1 12/10/15
ii 4/27/17
iii 4/27/17 2−2−2 12/10/15

iv 4/27/17
v 4/27/17 Section 3. Airport Marking
vi 4/27/17 Aids and Signs
vii 4/27/17 2−3−1 12/10/15
viii 4/27/17 2−3−2 12/10/15
ix 4/27/17 2−3−3 12/10/15
x 4/27/17 Section 2. Performance−Based 2−3−4 12/10/15
xi 4/27/17
Navigation (PBN) and Area 2−3−5 12/10/15
Navigation (RNAV) 2−3−6 12/10/15
1−2−1 12/10/15 2−3−7 12/10/15
1−2−2 12/10/15 2−3−8 12/10/15
Chapter 1. Air Navigation
1−2−3 12/10/15 2−3−9 12/10/15
Section 1. Navigation Aids 1−2−4 12/10/15 2−3−10 12/10/15
1−1−1 5/26/16 1−2−5 12/10/15 2−3−11 12/10/15
1−1−2 4/27/17 1−2−6 12/10/15 2−3−12 12/10/15
1−1−3 4/27/17 1−2−7 11/10/16 2−3−13 12/10/15
1−1−4 4/27/17 1−2−8 4/27/17 2−3−14 12/10/15
1−1−5 4/27/17
2−3−15 12/10/15
1−1−6 4/27/17
2−3−16 12/10/15
1−1−7 4/27/17
2−3−17 12/10/15
1−1−8 4/27/17
2−3−18 12/10/15
1−1−9 4/27/17
2−3−19 12/10/15
1−1−10 4/27/17
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2−3−23 12/10/15 Section 1. Services Available 4−3−13 4/27/17
2−3−24 12/10/15 to Pilots 4−3−14 4/27/17
2−3−25 12/10/15 4−3−15 4/27/17
2−3−26 12/10/15 4−1−1 4/27/17 4−3−16 4/27/17
2−3−27 12/10/15 4−1−2 4/27/17 4−3−17 4/27/17
2−3−28 12/10/15 4−1−3 5/26/16 4−3−18 4/27/17
2−3−29 12/10/15 4−1−4 5/26/16 4−3−19 4/27/17
2−3−30 12/10/15 4−1−5 5/26/16 4−3−20 4/27/17
2−3−31 12/10/15 4−1−6 5/26/16 4−3−21 4/27/17
4−1−7 11/10/16 4−3−22 4/27/17
4−1−8 4/27/17 4−3−23 4/27/17
Chapter 3. Airspace 4−1−9 11/10/16 4−3−24 4/27/17
Section 1. General 4−1−10 11/10/16 4−3−25 4/27/17

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3−1−2 12/10/15 4−1−12 11/10/16 4−3−27 4/27/17


4−1−13 11/10/16 4−3−28 4/27/17
4−1−14 11/10/16 4−3−29 4/27/17
Section 2. Controlled Airspace
4−1−15 11/10/16 4−3−30 4/27/17
3−2−1 12/10/15
4−1−16 11/10/16 4−3−31 4/27/17
3−2−2 12/10/15
3−2−3 5/26/16 4−1−17 11/10/16
3−2−4 12/10/15 4−1−18 11/10/16 Section 4. ATC Clearances
4−1−19 5/26/16 and Aircraft Separation
3−2−5 12/10/15
4−1−20 5/26/16 4−4−1 12/10/15
3−2−6 12/10/15
4−4−2 12/10/15
3−2−7 12/10/15
Section 2. Radio 4−4−3 12/10/15
3−2−8 5/26/16
Communications Phraseology 4−4−4 12/10/15
3−2−9 5/26/16
3−2−10 5/26/16
and Techniques 4−4−5 12/10/15
4−2−1 12/10/15 4−4−6 12/10/15
4−2−2 12/10/15 4−4−7 4/27/17
Section 3. Class G Airspace
4−2−3 12/10/15 4−4−8 4/27/17
3−3−1 12/10/15
4−2−4 12/10/15 4−4−9 4/27/17
4−2−5 5/26/16 4−4−10 4/27/17
Section 4. Special Use 4−4−11 4/27/17
4−2−6 12/10/15
Airspace
4−2−7 12/10/15 4−4−12 4/27/17
3−4−1 12/10/15
4−2−8 5/26/16
3−4−2 12/10/15
Section 5. Surveillance
Section 3. Airport Operations Systems
Section 5. Other Airspace 4−5−1 12/10/15
4−3−1 12/10/15
Areas
4−3−2 12/10/15 4−5−2 5/26/16
3−5−1 11/10/16
4−3−3 5/26/16 4−5−3 12/10/15
3−5−2 5/26/16
4−3−4 12/10/15 4−5−4 12/10/15
3−5−3 5/26/16
4−3−5 12/10/15 4−5−5 12/10/15
3−5−4 5/26/16
4−3−6 12/10/15 4−5−6 12/10/15
3−5−5 5/26/16
4−3−7 5/26/16 4−5−7 4/27/17
3−5−6 12/10/15
4−3−8 12/10/15 4−5−8 4/27/17
3−5−7 12/10/15
4−3−9 12/10/15 4−5−9 4/27/17
3−5−8 12/10/15
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4−5−13 12/10/15 5−1−11 12/10/15 5−3−9 4/27/17
4−5−14 12/10/15 5−1−12 12/10/15 5−3−10 12/10/15
4−5−15 12/10/15 5−1−13 4/27/17 5−3−11 4/27/17
4−5−16 12/10/15 5−1−14 4/27/17 5−3−12 4/27/17
4−5−17 4/27/17 5−1−15 12/10/15 5−3−13 4/27/17
4−5−18 4/27/17 5−1−16 12/10/15 5−3−14 4/27/17
4−5−19 4/27/17 5−1−17 12/10/15 5−3−15 4/27/17
4−5−20 4/27/17 5−1−18 12/10/15 5−3−16 4/27/17
4−5−21 12/10/15 5−1−19 12/10/15 5−3−17 4/27/17
5−1−20 12/10/15 5−3−18 4/27/17
Section 6. Operational Policy/ 5−1−21 11/10/16
Procedures for Reduced Vertical 5−1−22 12/10/15 Section 4. Arrival Procedures
Separation Minimum (RVSM) in 5−1−23 12/10/15
the Domestic U.S., Alaska, 5−4−1 11/10/16
Offshore Airspace and the 5−1−24 12/10/15 5−4−2 5/26/16
San Juan FIR 5−1−25 12/10/15 5−4−3 5/26/16
4−6−1 11/10/16 5−1−26 12/10/15 5−4−4 5/26/16
4−6−2 11/10/16 5−1−27 12/10/15 5−4−5 5/26/16
4−6−3 11/10/16 5−1−28 12/10/15 5−4−6 5/26/16
4−6−4 11/10/16 5−1−29 12/10/15 5−4−7 5/26/16
4−6−5 11/10/16 5−1−30 4/27/17 5−4−8 5/26/16
4−6−6 11/10/16 5−1−31 4/27/17 5−4−9 12/10/15
4−6−7 11/10/16 5−1−32 4/27/17 5−4−10 12/10/15
4−6−8 11/10/16 5−4−11 12/10/15
4−6−9 11/10/16 Section 2. Departure 5−4−12 12/10/15
4−6−10 11/10/16 Procedures 5−4−13 12/10/15
5−2−1 5/26/16 5−4−14 12/10/15
5−2−2 4/27/17 5−4−15 12/10/15
Section 7. Operational Policy/ 5−2−3 4/27/17 5−4−16 11/10/16
Procedures for the Gulf of Mexico 5−2−4 4/27/17 5−4−17 11/10/16
50 NM Lateral Separation 5−2−5 4/27/17 5−4−18 11/10/16
Initiative
5−2−6 4/27/17 5−4−19 11/10/16
4−7−1 5/26/16
5−2−7 4/27/17 5−4−20 11/10/16
4−7−2 11/10/16
5−2−8 4/27/17 5−4−21 11/10/16
4−7−3 5/26/16
5−2−9 4/27/17 5−4−22 11/10/16
4−7−4 5/26/16
5−2−10 4/27/17 5−4−23 11/10/16
5−2−11 4/27/17 5−4−24 11/10/16
Chapter 5. Air Traffic
5−2−12 4/27/17 5−4−25 11/10/16
Procedures
5−4−26 11/10/16
Section 1. Preflight 5−4−27 5/26/16
5−1−1 12/10/15
Section 3. En Route 5−4−28 5/26/16
5−1−2 5/26/16 Procedures 5−4−29 5/26/16
5−1−3 5/26/16 5−4−30 12/10/15
5−3−1 12/10/15
5−1−4 12/10/15 5−4−31 12/10/15
5−3−2 12/10/15
5−1−5 12/10/15 5−4−32 12/10/15
5−3−3 12/10/15
5−1−6 12/10/15 5−4−33 12/10/15
5−3−4 12/10/15
5−1−7 12/10/15 5−4−34 12/10/15
5−3−5 12/10/15
5−1−8 12/10/15 5−4−35 12/10/15
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5−4−38 11/10/16 5−6−11 4/27/17 Section 1. Meteorology
5−4−39 12/10/15 5−6−12 4/27/17 7−1−1 5/26/16
5−4−40 12/10/15 5−6−13 4/27/17 7−1−2 5/26/16
5−4−41 12/10/15 5−6−14 4/27/17 7−1−3 12/10/15
5−4−42 12/10/15
7−1−4 5/26/16
5−4−43 12/10/15
7−1−5 5/26/16
5−4−44 12/10/15
Chapter 6. Emergency 7−1−6 5/26/16
5−4−45 12/10/15
Procedures 7−1−7 5/26/16
5−4−46 12/10/15
Section 1. General 7−1−8 5/26/16
5−4−47 4/27/17
6−1−1 12/10/15 7−1−9 5/26/16
5−4−48 12/10/15
7−1−10 5/26/16
5−4−49 12/10/15
7−1−11 11/10/16
5−4−50 12/10/15
5−4−51 12/10/15 Section 2. Emergency Services 7−1−12 5/26/16

5−4−52 12/10/15
Available to Pilots 7−1−13 5/26/16
6−2−1 12/10/15 7−1−14 5/26/16
5−4−53 12/10/15
6−2−2 12/10/15 7−1−15 5/26/16
5−4−54 12/10/15
6−2−3 5/26/16 7−1−16 11/10/16
5−4−55 12/10/15
6−2−4 12/10/15 7−1−17 5/26/16
5−4−56 12/10/15
6−2−5 12/10/15 7−1−18 5/26/16
5−4−57 12/10/15
6−2−6 12/10/15 7−1−19 5/26/16
5−4−58 12/10/15
6−2−7 12/10/15 7−1−20 5/26/16
5−4−59 12/10/15
6−2−8 12/10/15 7−1−21 5/26/16
5−4−60 12/10/15
6−2−9 12/10/15 7−1−22 5/26/16
5−4−61 12/10/15
6−2−10 12/10/15 7−1−23 5/26/16
5−4−62 12/10/15
6−2−11 12/10/15 7−1−24 5/26/16
5−4−63 12/10/15
7−1−25 5/26/16
Section 5. Pilot/Controller 7−1−26 5/26/16
Roles and Responsibilities Section 3. Distress and 7−1−27 5/26/16
5−5−1 12/10/15 Urgency Procedures 7−1−28 5/26/16
5−5−2 12/10/15 6−3−1 5/26/16 7−1−29 5/26/16
5−5−3 12/10/15 6−3−2 5/26/16 7−1−30 5/26/16
5−5−4 4/27/17 6−3−3 12/10/15 7−1−31 5/26/16
5−5−5 12/10/15 6−3−4 12/10/15 7−1−32 5/26/16
5−5−6 12/10/15 6−3−5 12/10/15 7−1−33 5/26/16
5−5−7 4/27/17 6−3−6 12/10/15 7−1−34 5/26/16
5−5−8 4/27/17 6−3−7 12/10/15 7−1−35 5/26/16
7−1−36 5/26/16
Section 6. National Security Section 4. Two−way Radio 7−1−37 5/26/16
and Interception Procedures Communications Failure 7−1−38 5/26/16
5−6−1 4/27/17 6−4−1 12/10/15 7−1−39 5/26/16
5−6−2 4/27/17 6−4−2 12/10/15 7−1−40 5/26/16
5−6−3 4/27/17 7−1−41 5/26/16
5−6−4 4/27/17 7−1−42 5/26/16
Section 5. Aircraft Rescue
5−6−5 4/27/17 and Fire Fighting 7−1−43 5/26/16
5−6−6 4/27/17 Communications 7−1−44 5/26/16
5−6−7 4/27/17 6−5−1 12/10/15 7−1−45 5/26/16
5−6−8 4/27/17 6−5−2 12/10/15 7−1−46 5/26/16
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7−1−49 5/26/16 Hazards 9−1−10 4/27/17
7−1−50 5/26/16 7−5−1 12/10/15 9−1−11 4/27/17
7−1−51 5/26/16 7−5−2 12/10/15 9−1−12 11/10/16
7−1−52 5/26/16 7−5−3 12/10/15 9−1−13 4/27/17
7−1−53 5/26/16 7−5−4 12/10/15
7−1−54 5/26/16 7−5−5 12/10/15 Chapter 10. Helicopter
7−1−55 5/26/16 7−5−6 12/10/15 Operations
7−1−56 5/26/16 7−5−7 12/10/15 Section 1. Helicopter IFR
7−1−57 5/26/16 7−5−8 12/10/15 Operations
7−1−58 5/26/16 7−5−9 12/10/15 10−1−1 12/10/15
7−1−59 5/26/16 7−5−10 5/26/16 10−1−2 12/10/15
7−1−60 5/26/16 7−5−11 12/10/15 10−1−3 12/10/15
7−1−61 5/26/16 7−5−12 12/10/15 10−1−4 4/27/17
7−1−62 5/26/16 7−5−13 12/10/15 10−1−5 12/10/15
7−1−63 5/26/16 7−5−14 5/26/16 10−1−6 12/10/15
7−1−64 5/26/16 10−1−7 4/27/17
7−1−65 5/26/16 Section 6. Safety, Accident,
7−1−66 5/26/16 and Hazard Reports Section 2. Special Operations
7−1−67 5/26/16 7−6−1 12/10/15 10−2−1 12/10/15
7−1−68 5/26/16 7−6−2 12/10/15 10−2−2 12/10/15
7−1−69 5/26/16 7−6−3 12/10/15 10−2−3 12/10/15
10−2−4 12/10/15
Chapter 8. Medical Facts 10−2−5 12/10/15
for Pilots 10−2−6 12/10/15
Section 1. Fitness for Flight 10−2−7 12/10/15
Section 2. Altimeter Setting 8−1−1 12/10/15 10−2−8 12/10/15
Procedures 8−1−2 12/10/15 10−2−9 12/10/15
7−2−1 12/10/15 8−1−3 12/10/15 10−2−10 12/10/15
7−2−2 12/10/15 8−1−4 12/10/15 10−2−11 12/10/15
7−2−3 4/27/17 8−1−5 12/10/15 10−2−12 12/10/15
7−2−4 12/10/15 8−1−6 12/10/15 10−2−13 12/10/15
8−1−7 12/10/15 10−2−14 12/10/15
Section 3. Wake Turbulence 8−1−8 12/10/15 10−2−15 12/10/15
7−3−1 12/10/15 8−1−9 12/10/15 10−2−16 12/10/15
7−3−2 12/10/15 10−2−17 12/10/15
7−3−3 12/10/15 Chapter 9. Aeronautical
7−3−4 12/10/15 Charts and Related
7−3−5 12/10/15 Publications Appendices
7−3−6 12/10/15 Section 1. Types of Charts Appendix 1−1 12/10/15
7−3−7 12/10/15 Available Env N/A
7−3−8 12/10/15 9−1−1 4/27/17 Appendix 2−1 12/10/15
9−1−2 5/26/16 Appendix 3−1 4/27/17
Section 4. Bird Hazards and 9−1−3 11/10/16 Appendix 3−2 4/27/17
Flight Over National Refuges, 9−1−4 11/10/16 Appendix 3−3 12/10/15
Parks, and Forests 9−1−5 11/10/16 Appendix 3−4 12/10/15
7−4−1 12/10/15 9−1−6 11/10/16 Appendix 3−5 12/10/15
7−4−2 5/26/16 9−1−7 4/27/17
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PCG−1 4/27/17 PCG I−4 4/27/17 PCG T−6 5/26/16
PCG−2 4/27/17 PCG I−5 4/27/17 PCG T−7 5/26/16
PCG A−1 12/10/15 PCG I−6 4/27/17 PCG T−8 5/26/16
PCG A−2 5/26/16 PCG J−1 12/10/15 PCG U−1 5/26/16
PCG A−3 5/26/16 PCG K−1 12/10/15 PCG V−1 12/10/15
PCG A−4 5/26/16 PCG L−1 12/10/15 PCG V−2 12/10/15
PCG A−5 4/27/17 PCG L−2 5/26/16 PCG V−3 12/10/15
PGC A−6 4/27/17 PCG L−3 4/27/17 PCG V−4 5/26/16
PCG A−7 5/26/16 PCG M−1 12/10/15 PCG W−1 11/10/16
PCG A−8 4/27/17 PCG M−2 12/10/15 PCG W−2 5/26/16
PCG A−9 4/27/17 PCG M−3 12/10/15
PCG A−10 4/27/17 PCG M−4 11/10/16
PCG A−11 5/26/16 PCG M−5 11/10/16 Index
PCG A−12 5/26/16 PCG M−6 11/10/16 I−1 4/27/17
PCG A−13 11/10/16 PCG N−1 11/10/16 I−2 4/27/17
PCG A−14 4/27/17 PCG N−2 11/10/16 I−3 4/27/17
PCG A−15 4/27/17 PCG N−3 4/27/17 I−4 4/27/17
PCG A−16 4/27/17 PCG N−4 4/27/17 I−5 4/27/17
PCG B−1 5/26/16 PCG O−1 12/10/15 I−6 4/27/17
PCG B−2 4/27/17 PCG O−2 11/10/16 I−7 4/27/17
PCG C−1 12/10/15 PCG O−3 11/10/16 I−8 4/27/17
PCG C−2 5/26/16 PCG O−4 11/10/16 I−9 4/27/17
PCG C−3 11/10/16 PCG P−1 12/10/15 I−10 4/27/17
PCG C−4 11/10/16 PCG P−2 12/10/15 I−11 4/27/17
PCG C−5 11/10/16 PCG P−3 12/10/15 I−12 4/27/17
PCG C−6 11/10/16 PCG P−4 4/27/17
PCG C−7 11/10/16 PCG P−5 4/27/17
PCG C−8 11/10/16 PCG Q−1 12/10/15
PCG C−9 11/10/16 PCG R−1 5/26/16 Back Cover N/A
PCG D−1 11/10/16 PCG R−2 4/27/17
PCG D−2 11/10/16 PCG R−3 4/27/17
PCG D−3 11/10/16 PCG R−4 4/27/17
PCG D−4 11/10/16 PCG R−5 5/26/16
PCG E−1 11/10/16 PCG R−6 5/26/16
PCG E−2 11/10/16 PCG R−7 5/26/16
PCG F−1 12/10/15 PCG R−8 5/26/16
PCG F−2 12/10/15 PCG S−1 4/27/17
PCG F−3 4/27/17 PCG S−2 5/26/16
PCG F−4 4/27/17 PCG S−3 12/10/15
PCG F−5 4/27/17 PCG S−4 12/10/15
PCG G−1 12/10/15 PCG S−5 5/26/16
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PCG G−3 5/26/16 PCG S−7 12/10/15
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PCG H−3 12/10/15 PCG T−2 4/27/17
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Explanation of Changes

Effective: November 10, 2016

a. 2−1−2. Visual Glideslope Indicators This change also updates the FAA’s RVSM website
address.
Based on a request made at the Aeronautical Charting
Forum, the safe obstruction clearance provided by the f. 5−1−9. International Flight Plan (FAA Form
visual glide path of the precision approach path 7233−4)−IFR Flights (For Domestic or
indicator is now 3.4 NM from the runway threshold, International Flights)
rather than 4 SM. The International Civil Aviation Organization
(ICAO) has replaced the designation of Minimum
b. 4−1−13. Automatic Terminal Information
Navigation Performance Specification (MNPS) with
Service (ATIS)
the designation North Atlantic (NAT) High Level
This change updates the content and structure of Airspace (HLA), assigned to qualifier code “X.”
subparagraph b to reflect the current METAR format Airframes that currently have MNPS authorization
and to be in congruence with material in FAA Order will be allowed to operate in the NAT HLA under that
JO 7110.65, Air Traffic Control, Paragraph 2−1−3, authorization until 2020. All who wish to operate in
Content. the NAT HLA, who are not grandfathered in under
MNPS, will need an RNP 4 or RNP 10 approval. TBL
c. 4−3−11. Pilot Responsibilities When 5−1−4, Aircraft COM, NAV, and Approach
Conducting Land and Hold Short Operations Equipment Qualifiers, is updated to provide the new
(LAHSO) definition for the qualifier code “X.”
FIG 4−3−7 has been updated to accurately reflect the g. 5−2−8. Instrument Departure Procedures
runway orientation. (DP)−Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODP)
and Standard Instrument Departures (SID)
d. 4−4−12. Speed Adjustments
5−5−9. Speed Adjustments This change clarifies that air traffic control (ATC)
cannot modify crossing altitudes and/or speed
This change indicates that controllers are now restrictions on ODPs, as they are needed to ensure
allowed to use 5 knot increments when making speed obstacle avoidance.
adjustments.
h. 5−4−5. Instrument Approach Procedure
e. 4−6−1. Applicability and RVSM Mandate Charts
(Date/Time and Area) This change provides guidance to pilots regarding
4−6−3. Aircraft and Operator Approval what to expect from ATC when receiving assigned
Policy/Procedures, RVSM Monitoring and Data- altitudes below the terminal arrival area (TAA).
bases for Aircraft and Operator Approval
i. 5−4−6. Approach Clearance
4−6−5. Pilot RVSM Operating Practices and
Procedures This change adds “Cancel Approach Clearance” to
4−6−7. Guidance on Wake Turbulence inform the pilot that a previously issued approach
4−6−10. Procedures for Accommodation of clearance is canceled. ATC will also include
Non−RVSM Aircraft additional instructions if necessary.
This change reflects updated Reduced Vertical j. 5−4−14. Parallel ILS Approaches
Separation Minimum (RVSM) policy and procedures (Dependent)
and supports changes to Advisory Circular 91−85A, This change introduces the use of 1.5 NM radar
Authorization of Aircraft and Operators for Flight in separation diagonally on simultaneous dependent
Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum Airspace. approaches when runway centerlines are separated by

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AIM 11/10/16

more than 3,600 feet but no more than 8,300 feet. Flight Rule (VFR) Aeronautical Chart series and
There are no additional conditions or procedures introduces the new Alaska VFR Wall Planning Chart.
required when utilizing the 1.5 NM minimum Examples of these charts have been provided as well.
separation standard. The application of 1.5 NM
l. Pilot/Controller Glossary
diagonal minima ensures aircraft remain staggered on
adjacent approaches and reduces the risk of collision Terms have been added, deleted, or modified within
from aircraft inadvertently deviating from the final this glossary. Please refer to page PCG−1 for more
approach course. details.
m. Entire publication.
k. 9−1−4. General Description of Each Chart
Series Editorial/format changes were made where neces-
sary. Revision bars were not used when changes are
This change describes the new Caribbean Visual insignificant in nature.

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Checklist of Pages CK−1 through CK−6 . . . . 5/26/16 Checklist of Pages CK−1 through CK−6 . . . . 11/10/16
Table of Contents i through xi . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 Table of Contents i through xi . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
1−1−31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 1−1−31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
1−1−32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 1−1−32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
1−2−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 1−2−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
1−2−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 1−2−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
2−1−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 2−1−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
2−1−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 2−1−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
3−5−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 3−5−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
3−5−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 3−5−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
4−1−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 4−1−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
4−1−8 through 4−1−11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−1−8 through 4−1−11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
4−1−12 and 4−1−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 4−1−12 and 4−1−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
4−1−14 and 4−1−15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−1−14 and 4−1−15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
4−1−16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 4−1−16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
4−1−17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−1−17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
4−1−18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 4−1−18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
4−3−15 and 4−3−16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 4−3−15 and 4−3−16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
4−4−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−4−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
4−4−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−4−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
4−6−1 and 4−6−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−6−1 and 4−6−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
4−6−3 through 4−6−6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 4−6−3 through 4−6−6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
4−6−7 through 4−6−11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−6−7 through 4−6−10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
4−7−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 4−7−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
4−7−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 4−7−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
5−1−21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−1−21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
5−1−22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−1−22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
5−2−11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 5−2−11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
5−2−12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 5−2−12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
5−4−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 5−4−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
5−4−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 5−4−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
5−4−15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−4−15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
5−4−16 through 5−4−25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−4−16 through 5−4−25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
5−4−26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 5−4−26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
5−4−37 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−4−37 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
5−4−38 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−4−38 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
5−5−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−5−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
5−5−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−5−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
7−1−11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 7−1−11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16

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7−1−12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 7−1−12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
7−1−15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 7−1−15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
7−1−16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 7−1−16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
9−1−3 through 9−1−6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 9−1−3 through 9−1−6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
9−1−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 9−1−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
9−1−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 9−1−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
9−1−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 9−1−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
9−1−10 and 9−1−11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 9−1−10 through 9−1−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
PCG−1 and PCG−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
PCG A−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG A−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
PCG A−14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG A−14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG C−3 through PCG C−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG C−3 through PCG C−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
PCG D−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG D−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
PCG D−2 and PCG D−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG D−2 and PCG D−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
PCG D−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG D−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
PCG E−1 and PCG E−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG E−1 and PCG E−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
PCG I−5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG I−5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG I−6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG I−6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
PCG M−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG M−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/16
PCG M−4 through PCG M−6 . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG M−4 through PCG M−6 . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
PCG N−1 through PCG N−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG N−1 through PCG N−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
PCG O−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG O−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
PCG O−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG O−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
PCG O−3 and PCG O−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG O−3 and PCG O−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
PCG W−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG W−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/10/16
PCG W−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16 PCG W−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
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Record of Changes N/A 1−1−13 12/10/15 Lighting and Other Airport
Exp of Chg−1 11/10/16 1−1−14 5/26/16 Visual Aids
Exp of Chg−2 11/10/16 1−1−15 12/10/15 Section 1. Airport Lighting
1−1−16 12/10/15 Aids
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CK−1 11/10/16 1−1−19 12/10/15 2−1−3 12/10/15
CK−2 11/10/16 1−1−20 12/10/15 2−1−4 11/10/16
CK−3 11/10/16 1−1−21 12/10/15 2−1−5 12/10/15
CK−4 11/10/16 1−1−22 12/10/15 2−1−6 12/10/15
CK−5 11/10/16 1−1−23 12/10/15 2−1−7 12/10/15
CK−6 11/10/16 1−1−24 12/10/15 2−1−8 12/10/15
1−1−25 12/10/15 2−1−9 12/10/15
Subscription Info 12/10/15 1−1−26 12/10/15 2−1−10 12/10/15
Comments/Corr 12/10/15 1−1−27 12/10/15 2−1−11 12/10/15
Comments/Corr 12/10/15 1−1−28 12/10/15 2−1−12 12/10/15
Basic Flight Info 5/26/16 1−1−29 12/10/15 2−1−13 12/10/15
Publication Policy 12/10/15 1−1−30 12/10/15 2−1−14 5/26/16
Reg & Advis Cir 12/10/15 1−1−31 12/10/15 2−1−15 12/10/15
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i 11/10/16
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iii 11/10/16 2−2−2 12/10/15

iv 11/10/16
v 11/10/16 Section 3. Airport Marking
vi 11/10/16 Aids and Signs
vii 11/10/16 2−3−1 12/10/15
viii 11/10/16 2−3−2 12/10/15
ix 11/10/16 2−3−3 12/10/15
x 11/10/16 Section 2. Performance−Based 2−3−4 12/10/15
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Navigation (PBN) and Area 2−3−5 12/10/15
Navigation (RNAV) 2−3−6 12/10/15
1−2−1 12/10/15 2−3−7 12/10/15
1−2−2 12/10/15 2−3−8 12/10/15
Chapter 1. Air Navigation
1−2−3 12/10/15 2−3−9 12/10/15
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Section 7. Operational Policy/ 5−2−3 12/10/15 5−4−21 11/10/16
Procedures for the Gulf of Mexico 5−2−4 12/10/15 5−4−22 11/10/16
50 NM Lateral Separation 5−2−5 12/10/15 5−4−23 11/10/16
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Roles and Responsibilities
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7−1−66 5/26/16 and Hazard Reports Section 2. Special Operations
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Chapter 8. Medical Facts 10−2−5 12/10/15
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Section 2. Altimeter Setting 8−1−1 12/10/15 10−2−8 12/10/15
Procedures 8−1−2 12/10/15 10−2−9 12/10/15
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7−3−4 12/10/15 Charts and Related
7−3−5 12/10/15 Publications Appendices
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Flight Over National Refuges, 9−1−4 11/10/16 Appendix 3−3 12/10/15
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PCG E−2 11/10/16 PCG R−1 5/26/16 I−10 11/10/16
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PCG F−2 12/10/15 PCG R−3 5/26/16 I−12 11/10/16
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PCG G−1 12/10/15 PCG R−7 5/26/16 Back Cover N/A
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AERONAUTICAL
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Change 1
May 26, 2016

DO NOT DESTROY
BASIC DATED
DECEMBER 10, 2015
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Aeronautical Information Manual


Explanation of Changes

Effective: May 26, 2016

a. 1−2−3. Use of Suitable Area Navigation e. 3−5−1. Airport Advisory/Information


(RNAV) Systems on Conventional Procedures Services
and Routes 4−1−3. Flight Service Stations
4−1−9. Traffic Advisory Practices at
This change allows for the use of a suitable RNAV Airports Without Operating Control Towers
system as a means to navigate on the final approach Flight Service Stations have discontinued Airport
segment of an instrument approach procedure (IAP) Advisory services within the Continental U.S.,
based on a VOR, TACAN, or NDB signal. The Puerto Rico, and Hawaii, due to declining demand
underlying NAVAID must be operational and and pilot requests. Therefore, we have removed
monitored for the final segment course alignment. references to Remote Airport Advisory service and
Local Airport Advisory service from FAA directives.
b. 3−2−3. Class B Airspace Airport Advisory services in Alaska remain
unchanged.
This change adds an RNAV Receiver as an option for f. 4−1−21. Hazardous Area Reporting Service
instrument flight rule (IFR) navigation requirement
IAW 91.131 (c)(1). This service was reviewed for relevance in the Flight
Service NAS Initiative as was requested so few times
c. 3−2−5. Class D Airspace that it was deemed obsolete. Therefore, this change
deletes the Flight Service requirement to publish this
service.
This change clarifies the status of part-time Class D
airspace areas and associated Class E arrival g. 4−2−6. Ground Station Call Signs
extensions during periods when a control tower is not 4−2−14. Communications for VFR Flights
operating. This change closes out Aeronautical 7−1−1. National Weather Service Aviation
Charting Forum (ACF) recommendation 07-01-195 Products
and is consistent with the revised information 7−1−2. FAA Weather Services
previously incorporated in all volumes of the Chart 7−1−4. Preflight Briefing
Supplement U.S. 7−1−5. En Route Flight Advisory Service
(EFAS)
d. 3−2−6. Class E Airspace 7−1−6. Inflight Aviation Weather Advisories
7−1−10. Inflight Weather Broadcasts
This change updates the definition, vertical limits, 7−1−11. Flight Information Services (FIS)
7−1−20. Pilot Weather Reports (PIREPS)
and types of Class E airspace. The change more
7−1−29. Thunderstorm Flying
accurately reflects Class E airspace regulatory
information in 14 CFR Part 71 and more clearly states This change reflects the migration of En Route Flight
that Class E arrival extensions have the same Advisory Service responsibilities into the Inflight
effective times as the airport surface area airspace. position and the discontinued use of the term “Flight
This change also closes out ACF recommendation Watch” within the Continental U.S. and Puerto Rico.
07-01-195 and is consistent with the revised The paragraphs within chapter 7 have also been
information previously incorporated in all volumes updated due to changes in Advisory Circular
of the Chart Supplement U.S. 00−45H, Aviation Weather Services.

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h. 4−3−8. Braking Action Reports and m. 5−4−1. Standard Terminal Arrival (STAR)
Advisories Procedures
4−3−9. Runway Friction Reports and
Advisories This change adds language advising pilots what to
expect when vectored or cleared to deviate off of a
As a result of the Southwest Airlines runway overrun STAR. Pilots should consider the STAR cancelled. If
accident in December 2005, the FAA chartered the the clearance included crossing restrictions,
Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment controllers will issue an altitude to maintain. It also
(TALPA) Work Group to develop a more accurate adds language advising pilots when to be prepared to
way of assessing and reporting runway conditions, resume the procedure. Since all clearances on STARS
standardize terminology, incorporate airplane will not include Descend Via clearances, the word
performance capability, and provide the pilot with “will” was replaced with “may.”
better information for landing distance assessment.
This change, to take effect on October 1, 2016, n. 5−4−6. Approach Clearance
updates language to better align with TALPA.
This change contains editorial revisions that account
i. 4−3−22. Option Approach for changes made concerning RNAV (RNP)
approaches with radius−to−fix (RF) legs. In addition,
This changes adds verbiage advising pilots to inform due to comments received by industry stakeholders,
air traffic control (ATC) as soon as possible of any specific guidance concerning clearing aircraft to the
delay clearing the runway during their stop−and−go fix beginning or within an RF leg was moved from a
or full stop landing. note to procedural direction, and corrected the
associated graphic. Content was added to convey to
j. 4−6−4. Flight Planning Into RVSM Airspace
controllers not to assign speeds in excess of charted
This change clarifies the filing procedures for speed restrictions at fixes and waypoints.
Non−RVSM flight plans so that ATC will be properly
o. 5−4−7. Instrument Approach Procedures
alerted on their radar display.
k. 4−7−1. Introduction and Background This change adds a note to provide guidance to pilots
4−7−2. Gulf of Mexico 50 NM Lateral regarding what to expect when clearances are issued
Separation Initiative Web Page: Policy, Proced- by ATC to altitudes below those published on IAPs.
ures and Guidance for Operators and Regulators p. 6−2−4. Emergency Locator Transmitter
4−7−5. Provisions for Accommodation of (ELT)
NonRNP10 Aircraft (Aircraft Not Authorized 6−3−1. Distress and Urgency Communica-
RNP 10 or RNP 4) tions
4−7−7. RNP 10 or RNP 4 Authorization:
Policy and Procedures for Aircraft and Operators This change deletes direction for aircraft to contact
4−7−8. Flight Planning Requirements the Flight Service Station during urgent situations
4−7−9. Pilot and Dispatcher Procedures: and allows pilots direct contact with Terminal Radar
Basic and In−Flight Contingency Procedures Approach Controls or Air Route Traffic Control
Centers.
This change updates outdated material and removes
obsolete information. The content has also been q. 6−3−1. Distress and Urgency Communica-
rearranged to allow for better clarity where tions
appropriate.
This change reflects the U.S. Coast Guard’s
l. 5−2−8. Instrument Departure Procedures termination of its radio guard of the international
(DP) − Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODP) and voice distress, safety and calling frequency
Standard Instrument Departures (SID) 2182 kHz.
This change adds language advising pilots what to r. 7−1−21. PIREPS Relating to Airframe Icing
expect when vectored or cleared to deviate off of an
SID. This change updates the definition of severe icing.

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s. 7−1−26. Microbursts u. Pilot/Controller Glossary

This change adds a new figure and a listing of Terms have been added, deleted, or modified within
Terminal Weather Information for Pilots System this glossary. Please refer to page PCG−1 for more
(TWIP)−equipped airports. details.
v. Entire publication.
t. 9−1−4. General Description of Each Chart
Series A global search and replace was conducted on the
term “A/FD − Airport Facility Directory.” This term
FIG 9−1−1 has been updated to more fully describe is now being referred to as “Chart Supplement U.S.”
chart coverage and better identify the coverage and
availability of the Grand Canyon VFR Aeronautical Editorial/format changes were made where neces-
Chart. FIG 9−1−2 has also been updated to better sary. Revision bars were not used when changes are
depict chart coverage. insignificant in nature.

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Checklist of Pages CK−1 through CK−6 . . . . 12/10/15 Checklist of Pages CK−1 through CK−6 . . . . 5/26/16
Basic Flt Info & ATC Procedures . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 Basic Flt Info & ATC Procedures . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
Flight Info Publication Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 Flight Info Publication Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
Table of Contents i through xi . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 Table of Contents i through xi . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
1−1−1 through 1−1−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 1−1−1 through 1−1−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
1−1−5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 1−1−5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
1−1−6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 1−1−6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
1−1−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 1−1−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
1−1−14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 1−1−14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
1−1−17 and 1−1−18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 1−1−17 and 1−1−18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
1−2−7 and 1−2−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 1−2−7 and 1−2−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
2−1−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 2−1−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
2−1−2 and 2−1−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 2−1−2 and 2−1−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
2−1−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 2−1−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
2−1−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 2−1−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
2−1−14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 2−1−14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
3−2−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 3−2−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
3−2−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 3−2−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
3−2−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 3−2−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
3−2−8 and 3−2−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 3−2−8 through 3−2−10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
3−5−1 through 3−5−5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 3−5−1 through 3−5−5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
3−5−6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 3−5−6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
4−1−1 through 4−1−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−1−1 through 4−1−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
4−1−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−1−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
4−1−11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−1−11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
4−1−12 and 4−1−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−1−12 and 4−1−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
4−1−14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−1−14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
4−1−15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−1−15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
4−1−16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−1−16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
4−1−17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−1−17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
4−1−18 through 4−1−23 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−1−18 through 4−1−20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
4−2−5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−2−5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
4−2−6 and 4−2−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−2−6 and 4−2−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
4−2−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−2−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
4−3−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−3−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
4−3−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−3−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
4−3−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−3−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
4−3−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−3−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
4−3−11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−3−11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15

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4−3−12 through 4−3−25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−3−12 through 4−3−25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
4−3−26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−3−26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
4−3−29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−3−29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
4−5−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−5−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
4−5−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−5−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
4−6−3 through 4−6−6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−6−3 through 4−6−6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
4−7−1 through 4−7−5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 4−7−1 through 4−7−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
5−1−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−1−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
5−1−2 and 5−1−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−1−2 and 5−1−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
5−1−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−1−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
5−1−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−1−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
5−1−14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−1−14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
5−2−1 and 5−2−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−2−1 and 5−2−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
5−2−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−2−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
5−2−10 through 5−2−12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−2−10 through 5−2−12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
5−4−1 through 5−4−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−4−1 through 5−4−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
5−4−25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−4−25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
5−4−26 through 5−4−29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−4−26 through 5−4−29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
5−4−30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 5−4−30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
6−2−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 6−2−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
6−2−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 6−2−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
6−3−1 and 6−3−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 6−3−1 and 6−3−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
7−1−1 and 7−1−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 7−1−1 and 7−1−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
7−1−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 7−1−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
7−1−4 through 7−1−72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 7−1−4 through 7−1−69 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
7−4−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 7−4−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
7−4−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 7−4−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
7−5−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 7−5−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
7−5−10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 7−5−10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
7−5−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 7−5−13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
7−5−14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 7−5−14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
9−1−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 9−1−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
9−1−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 9−1−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
9−1−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 9−1−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
9−1−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 9−1−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
9−1−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 9−1−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
9−1−10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 9−1−10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
Appendix 3−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 Appendix 3−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
Appendix 3−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 Appendix 3−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
PCG−1 and PCG−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG−1 and PCG−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG A−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG A−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
PCG A−2 through PCG A−16 . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG A−2 through PCG A−16 . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG B−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG B−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG B−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG B−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15

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PCG C−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG C−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
PCG C−2 through PCG C−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG C−2 through PCG C−9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG D−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG D−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
PCG D−2 and PCG D−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG D−2 and PCG D−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG D−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG D−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
PCG E−1 and PCG E−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG E−1 and PCG E−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
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PCG N−1 through PCG N−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG N−1 through PCG N−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG O−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG O−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
PCG O−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG O−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG P−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG P−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
PCG P−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG P−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG R−1 through PCG R−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG R−1 through PCG R−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG S−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG S−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
PCG S−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG S−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG S−5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG S−5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG S−6 and PCG S−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG S−6 and PCG S−7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
PCG S−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG S−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG T−3 through PCG T−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG T−3 through PCG T−8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG U−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG U−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG V−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG V−3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15
PCG V−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG V−4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
PCG W−1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/10/15 PCG W−1 and PCG W−2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/26/16
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4−6−10 12/10/15 Procedures 5−4−18 12/10/15
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Effective: December 10, 2015

a. 1−1−17. Global Positioning System (GPS) f. 4−5−7. Automatic Dependent Surveillance−


5−1−16. RNAV and RNP Operations Broadcast (ADS−B) Services
4−5−8. Traffic Information Service−Broad-
This change reflects the migration from cast (TIS−B)
raimprediction.net to the Service Availability 4−5−9. Flight Information Service−Broadcast
Prediction Tool (SAPT). (FIS−B)
4−5−10. Automatic Dependent Surveillance−
b. 2−3−14. Aircraft Arresting Systems Rebroadcast (ADS−R)

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Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) is and Broadcast Services−Automatic Dependent
marked. It also clarifies guidance regarding taxiing Surveillance−Broadcast (SBS/ADS−B) Program.
across the runway. Therefore, this change removes references to the Safe
Flight 21 program and updates its contact
c. 3−2−4. Class C Airspace information, including telephone numbers and
4−2−4. Aircraft Call Signs website URL information. The guidance that pilots
4−3−10. Intersection Takeoffs report all malfunctions to flight service stations
4−4−14. Visual Separation remains unchanged.
5−5−11. Visual Approach
7−3−8. Pilot Responsibility g. 5−1−17. Cold Temperature Operations
7−3−9. Air Traffic Wake Turbulence 5−5−4. Instrument Approach
Separations 5−5−5. Missed Approach

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“Super” and updates the associated guidance as weather effects on indicated altitudes versus that of an
appropriate. It also includes changes to wake aircraft’s true altitude, the FAA completed a safety
turbulence separation behind B757 aircraft. study to determine if current 14 CFR Part 97
instrument approach procedures in the United States
d. 4−1−20. Transponder Operation National Airspace System are at risk of compromised
required obstacle clearances during time of extreme
This change updates transponder and Automatic cold temperature. A safety risk management panel
Dependent Surveillance−Broadcast (ADS−B) opera- (SRMP) was conducted on the impact to ATC
tional procedures while on the airport surface and operations, and a condition of the SRMP was to add
airborne. content to the Aeronautical Information Manual to
assist in a pilot’s awareness of the need to apply cold
e. 4−3−19. Taxi During Low Visibility temperature correction. This change adds guidance
under preflight planning to account for Cold
This change updates the runway visual range (RVR) Temperature Correction. It also adds the provision
from 600 RVR to 500 RVR. It also changes Surface under pilot responsibilities that, during instrument
Movement Guidance and Control System (SMGCS) approaches, the pilot must advise ATC when there is
to Low Visibility Operations Surface Movement a need to apply cold temperature correction and, if so,
Guidance and Control System (LVOSMGCS). how much is being applied.

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ent)
The Terminal Data Link System has been upgraded to
include Controller Pilot Data Link Communication This change introduces the use of 1 mile radar
Clearance (CPDLC)-Departure Clearance (DCL) separation diagonally on simultaneous dependent
messaging. The content and title have been updated approaches when runway centerlines are separated by
to reflect this automation. at least 2,500 feet but no more than 3,600 feet. The
existing paragraph is revised to account for the new
i. 5−2−8. Instrument Departure Procedures 3,600 foot standard. There are no additional
(DP) − Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODP) and conditions or procedures required when utilizing the
Standard Instrument Departures (SID) 1 NM minimum separation standard.
5−5−14. Instrument Departures l. 9−1−4. General Description of Each Chart
Series
This change clarifies previous guidance regarding Appendix 3. Abbreviations/Acronyms
visual climb over airport (VCOA) and aligns it with
the definition provided in the Pilot/Controller This change is updated to reflect that the last edition
Glossary. It also adds the requirement that pilots of the World Aeronautical Chart (WAC) will be
advise ATC when they intend to fly the VCOA published in March 2016. Current WAC editions will
procedure as early as possible prior to departure. be effective through the previously published
effective date(s). As such, all references to WAC have
j. 5−4−5. Instrument Approach Procedure been deleted.
Charts
m. Pilot/Controller Glossary
This change updates the description of minimum safe Terms have been added, deleted, or modified within
altitudes (MSA) based on conventional navigation this glossary. Please refer to page PCG−1 for more
systems and RNAV. It allows for the use of the airport details.
reference point as the center of an MSA for
n. Entire publication.
conventional navigation systems. This change also
updates the chart note and clarifies what is expected Editorial/format changes were made where neces-
from the pilot when the procedures visual descent sary. Revision bars were not used when changes are
angle (VDA) is removed. insignificant in nature.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Air Navigation


Section 1. Navigation Aids
Paragraph Page
1-1-1. General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1-1
1-1-2. Nondirectional Radio Beacon (NDB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1-1
1-1-3. VHF Omni-directional Range (VOR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1-1
1-1-4. VOR Receiver Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1-3
1-1-5. Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1-4
1-1-6. VHF Omni-directional Range/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) . . . . . . . . . 1-1-4
1-1-7. Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1-5
1-1-8. Navigational Aid (NAVAID) Service Volumes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1-5
1-1-9. Instrument Landing System (ILS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1-8
1-1-10. Simplified Directional Facility (SDF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1-13
1-1-11. NAVAID Identifier Removal During Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1-15
1-1-12. NAVAIDs with Voice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1-15
1-1-13. User Reports Requested on NAVAID or Global Navigation Satellite
System (GNSS) Performance or Interference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1-15
1-1-14. LORAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1-16
1-1-15. Inertial Reference Unit (IRU), Inertial Navigation System (INS), and
Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1-16
1-1-16. Doppler Radar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1-16
1-1-17. Global Positioning System (GPS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1-16
1-1-18. Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1-29
1-1-19. Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) Landing System (GLS) . . . . . . 1-1-34
1-1-20. Precision Approach Systems other than ILS and GLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1-34

Section 2. Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) and Area Navigation


(RNAV)
1-2-1. General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2-1
1-2-2. Required Navigation Performance (RNP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2-4
1-2-3. Use of Suitable Area Navigation (RNAV) Systems on Conventional Procedures
and Routes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2-6
1-2-4. Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers Recognizing Interference or Spoofing . . . . . . 1-2-8

Chapter 2. Aeronautical Lighting and


Other Airport Visual Aids
Section 1. Airport Lighting Aids
2-1-1. Approach Light Systems (ALS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1-1
2-1-2. Visual Glideslope Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1-1
2-1-3. Runway End Identifier Lights (REIL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1-6
2-1-4. Runway Edge Light Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1-6
2-1-5. In-runway Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1-6
2-1-6. Runway Status Light (RWSL) System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1-7
2-1-7. Stand­Alone Final Approach Runway Occupancy Signal (FAROS) . . . . . . . . . . 2-1-10
2-1-8. Control of Lighting Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1-11

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2-1-9. Pilot Control of Airport Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1-11
2-1-10. Airport/Heliport Beacons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1-14
2-1-11. Taxiway Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1-15

Section 2. Air Navigation and Obstruction Lighting


2-2-1. Aeronautical Light Beacons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2-1
2-2-2. Code Beacons and Course Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2-1
2-2-3. Obstruction Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2-1

Section 3. Airport Marking Aids and Signs


2-3-1. General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3-1
2-3-2. Airport Pavement Markings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3-1
2-3-3. Runway Markings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3-1
2-3-4. Taxiway Markings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3-7
2-3-5. Holding Position Markings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3-12
2-3-6. Other Markings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3-16
2-3-7. Airport Signs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3-19
2-3-8. Mandatory Instruction Signs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3-20
2-3-9. Location Signs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3-23
2-3-10. Direction Signs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3-25
2-3-11. Destination Signs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3-28
2-3-12. Information Signs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3-29
2-3-13. Runway Distance Remaining Signs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3-29
2-3-14. Aircraft Arresting Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3-30
2-3-15. Security Identifications Display Area (Airport Ramp Area) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3-31

Chapter 3. Airspace

Section 1. General
3-1-1. General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1-1
3-1-2. General Dimensions of Airspace Segments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1-1
3-1-3. Hierarchy of Overlapping Airspace Designations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1-1
3-1-4. Basic VFR Weather Minimums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1-1
3-1-5. VFR Cruising Altitudes and Flight Levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1-2

Section 2. Controlled Airspace


3-2-1. General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2-1
3-2-2. Class A Airspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2-2
3-2-3. Class B Airspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2-2
3-2-4. Class C Airspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2-4
3-2-5. Class D Airspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2-8
3-2-6. Class E Airspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2-9

Section 3. Class G Airspace


3-3-1. General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3-1
3-3-2. VFR Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3-1
3-3-3. IFR Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3-1

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Section 4. Special Use Airspace


Paragraph Page
3-4-1. General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4-1
3-4-2. Prohibited Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4-1
3-4-3. Restricted Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4-1
3-4-4. Warning Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4-1
3-4-5. Military Operations Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4-2
3-4-6. Alert Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4-2
3-4-7. Controlled Firing Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4-2
3-4-8. National Security Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4-2

Section 5. Other Airspace Areas


3-5-1. Airport Advisory/Information Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5-1
3-5-2. Military Training Routes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5-1
3-5-3. Temporary Flight Restrictions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5-2
3-5-4. Parachute Jump Aircraft Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5-5
3-5-5. Published VFR Routes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5-5
3-5-6. Terminal Radar Service Area (TRSA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5-9

Chapter 4. Air Traffic Control

Section 1. Services Available to Pilots


4-1-1. Air Route Traffic Control Centers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1-1
4-1-2. Control Towers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1-1
4-1-3. Flight Service Stations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1-1
4-1-4. Recording and Monitoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1-1
4-1-5. Communications Release of IFR Aircraft Landing at an Airport Without
an Operating Control Tower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1-1
4-1-6. Pilot Visits to Air Traffic Facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1-1
4-1-7. Operation Rain Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1-2
4-1-8. Approach Control Service for VFR Arriving Aircraft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1-2
4-1-9. Traffic Advisory Practices at Airports Without Operating Control Towers . . . . 4-1-2
4-1-10. IFR Approaches/Ground Vehicle Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1-6
4-1-11. Designated UNICOM/MULTICOM Frequencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1-6
4-1-12. Use of UNICOM for ATC Purposes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1-7
4-1-13. Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1-7
4-1-14. Automatic Flight Information Service (AFIS) - Alaska FSSs Only . . . . . . . . . 4-1-8
4-1-15. Radar Traffic Information Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1-9
4-1-16. Safety Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1-10
4-1-17. Radar Assistance to VFR Aircraft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1-11
4-1-18. Terminal Radar Services for VFR Aircraft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1-12
4-1-19. Tower En Route Control (TEC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1-14
4-1-20. Transponder Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1-15
4-1-21. Airport Reservation Operations and Special Traffic Management Programs . 4-1-18
4-1-22. Requests for Waivers and Authorizations from Title 14, Code of Federal
Regulations (14 CFR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1-20
4-1-23. Weather System Processor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1-20

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Section 2. Radio Communications Phraseology


and Techniques
Paragraph Page
4-2-1. General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2-1
4-2-2. Radio Technique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2-1
4-2-3. Contact Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2-1
4-2-4. Aircraft Call Signs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2-3
4-2-5. Description of Interchange or Leased Aircraft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2-4
4-2-6. Ground Station Call Signs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2-4
4-2-7. Phonetic Alphabet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2-5
4-2-8. Figures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2-6
4-2-9. Altitudes and Flight Levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2-6
4-2-10. Directions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2-6
4-2-11. Speeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2-6
4-2-12. Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2-6
4-2-13. Communications with Tower when Aircraft Transmitter or Receiver or
Both are Inoperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2-7
4-2-14. Communications for VFR Flights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2-8

Section 3. Airport Operations


4-3-1. General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-1
4-3-2. Airports with an Operating Control Tower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-1
4-3-3. Traffic Patterns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-2
4-3-4. Visual Indicators at Airports Without an Operating Control Tower . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-6
4-3-5. Unexpected Maneuvers in the Airport Traffic Pattern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-6
4-3-6. Use of Runways/Declared Distances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-7
4-3-7. Low Level Wind Shear/Microburst Detection Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-12
4-3-8. Braking Action Reports and Advisories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-12
4-3-9. Runway Condition Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-13
4-3-10. Intersection Takeoffs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-15
4-3-11. Pilot Responsibilities When Conducting Land and Hold Short
Operations (LAHSO) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-15
4-3-12. Low Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-18
4-3-13. Traffic Control Light Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-18
4-3-14. Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-19
4-3-15. Gate Holding Due to Departure Delays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-20
4-3-16. VFR Flights in Terminal Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-20
4-3-17. VFR Helicopter Operations at Controlled Airports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-20
4-3-18. Taxiing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-22
4-3-19. Taxi During Low Visibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-23
4-3-20. Exiting the Runway After Landing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-24
4-3-21. Practice Instrument Approaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-24
4-3-22. Option Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-25
4-3-23. Use of Aircraft Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-26
4-3-24. Flight Inspection/`Flight Check' Aircraft in Terminal Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-26
4-3-25. Hand Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-27
4-3-26. Operations at Uncontrolled Airports With Automated Surface Observing
System (ASOS)/Automated Weather Sensor System(AWSS)/Automated
Weather Observing System (AWOS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-31

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Section 4. ATC Clearances and Aircraft Separation


Paragraph Page
4-4-1. Clearance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-1
4-4-2. Clearance Prefix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-1
4-4-3. Clearance Items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-1
4-4-4. Amended Clearances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-2
4-4-5. Coded Departure Route (CDR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-3
4-4-6. Special VFR Clearances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-3
4-4-7. Pilot Responsibility upon Clearance Issuance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-4
4-4-8. IFR Clearance VFR-on-top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-4
4-4-9. VFR/IFR Flights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-5
4-4-10. Adherence to Clearance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-5
4-4-11. IFR Separation Standards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-7
4-4-12. Speed Adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-7
4-4-13. Runway Separation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-10
4-4-14. Visual Separation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-10
4-4-15. Use of Visual Clearing Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-11
4-4-16. Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS I & II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-11
4-4-17. Traffic Information Service (TIS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-12

Section 5. Surveillance Systems


4-5-1. Radar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5-1
4-5-2. Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System (ATCRBS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5-2
4-5-3. Surveillance Radar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5-7
4-5-4. Precision Approach Radar (PAR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5-7
4-5-5. Airport Surface Detection Equipment (ASDE-X)/Airport Surface Surveillance
Capability (ASSC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5-7
4-5-6. Traffic Information Service (TIS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5-8
4-5-7. Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Services . . . . . . . . . 4-5-14
4-5-8. Traffic Information Service- Broadcast (TIS-B) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5-18
4-5-9. Flight Information Service- Broadcast (FIS-B) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5-19
4-5-10. Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Rebroadcast (ADS-R) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5-21

Section 6. Operational Policy/Procedures for Reduced Vertical


Separation Minimum (RVSM) in the Domestic U.S., Alaska, Offshore
Airspace and the San Juan FIR
4-6-1. Applicability and RVSM Mandate (Date/Time and Area) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6-1
4-6-2. Flight Level Orientation Scheme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6-1
4-6-3. Aircraft and Operator Approval Policy/Procedures, RVSM Monitoring and
Databases for Aircraft and Operator Approval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6-2
4-6-4. Flight Planning into RVSM Airspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6-2
4-6-5. Pilot RVSM Operating Practices and Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6-3
4-6-6. Guidance on Severe Turbulence and Mountain Wave Activity (MWA) . . . . . . . 4-6-3
4-6-7. Guidance on Wake Turbulence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6-5
4-6-8. Pilot/Controller Phraseology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6-5
4-6-9. Contingency Actions: Weather Encounters and Aircraft System Failures that
Occur After Entry into RVSM Airspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6-7
4-6-10. Procedures for Accommodation of Non-RVSM Aircraft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6-9
4-6-11. Non-RVSM Aircraft Requesting Climb to and Descent from Flight Levels
Above RVSM Airspace Without Intermediate Level Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6-10

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Section 7. Operational Policy/Procedures for the Gulf of Mexico 50 NM


Lateral Separation Initiative
Paragraph Page
4-7-1. Introduction and Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7-1
4-7-2. Lateral Separation Minima Applied . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7-1
4-7-3. Operation on Routes on the Periphery of the Gulf of Mexico CTAs . . . . . . . . . 4-7-1
4-7-4. Provisions for Non-RNP 10 Aircraft (Not Authorized RNP 10 or RNP 4) . . . 4-7-1
4-7-5. Operator Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7-2
4-7-6. RNP 10 or RNP 4 Authorization: Policy and Procedures for Aircraft
and Operators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7-2
4-7-7. Flight Planning Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7-3
4-7-8. Pilot and Dispatcher Procedures: Basic and In­flight Contingency Procedures . 4-7-3

Chapter 5. Air Traffic Procedures


Section 1. Preflight
5-1-1. Preflight Preparation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1-1
5-1-2. Follow IFR Procedures Even When Operating VFR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1-2
5-1-3. Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1-2
5-1-4. Flight Plan - VFR Flights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1-7
5-1-5. Operational Information System (OIS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1-10
5-1-6. Flight Plan- Defense VFR (DVFR) Flights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1-10
5-1-7. Composite Flight Plan (VFR/IFR Flights) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1-11
5-1-8. Flight Plan (FAA Form 7233-1)- Domestic IFR Flights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1-11
5-1-9. International Flight Plan (FAA Form 7233-4)- IFR Flights (For Domestic or
International Flights) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1-17
5-1-10. IFR Operations to High Altitude Destinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1-27
5-1-11. Flights Outside the U.S. and U.S. Territories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1-28
5-1-12. Change in Flight Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1-30
5-1-13. Change in Proposed Departure Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1-30
5-1-14. Closing VFR/DVFR Flight Plans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1-30
5-1-15. Canceling IFR Flight Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1-30
5-1-16. RNAV and RNP Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1-31
5-1-17. Cold Temperature Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1-31

Section 2. Departure Procedures


5-2-1. Pre‐taxi Clearance Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2-1
5-2-2. Automated Pre-Departure Clearance Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2-1
5-2-3. Taxi Clearance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2-2
5-2-4. Line Up and Wait (LUAW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2-2
5-2-5. Abbreviated IFR Departure Clearance (Cleared. . .as Filed) Procedures . . . . . 5-2-3
5-2-6. Departure Restrictions, Clearance Void Times, Hold for Release, and
Release Times . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2-4
5-2-7. Departure Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2-5
5-2-8. Instrument Departure Procedures (DP) - Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODP)
and Standard Instrument Departures (SID) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2-6

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Section 3. En Route Procedures


Paragraph Page
5-3-1. ARTCC Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3-1
5-3-2. Position Reporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3-3
5-3-3. Additional Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3-4
5-3-4. Airways and Route Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3-5
5-3-5. Airway or Route Course Changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3-7
5-3-6. Changeover Points (COPs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3-8
5-3-7. Minimum Turning Altitude (MTA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3-8
5-3-8. Holding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3-8

Section 4. Arrival Procedures


5-4-1. Standard Terminal Arrival (STAR) Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-1
5-4-2. Local Flow Traffic Management Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-3
5-4-3. Approach Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-3
5-4-4. Advance Information on Instrument Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-4
5-4-5. Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP) Charts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-5
5-4-6. Approach Clearance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-24
5-4-7. Instrument Approach Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-26
5-4-8. Special Instrument Approach Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-27
5-4-9. Procedure Turn and Hold-in-lieu of Procedure Turn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-28
5-4-10. Timed Approaches from a Holding Fix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-31
5-4-11. Radar Approaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-34
5-4-12. Radar Monitoring of Instrument Approaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-35
5-4-13. ILS Approaches to Parallel Runways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-36
5-4-14. Parallel ILS Approaches (Dependent) (See FIG 5-4-20.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-38
5-4-15. Simultaneous (Parallel) Independent ILS/RNAV/GLS Approaches
(See FIG 5-4-21.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-40
5-4-16. Simultaneous Close Parallel ILS PRM/RNAV PRM/GLS PRM Approaches
and Simultaneous Offset Instrument Approaches (SOIA)
(See FIG 5-4-22.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-42
5-4-17. Simultaneous Converging Instrument Approaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-49
5-4-18. RNP AR Instrument Approach Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-50
5-4-19. Side-step Maneuver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-52
5-4-20. Approach and Landing Minimums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-52
5-4-21. Missed Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-55
5-4-22. Use of Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) on Instrument Approaches . 5-4-57
5-4-23. Visual Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-60
5-4-24. Charted Visual Flight Procedure (CVFP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-61
5-4-25. Contact Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-62
5-4-26. Landing Priority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-62
5-4-27. Overhead Approach Maneuver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-62

Section 5. Pilot/Controller Roles and Responsibilities


5-5-1. General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5-1
5-5-2. Air Traffic Clearance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5-1
5-5-3. Contact Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5-2
5-5-4. Instrument Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5-2
5-5-5. Missed Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5-3
5-5-6. Radar Vectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5-3
5-5-7. Safety Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5-3

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5-5-8. See and Avoid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5-4
5-5-9. Speed Adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5-4
5-5-10. Traffic Advisories (Traffic Information) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5-5
5-5-11. Visual Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5-5
5-5-12. Visual Separation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5-6
5-5-13. VFR‐on‐top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5-6
5-5-14. Instrument Departures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5-7
5-5-15. Minimum Fuel Advisory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5-7
5-5-16. RNAV and RNP Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5-7

Section 6. National Security and Interception Procedures


5-6-1. National Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6-1
5-6-2. National Security Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6-1
5-6-3. Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6-1
5-6-4. ADIZ Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6-2
5-6-5. Civil Aircraft Operations To or From U.S. Territorial Airspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6-3
5-6-6. Civil Aircraft Operations Within U.S. Territorial Airspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6-4
5-6-7. Civil Aircraft Operations Transiting U.S. Territorial Airspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6-5
5-6-8. Foreign State Aircraft Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6-6
5-6-9. FAA/TSA Airspace Waivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6-7
5-6-10. TSA Aviation Security Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6-7
5-6-11. FAA Flight Routing Authorizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6-7
5-6-12. Emergency Security Control of Air Traffic (ESCAT) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6-7
5-6-13. Interception Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6-8
5-6-14. Law Enforcement Operations by Civil and Military Organizations . . . . . . . . . 5-6-10
5-6-15. Interception Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6-11
5-6-16. ADIZ Boundaries and Designated Mountainous Areas (See FIG 5-6-3.) . . 5-6-13
5-6-17. Visual Warning System (VWS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6-14

Chapter 6. Emergency Procedures


Section 1. General
6-1-1. Pilot Responsibility and Authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1-1
6-1-2. Emergency Condition- Request Assistance Immediately . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1-1

Section 2. Emergency Services Available to Pilots


6-2-1. Radar Service for VFR Aircraft in Difficulty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2-1
6-2-2. Transponder Emergency Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2-1
6-2-3. Intercept and Escort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2-1
6-2-4. Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2-2
6-2-5. FAA K-9 Explosives Detection Team Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2-3
6-2-6. Search and Rescue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2-4

Section 3. Distress and Urgency Procedures


6-3-1. Distress and Urgency Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3-1
6-3-2. Obtaining Emergency Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3-1
6-3-3. Ditching Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3-3
6-3-4. Special Emergency (Air Piracy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3-6

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6-3-5. Fuel Dumping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3-7

Section 4. Two‐way Radio Communications Failure


6-4-1. Two‐way Radio Communications Failure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4-1
6-4-2. Transponder Operation During Two‐way Communications Failure . . . . . . . . . . 6-4-2
6-4-3. Reestablishing Radio Contact . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4-2

Section 5. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Communications


6-5-1. Discrete Emergency Frequency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5-1
6-5-2. Radio Call Signs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5-1
6-5-3. ARFF Emergency Hand Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5-1

Chapter 7. Safety of Flight

Section 1. Meteorology
7-1-1. National Weather Service Aviation Weather Service Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-1
7-1-2. FAA Weather Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-2
7-1-3. Use of Aviation Weather Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-2
7-1-4. Preflight Briefing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-5
7-1-5. Inflight Aviation Weather Advisories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-8
7-1-6. Categorical Outlooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-14
7-1-7. Telephone Information Briefing Service (TIBS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-15
7-1-8. Transcribed Weather Broadcast (TWEB) (Alaska Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-15
7-1-9. Inflight Weather Broadcasts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-15
7-1-10. Flight Information Services (FIS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-18
7-1-11. Weather Observing Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-22
7-1-12. Weather Radar Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-30
7-1-13. ATC Inflight Weather Avoidance Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-34
7-1-14. Runway Visual Range (RVR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-36
7-1-15. Reporting of Cloud Heights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-38
7-1-16. Reporting Prevailing Visibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-38
7-1-17. Estimating Intensity of Rain and Ice Pellets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-38
7-1-18. Estimating Intensity of Snow or Drizzle (Based on Visibility) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-39
7-1-19. Pilot Weather Reports (PIREPs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-39
7-1-20. PIREPs Relating to Airframe Icing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-40
7-1-21. Definitions of Inflight Icing Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-41
7-1-22. PIREPs Relating to Turbulence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-43
7-1-23. Wind Shear PIREPs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-44
7-1-24. Clear Air Turbulence (CAT) PIREPs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-44
7-1-25. Microbursts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-44
7-1-26. PIREPs Relating to Volcanic Ash Activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-55
7-1-27. Thunderstorms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-55
7-1-28. Thunderstorm Flying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-56
7-1-29. Key to Aerodrome Forecast (TAF) and Aviation Routine Weather
Report (METAR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1-58
7-1-30. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Weather Formats . . . . . . . 7-1-60

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Section 2. Altimeter Setting Procedures


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7-2-1. General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2-1
7-2-2. Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2-1
7-2-3. Altimeter Errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2-3
7-2-4. High Barometric Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2-4
7-2-5. Low Barometric Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2-4

Section 3. Wake Turbulence


7-3-1. General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3-1
7-3-2. Vortex Generation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3-1
7-3-3. Vortex Strength . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3-1
7-3-4. Vortex Behavior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3-2
7-3-5. Operations Problem Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3-5
7-3-6. Vortex Avoidance Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3-5
7-3-7. Helicopters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3-6
7-3-8. Pilot Responsibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3-6
7-3-9. Air Traffic Wake Turbulence Separations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3-7

Section 4. Bird Hazards and Flight Over National Refuges, Parks, and
Forests
7-4-1. Migratory Bird Activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-4-1
7-4-2. Reducing Bird Strike Risks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-4-1
7-4-3. Reporting Bird Strikes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-4-1
7-4-4. Reporting Bird and Other Wildlife Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-4-1
7-4-5. Pilot Advisories on Bird and Other Wildlife Hazards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-4-2
7-4-6. Flights Over Charted U.S. Wildlife Refuges, Parks, and Forest Service Areas . 7-4-2

Section 5. Potential Flight Hazards


7-5-1. Accident Cause Factors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5-1
7-5-2. VFR in Congested Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5-1
7-5-3. Obstructions To Flight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5-1
7-5-4. Avoid Flight Beneath Unmanned Balloons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5-2
7-5-5. Unmanned Aircraft Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5-2
7-5-6. Mountain Flying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5-3
7-5-7. Use of Runway Half-way Signs at Unimproved Airports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5-5
7-5-8. Seaplane Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5-6
7-5-9. Flight Operations in Volcanic Ash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5-7
7-5-10. Emergency Airborne Inspection of Other Aircraft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5-8
7-5-11. Precipitation Static . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5-9
7-5-12. Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation (Laser) Operations
and Reporting Illumination of Aircraft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5-10
7-5-13. Flying in Flat Light and White Out Conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5-11
7-5-14. Operations in Ground Icing Conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5-12
7-5-15. Avoid Flight in the Vicinity of Exhaust Plumes (Smoke Stacks and
Cooling Towers) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5-13

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Section 6. Safety, Accident, and Hazard Reports


Paragraph Page
7-6-1. Aviation Safety Reporting Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-6-1
7-6-2. Aircraft Accident and Incident Reporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-6-1
7-6-3. Near Midair Collision Reporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-6-2
7-6-4. Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-6-3
7-6-5. Safety Alerts For Operators (SAFO) and Information For Operators (InFO) . 7-6-3

Chapter 8. Medical Facts for Pilots


Section 1. Fitness for Flight
8-1-1. Fitness For Flight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1-1
8-1-2. Effects of Altitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1-3
8-1-3. Hyperventilation in Flight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1-5
8-1-4. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Flight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1-5
8-1-5. Illusions in Flight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1-5
8-1-6. Vision in Flight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1-6
8-1-7. Aerobatic Flight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1-8
8-1-8. Judgment Aspects of Collision Avoidance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1-8

Chapter 9. Aeronautical Charts and


Related Publications
Section 1. Types of Charts Available
9-1-1. General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-1-1
9-1-2. Obtaining Aeronautical Charts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-1-1
9-1-3. Selected Charts and Products Available . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-1-1
9-1-4. General Description of Each Chart Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-1-1
9-1-5. Where and How to Get Charts of Foreign Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-1-13

Chapter 10. Helicopter Operations


Section 1. Helicopter IFR Operations
10-1-1. Helicopter Flight Control Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-1-1
10-1-2. Helicopter Instrument Approaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-1-3
10-1-3. Helicopter Approach Procedures to VFR Heliports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-1-5
10-1-4. The Gulf of Mexico Grid System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-1-6

Section 2. Special Operations


10-2-1. Offshore Helicopter Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-2-1
10-2-2. Helicopter Night VFR Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-2-7
10-2-3. Landing Zone Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-2-10
10-2-4. Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Multiple Helicopter Operations . . . . . . . . 10-2-16

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Appendices
Paragraph Page
Appendix 1. Bird/Other Wildlife Strike Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Appendix 1-1
Appendix 2. Volcanic Activity Reporting Form (VAR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Appendix 2-1
Appendix 3. Abbreviations/Acronyms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Appendix 3-1

PILOT/CONTROLLER GLOSSARY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PCG-1


INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-1

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Chapter 1. Air Navigation


Section 1. Navigation Aids

1−1−1. General d. Radio beacons are subject to disturbances that


may result in erroneous bearing information. Such
a. Various types of air navigation aids are in use disturbances result from such factors as lightning,
today, each serving a special purpose. These aids have precipitation static, etc. At night, radio beacons are
varied owners and operators, namely: the Federal vulnerable to interference from distant stations.
Aviation Administration (FAA), the military ser- Nearly all disturbances which affect the Automatic
vices, private organizations, individual states and Direction Finder (ADF) bearing also affect the
foreign governments. The FAA has the statutory facility’s identification. Noisy identification usually
authority to establish, operate, maintain air naviga- occurs when the ADF needle is erratic. Voice, music
tion facilities and to prescribe standards for the or erroneous identification may be heard when a
operation of any of these aids which are used for steady false bearing is being displayed. Since ADF
instrument flight in federally controlled airspace. receivers do not have a “flag” to warn the pilot when
These aids are tabulated in the Chart Supplement U.S. erroneous bearing information is being displayed, the
pilot should continuously monitor the NDB’s
b. Pilots should be aware of the possibility of
identification.
momentary erroneous indications on cockpit displays
when the primary signal generator for a ground−
based navigational transmitter (for example, a 1−1−3. VHF Omni−directional Range (VOR)
glideslope, VOR, or nondirectional beacon) is a. VORs operate within the 108.0 to 117.95 MHz
inoperative. Pilots should disregard any navigation frequency band and have a power output necessary to
indication, regardless of its apparent validity, if the provide coverage within their assigned operational
particular transmitter was identified by NOTAM or service volume. They are subject to line−of−sight
otherwise as unusable or inoperative. restrictions, and the range varies proportionally to the
altitude of the receiving equipment.
1−1−2. Nondirectional Radio Beacon (NDB) NOTE−
Normal service ranges for the various classes of VORs are
a. A low or medium frequency radio beacon given in Navigational Aid (NAVAID) Service Volumes,
Paragraph 1−1−8.
transmits nondirectional signals whereby the pilot of
an aircraft properly equipped can determine bearings b. Most VORs are equipped for voice transmis-
and “home” on the station. These facilities normally sion on the VOR frequency. VORs without voice
operate in a frequency band of 190 to 535 kilohertz capability are indicated by the letter “W” (without
(kHz), according to ICAO Annex 10 the frequency voice) included in the class designator (VORW).
range for NDBs is between 190 and 1750 kHz, and c. The only positive method of identifying a VOR
transmit a continuous carrier with either 400 or is by its Morse Code identification or by the recorded
1020 hertz (Hz) modulation. All radio beacons automatic voice identification which is always
except the compass locators transmit a continuous indicated by use of the word “VOR” following the
three−letter identification in code except during voice range’s name. Reliance on determining the identifica-
transmissions. tion of an omnirange should never be placed on
b. When a radio beacon is used in conjunction with listening to voice transmissions by the Flight Service
the Instrument Landing System markers, it is called Station (FSS) (or approach control facility) involved.
a Compass Locator. Many FSSs remotely operate several omniranges
with different names. In some cases, none of the
c. Voice transmissions are made on radio beacons VORs have the name of the “parent” FSS. During
unless the letter “W” (without voice) is included in periods of maintenance, the facility may radiate a
the class designator (HW). T−E−S−T code (-   -) or the code may be

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removed. Some VOR equipment decodes the during a GNSS disruption. For those aircraft that do
identifier and displays it to the pilot for verification not carry DME/DME, the FAA is retaining a limited
to charts, while other equipment simply displays the network of VORs, called the VOR MON, to provide
expected identifier from a database to aid in a basic conventional navigation service for operators
verification to the audio tones. You should be familiar to use if GNSS becomes unavailable. During a GNSS
with your equipment and use it appropriately. If your disruption, the MON will enable aircraft to navigate
equipment automatically decodes the identifier, it is through the affected area or to a safe landing at a
not necessary to listen to the audio identification. MON airport without reliance on GNSS. Navigation
using the MON will not be as efficient as the new
d. Voice identification has been added to numer-
PBN route structure, but use of the MON will provide
ous VORs. The transmission consists of a voice
nearly continuous VOR signal coverage at 5,000 feet
announcement, “AIRVILLE VOR” alternating with
AGL across the NAS, outside of the Western U.S.
the usual Morse Code identification.
Mountainous Area (WUSMA).
e. The effectiveness of the VOR depends upon NOTE−
proper use and adjustment of both ground and There is no plan to change the NAVAID and route structure
airborne equipment. in the WUSMA.
1. Accuracy. The accuracy of course align- The VOR MON has been retained principally for IFR
ment of the VOR is excellent, being generally plus or aircraft that are not equipped with DME/DME
minus 1 degree. avionics. However, VFR aircraft may use the MON
as desired. Aircraft equipped with DME/DME
2. Roughness. On some VORs, minor course
navigation systems would, in most cases, use
roughness may be observed, evidenced by course
DME/DME to continue flight using RNAV to their
needle or brief flag alarm activity (some receivers are
destination. However, these aircraft may, of course,
more susceptible to these irregularities than others).
use the MON.
At a few stations, usually in mountainous terrain, the
pilot may occasionally observe a brief course needle 1. Distance to a MON airport. Within the
oscillation, similar to the indication of “approaching contiguous United States (CONUS), the VOR MON
station.” Pilots flying over unfamiliar routes are is designed to ensure that an airport that has an
cautioned to be on the alert for these vagaries, and in instrument approach that is not dependent on GPS,
particular, to use the “to/from” indicator to determine ADF, DME or radar within 100 NM of any location.
positive station passage. These airports are referred to as “MON airports” and
will have an ILS approach or a VOR approach if an
(a) Certain propeller revolutions per minute ILS is not available. VORs to support these
(RPM) settings or helicopter rotor speeds can cause approaches will be retained in the VOR MON. MON
the VOR Course Deviation Indicator to fluctuate as
airports are charted on low−altitude en route charts
much as plus or minus six degrees. Slight changes to and are contained in the Chart Supplement U.S. and
the RPM setting will normally smooth out this
other appropriate publications.
roughness. Pilots are urged to check for this
modulation phenomenon prior to reporting a VOR NOTE−
station or aircraft equipment for unsatisfactory Any suitable airport can be used to land in the event of a
VOR outage. For example, an airport with a DME−re-
operation.
quired ILS approach may be available and could be used
f. The VOR Minimum Operational Network by aircraft that are equipped with DME. The intent of the
(MON). As flight procedures and route structure MON airport is to provide an approach that can be used by
based on VORs are gradually being replaced with aircraft without ADF or DME when radar may not be
Performance−Based Navigation (PBN) procedures, available.
the FAA is removing selected VORs from service. 2. Navigating to an airport. The VOR MON
PBN procedures are primarily enabled by GPS and its will retain sufficient VORs and increase VOR service
augmentation systems, collectively referred to as volume to ensure that pilots will have nearly
Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Aircraft continuous signal reception of a VOR when flying at
that carry DME/DME equipment can also use RNAV 5,000 feet AGL. A key concept of the MON is to
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of an airport with an instrument approach that is not WAAS users flying under Part 91 are not required to
dependent on GPS. (See paragraph 1−1−8.) If the carry VOR avionics. These users do not have the
pilot encounters a GPS outage, the pilot will be able ability or requirement to use the VOR MON. Prudent
to proceed via VOR−to−VOR navigation at flight planning, by these WAAS−only aircraft, should
5,000 feet AGL through the GPS outage area or to a consider the possibility of a GPS outage.
safe landing at a MON airport or another suitable NOTE−
airport, as appropriate. Nearly all VORs inside of the The FAA recognizes that non−GPS−based approaches will
WUSMA and outside the CONUS are being retained. be reduced when VORs are eliminated, and that most
In these areas, pilots use the existing (Victor and Jet) airports with an instrument approach may only have GPS−
route structure and VORs to proceed through a GPS or WAAS−based approaches. Pilots flying GPS− or
outage or to a landing. WAAS−equipped aircraft that also have VOR/ILS avionics
should be diligent to maintain proficiency in VOR and ILS
3. Using the VOR MON. approaches in the event of a GPS outage.
(a) In the case of a planned GPS outage (for
1−1−4. VOR Receiver Check
example, one that is in a published NOTAM), pilots
may plan to fly through the outage using the MON as a. The FAA VOR test facility (VOT) transmits a
appropriate and as cleared by ATC. Similarly, aircraft test signal which provides users a convenient means
not equipped with GPS may plan to fly and land using to determine the operational status and accuracy of a
the MON, as appropriate and as cleared by ATC. VOR receiver while on the ground where a VOT is
NOTE− located. The airborne use of VOT is permitted;
In many cases, flying using the MON may involve a more however, its use is strictly limited to those
circuitous route than flying GPS−enabled RNAV. areas/altitudes specifically authorized in the Chart
Supplement U.S. or appropriate supplement.
(b) In the case of an unscheduled GPS outage,
pilots and ATC will need to coordinate the best b. To use the VOT service, tune in the VOT
outcome for all aircraft. It is possible that a GPS frequency on your VOR receiver. With the Course
outage could be disruptive, causing high workload Deviation Indicator (CDI) centered, the omni−bear-
and demand for ATC service. Generally, the VOR ing selector should read 0 degrees with the to/from
MON concept will enable pilots to navigate through indication showing “from” or the omni−bearing
the GPS outage or land at a MON airport or at another selector should read 180 degrees with the to/from
airport that may have an appropriate approach or may indication showing “to.” Should the VOR receiver
be in visual conditions. operate an RMI (Radio Magnetic Indicator), it will
indicate 180 degrees on any omni−bearing selector
(1) The VOR MON is a reversionary (OBS) setting. Two means of identification are used.
service provided by the FAA for use by aircraft that One is a series of dots and the other is a continuous
are unable to continue RNAV during a GPS tone. Information concerning an individual test signal
disruption. The FAA has not mandated that preflight can be obtained from the local FSS.
or inflight planning include provisions for GPS− or
WAAS−equipped aircraft to carry sufficient fuel to c. Periodic VOR receiver calibration is most
proceed to a MON airport in case of an unforeseen important. If a receiver’s Automatic Gain Control or
GPS outage. Specifically, flying to a MON airport as modulation circuit deteriorates, it is possible for it to
a filed alternate will not be explicitly required. Of display acceptable accuracy and sensitivity close into
course, consideration for the possibility of a GPS the VOR or VOT and display out−of−tolerance
outage is prudent during flight planning as is readings when located at greater distances where
maintaining proficiency with VOR navigation. weaker signal areas exist. The likelihood of this
deterioration varies between receivers, and is
(2) Also, in case of a GPS outage, pilots generally considered a function of time. The best
may coordinate with ATC and elect to continue assurance of having an accurate receiver is periodic
through the outage or land. The VOR MON is calibration. Yearly intervals are recommended at
designed to ensure that an aircraft is within 100 NM which time an authorized repair facility should
of an airport, but pilots may decide to proceed to any recalibrate the receiver to the manufacturer’s
appropriate airport where a landing can be made. specifications.

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d. Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR Sec- CAUTION−


tion 91.171) provides for certain VOR equipment No correction other than the correction card figures
accuracy checks prior to flight under instrument supplied by the manufacturer should be applied in
flight rules. To comply with this requirement and to making these VOR receiver checks.
ensure satisfactory operation of the airborne system, 2. Locations of airborne check points, ground
the FAA has provided pilots with the following means check points and VOTs are published in the Chart
of checking VOR receiver accuracy: Supplement U.S.
1. VOT or a radiated test signal from an 3. If a dual system VOR (units independent of
appropriately rated radio repair station. each other except for the antenna) is installed in the
aircraft, one system may be checked against the other.
2. Certified airborne check points. Turn both systems to the same VOR ground facility
3. Certified check points on the airport surface. and note the indicated bearing to that station. The
maximum permissible variations between the two
e. A radiated VOT from an appropriately rated indicated bearings is 4 degrees.
radio repair station serves the same purpose as an
FAA VOR signal and the check is made in much the 1−1−5. Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN)
same manner as a VOT with the following
a. For reasons peculiar to military or naval
differences:
operations (unusual siting conditions, the pitching
1. The frequency normally approved by the and rolling of a naval vessel, etc.) the civil
Federal Communications Commission is VOR/Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) system
108.0 MHz. of air navigation was considered unsuitable for
military or naval use. A new navigational system,
2. Repair stations are not permitted to radiate the TACAN, was therefore developed by the military and
VOR test signal continuously; consequently, the naval forces to more readily lend itself to military and
owner or operator must make arrangements with the naval requirements. As a result, the FAA has
repair station to have the test signal transmitted. This integrated TACAN facilities with the civil VOR/
service is not provided by all radio repair stations. DME program. Although the theoretical, or technical
The aircraft owner or operator must determine which principles of operation of TACAN equipment are
repair station in the local area provides this service. quite different from those of VOR/DME facilities, the
A representative of the repair station must make an end result, as far as the navigating pilot is concerned,
entry into the aircraft logbook or other permanent is the same. These integrated facilities are called
record certifying to the radial accuracy and the date VORTACs.
of transmission. The owner, operator or representat-
ive of the repair station may accomplish the necessary b. TACAN ground equipment consists of either a
checks in the aircraft and make a logbook entry fixed or mobile transmitting unit. The airborne unit in
stating the results. It is necessary to verify which test conjunction with the ground unit reduces the
radial is being transmitted and whether you should transmitted signal to a visual presentation of both
get a “to” or “from” indication. azimuth and distance information. TACAN is a pulse
system and operates in the Ultrahigh Frequency
f. Airborne and ground check points consist of (UHF) band of frequencies. Its use requires TACAN
certified radials that should be received at specific airborne equipment and does not operate through
points on the airport surface or over specific conventional VOR equipment.
landmarks while airborne in the immediate vicinity of
the airport. 1−1−6. VHF Omni−directional
Range/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC)
1. Should an error in excess of plus or minus
4 degrees be indicated through use of a ground check, a. A VORTAC is a facility consisting of two
or plus or minus 6 degrees using the airborne check, components, VOR and TACAN, which provides
Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight must not be three individual services: VOR azimuth, TACAN
attempted without first correcting the source of the azimuth and TACAN distance (DME) at one site.
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incorporating more than one operating frequency, receiving equipment which provides for automatic
and using more than one antenna system, a VORTAC DME selection assures reception of azimuth and
is considered to be a unified navigational aid. Both distance information from a common source when
components of a VORTAC are envisioned as designated VOR/DME, VORTAC, ILS/DME, and
operating simultaneously and providing the three LOC/DME are selected.
services at all times. e. Due to the limited number of available
b. Transmitted signals of VOR and TACAN are frequencies, assignment of paired frequencies is
each identified by three−letter code transmission and required for certain military noncollocated VOR and
are interlocked so that pilots using VOR azimuth with TACAN facilities which serve the same area but
TACAN distance can be assured that both signals which may be separated by distances up to a few
being received are definitely from the same ground miles.
station. The frequency channels of the VOR and the f. VOR/DME, VORTAC, ILS/DME, and LOC/
TACAN at each VORTAC facility are “paired” in DME facilities are identified by synchronized
accordance with a national plan to simplify airborne identifications which are transmitted on a time share
operation. basis. The VOR or localizer portion of the facility is
identified by a coded tone modulated at 1020 Hz or
1−1−7. Distance Measuring Equipment a combination of code and voice. The TACAN or
(DME) DME is identified by a coded tone modulated at
1350 Hz. The DME or TACAN coded identification
a. In the operation of DME, paired pulses at a is transmitted one time for each three or four times
specific spacing are sent out from the aircraft (this is that the VOR or localizer coded identification is
the interrogation) and are received at the ground transmitted. When either the VOR or the DME is
station. The ground station (transponder) then inoperative, it is important to recognize which
transmits paired pulses back to the aircraft at the same identifier is retained for the operative facility. A
pulse spacing but on a different frequency. The time single coded identification with a repetition interval
required for the round trip of this signal exchange is of approximately 30 seconds indicates that the DME
measured in the airborne DME unit and is translated is operative.
into distance (nautical miles) from the aircraft to the
ground station. g. Aircraft equipment which provides for auto-
matic DME selection assures reception of azimuth
b. Operating on the line−of−sight principle, DME and distance information from a common source
furnishes distance information with a very high when designated VOR/DME, VORTAC and ILS/
degree of accuracy. Reliable signals may be received DME navigation facilities are selected. Pilots are
at distances up to 199 NM at line−of−sight altitude cautioned to disregard any distance displays from
with an accuracy of better than 1/2 mile or 3 percent automatically selected DME equipment when VOR
of the distance, whichever is greater. Distance or ILS facilities, which do not have the DME feature
information received from DME equipment is installed, are being used for position determination.
SLANT RANGE distance and not actual horizontal
distance. 1−1−8. Navigational Aid (NAVAID) Service
c. Operating frequency range of a DME according Volumes
to ICAO Annex 10 is from 960 MHz to 1215 MHz. a. Most air navigation radio aids which provide
Aircraft equipped with TACAN equipment will positive course guidance have a designated standard
receive distance information from a VORTAC service volume (SSV). The SSV defines the reception
automatically, while aircraft equipped with VOR limits of unrestricted NAVAIDs which are usable for
must have a separate DME airborne unit. random/unpublished route navigation.
d. VOR/DME, VORTAC, Instrument Landing b. A NAVAID will be classified as restricted if it
System (ILS)/DME, and localizer (LOC)/DME does not conform to flight inspection signal strength
navigation facilities established by the FAA provide and course quality standards throughout the
course and distance information from collocated published SSV. However, the NAVAID should not be
components under a frequency pairing plan. Aircraft considered usable at altitudes below that which could

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be flown while operating under random route IFR FIG 1−1−2


conditions (14 CFR Section 91.177), even though Standard Low Altitude Service Volume
these altitudes may lie within the designated SSV. (See FIG 1−1−5 for altitudes below 1,000 feet).
Service volume restrictions are first published in
Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) and then with the
alphabetical listing of the NAVAIDs in the Chart
Supplement U.S. 40 NM

c. Standard Service Volume limitations do not 18,000 ft.


apply to published IFR routes or procedures.
d. VOR/DME/TACAN Standard Service Vol-
umes (SSV).
1. Standard service volumes (SSVs) are graphi-
cally shown in FIG 1−1−1, FIG 1−1−2, FIG 1−1−3,
FIG 1−1−4, and FIG 1−1−5. The SSV of a station is
indicated by using the class designator as a prefix to
the station type designation. 1,000 ft.
EXAMPLE−
TVOR, LDME, and HVORTAC.
FIG 1−1−1
Standard High Altitude Service Volume
(See FIG 1−1−5 for altitudes below 1,000 feet).
NOTE: All elevations shown are with respect
to the station’s site elevation (AGL).
100 NM Coverage is not available in a cone of
60,000 ft. airspace directly above the facility.

130 NM

45,000 ft. 2. Within 25 NM, the bottom of the T service


volume is defined by the curve in FIG 1−1−4. Within
40 NM, the bottoms of the L and H service volumes
are defined by the curve in FIG 1−1−5. (See
TBL 1−1−1.)
18,000 ft.
e. Nondirectional Radio Beacon (NDB)
14,500 ft.
1. NDBs are classified according to their
intended use.

2. The ranges of NDB service volumes are


1,000 ft. 40 NM
shown in TBL 1−1−2. The distances (radius) are the
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TBL 1−1−1
VOR/DME/TACAN Standard Service Volumes
SSV Class Designator Altitude and Range Boundaries
T (Terminal) . . . . . . . . From 1,000 feet above ground level (AGL) up to and including 12,000 feet AGL at radial distances out
to 25 NM.
L (Low Altitude) . . . . From 1,000 feet AGL up to and including 18,000 feet AGL at radial distances out to 40 NM.
H (High Altitude) . . . . From 1,000 feet AGL up to and including 14,500 feet AGL at radial distances out to 40 NM. From
14,500 AGL up to and including 60,000 feet at radial distances out to 100 NM. From 18,000 feet AGL
up to and including 45,000 feet AGL at radial distances out to 130 NM.

TBL 1−1−2
NDB Service Volumes
Class Distance (Radius)
Compass Locator 15 NM
MH 25 NM
H 50 NM*
HH 75 NM
*Service ranges of individual facilities may be less than 50 nautical miles (NM). Restrictions to service
volumes are first published as a Notice to Airmen and then with the alphabetical listing of the NAVAID in
the Chart Supplement U.S.

FIG 1−1−3
Standard Terminal Service Volume
(See FIG 1−1−4 for altitudes below 1,000 feet).

25 NM

12,000 ft.

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FIG 1−1−4
Service Volume Lower Edge Terminal

1000
ALTITUDE IN FEET

500

0
0 5 10 15 20 25

DISTANCE TO THE STATION IN NM

FIG 1−1−5
Service Volume Lower Edge
Standard High and Low

1000
ALTITUDE IN FEET

500

0
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
DISTANCE TO THE STATION IN NM

1−1−9. Instrument Landing System (ILS) 3. The system may be divided functionally into
three parts:
a. General (a) Guidance information: localizer, glide
slope;
1. The ILS is designed to provide an approach
path for exact alignment and descent of an aircraft on (b) Range information: marker beacon,
final approach to a runway. DME; and
(c) Visual information: approach lights,
2. The ground equipment consists of two highly
touchdown and centerline lights, runway lights.
directional transmitting systems and, along the
approach, three (or fewer) marker beacons. The 4. Precision radar, or compass locators located
directional transmitters are known as the localizer at the Outer Marker (OM) or Middle Marker (MM),
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specified in the procedure, may be substituted for the (a) To 10 degrees either side of the course
OM. along a radius of 18 NM from the antenna; and
5. Where a complete ILS system is installed on (b) From 10 to 35 degrees either side of the
each end of a runway; (i.e., the approach end of course along a radius of 10 NM. (See FIG 1−1−6.)
Runway 4 and the approach end of Runway 22) the FIG 1−1−6
ILS systems are not in service simultaneously. Limits of Localizer Coverage

b. Localizer
°
35
1. The localizer transmitter operates on one of
40 ILS channels within the frequency range of 10°
108.10 to 111.95 MHz. Signals provide the pilot with
course guidance to the runway centerline.

0 NM

8 NM
RUNWAY

110

118
2. The approach course of the localizer is called LOCALIZER
ANTENNA

the front course and is used with other functional 10°

parts, e.g., glide slope, marker beacons, etc. The NORMAL LIMITS OF LOCALIZER
localizer signal is transmitted at the far end of the 35
°
COVERAGE: THE SAME AREA
APPLIES TO A BACK COURSE
runway. It is adjusted for a course width of (full scale WHEN PROVIDED.

fly−left to a full scale fly−right) of 700 feet at the


runway threshold.
6. Unreliable signals may be received outside
3. The course line along the extended centerline these areas.
of a runway, in the opposite direction to the front c. Localizer Type Directional Aid (LDA)
course is called the back course.
1. The LDA is of comparable use and accuracy
CAUTION− to a localizer but is not part of a complete ILS. The
Unless the aircraft’s ILS equipment includes reverse LDA course usually provides a more precise
sensing capability, when flying inbound on the back approach course than the similar Simplified
course it is necessary to steer the aircraft in the direction
Directional Facility (SDF) installation, which may
opposite the needle deflection when making corrections
have a course width of 6 or 12 degrees.
from off−course to on−course. This “flying away from the
needle” is also required when flying outbound on the 2. The LDA is not aligned with the runway.
front course of the localizer. Do not use back course Straight−in minimums may be published where
signals for approach unless a back course approach alignment does not exceed 30 degrees between the
procedure is published for that particular runway and the course and runway. Circling minimums only are
approach is authorized by ATC. published where this alignment exceeds 30 degrees.
4. Identification is in International Morse Code 3. A very limited number of LDA approaches
and consists of a three−letter identifier preceded by also incorporate a glideslope. These are annotated in
the letter I (  ) transmitted on the localizer the plan view of the instrument approach chart with
frequency. a note, “LDA/Glideslope.” These procedures fall
under a newly defined category of approaches called
EXAMPLE−
Approach with Vertical Guidance (APV) described in
I−DIA
paragraph 5−4−5, Instrument Approach Procedure
5. The localizer provides course guidance Charts, subparagraph a7(b), Approach with Vertical
throughout the descent path to the runway threshold Guidance (APV). LDA minima for with and without
from a distance of 18 NM from the antenna between glideslope is provided and annotated on the minima
an altitude of 1,000 feet above the highest terrain lines of the approach chart as S−LDA/GS and
along the course line and 4,500 feet above the S−LDA. Because the final approach course is not
elevation of the antenna site. Proper off−course aligned with the runway centerline, additional
indications are provided throughout the following maneuvering will be required compared to an ILS
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d. Glide Slope/Glide Path actual glide path on−course indication above the
runway threshold. It is used as a reference for
1. The UHF glide slope transmitter, operating
planning purposes which represents the height above
on one of the 40 ILS channels within the frequency
the runway threshold that an aircraft’s glide slope
range 329.15 MHz, to 335.00 MHz radiates its signals
antenna should be, if that aircraft remains on a
in the direction of the localizer front course. The term
trajectory formed by the four−mile−to−middle
“glide path” means that portion of the glide slope that
marker glidepath segment.
intersects the localizer.
7. Pilots must be aware of the vertical height
CAUTION−
False glide slope signals may exist in the area of the
between the aircraft’s glide slope antenna and the
localizer back course approach which can cause the glide main gear in the landing configuration and, at the DH,
slope flag alarm to disappear and present unreliable glide plan to adjust the descent angle accordingly if the
slope information. Disregard all glide slope signal published TCH indicates the wheel crossing height
indications when making a localizer back course over the runway threshold may not be satisfactory.
approach unless a glide slope is specified on the approach Tests indicate a comfortable wheel crossing height is
and landing chart. approximately 20 to 30 feet, depending on the type of
aircraft.
2. The glide slope transmitter is located between
750 feet and 1,250 feet from the approach end of the NOTE−
runway (down the runway) and offset 250 to 650 feet The TCH for a runway is established based on several
factors including the largest aircraft category that
from the runway centerline. It transmits a glide path
normally uses the runway, how airport layout affects the
beam 1.4 degrees wide (vertically). The signal glide slope antenna placement, and terrain. A higher than
provides descent information for navigation down to optimum TCH, with the same glide path angle, may cause
the lowest authorized decision height (DH) specified the aircraft to touch down further from the threshold if the
in the approved ILS approach procedure. The trajectory of the approach is maintained until the flare.
glidepath may not be suitable for navigation below Pilots should consider the effect of a high TCH on the
the lowest authorized DH and any reference to runway available for stopping the aircraft.
glidepath indications below that height must be e. Distance Measuring Equipment (DME)
supplemented by visual reference to the runway
environment. Glidepaths with no published DH are 1. When installed with the ILS and specified in
usable to runway threshold. the approach procedure, DME may be used:
(a) In lieu of the OM;
3. The glide path projection angle is normally
adjusted to 3 degrees above horizontal so that it (b) As a back course (BC) final approach fix
intersects the MM at about 200 feet and the OM at (FAF); and
about 1,400 feet above the runway elevation. The (c) To establish other fixes on the localizer
glide slope is normally usable to the distance of course.
10 NM. However, at some locations, the glide slope
has been certified for an extended service volume 2. In some cases, DME from a separate facility
which exceeds 10 NM. may be used within Terminal Instrument Procedures
(TERPS) limitations:
4. Pilots must be alert when approaching the
glidepath interception. False courses and reverse (a) To provide ARC initial approach seg-
sensing will occur at angles considerably greater than ments;
the published path. (b) As a FAF for BC approaches; and
5. Make every effort to remain on the indicated (c) As a substitute for the OM.
glide path. f. Marker Beacon
CAUTION− 1. ILS marker beacons have a rated power
Avoid flying below the glide path to assure output of 3 watts or less and an antenna array
obstacle/terrain clearance is maintained.
designed to produce an elliptical pattern with
6. The published glide slope threshold crossing dimensions, at 1,000 feet above the antenna, of
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length. Airborne marker beacon receivers with a the middle locator transmits the last two letters of the
selective sensitivity feature should always be localizer identification group.
operated in the “low” sensitivity position for proper
h. ILS Frequency (See TBL 1−1−4.)
reception of ILS marker beacons.
2. Ordinarily, there are two marker beacons TBL 1−1−4
associated with an ILS, the OM and MM. Locations Frequency Pairs Allocated for ILS
with a Category II ILS also have an Inner Localizer MHz Glide Slope
Marker (IM). When an aircraft passes over a marker, 108.10 334.70
the pilot will receive the indications shown in 108.15 334.55
TBL 1−1−3. 108.3 334.10
108.35 333.95
(a) The OM normally indicates a position at
108.5 329.90
which an aircraft at the appropriate altitude on the
108.55 329.75
localizer course will intercept the ILS glide path.
108.7 330.50
(b) The MM indicates a position approxi- 108.75 330.35
mately 3,500 feet from the landing threshold. This is 108.9 329.30
also the position where an aircraft on the glide path 108.95 329.15
will be at an altitude of approximately 200 feet above 109.1 331.40
the elevation of the touchdown zone. 109.15 331.25
109.3 332.00
(c) The IM will indicate a point at which an
109.35 331.85
aircraft is at a designated decision height (DH) on the
109.50 332.60
glide path between the MM and landing threshold.
109.55 332.45
TBL 1−1−3 109.70 333.20
Marker Passage Indications 109.75 333.05
109.90 333.80
Marker Code Light
109.95 333.65
OM    BLUE 110.1 334.40
MM     AMBER 110.15 334.25
IM     WHITE 110.3 335.00
BC     WHITE 110.35 334.85
110.5 329.60
3. A back course marker normally indicates the 110.55 329.45
ILS back course final approach fix where approach Localizer MHz Glide Slope
descent is commenced. 110.70 330.20
g. Compass Locator 110.75 330.05
110.90 330.80
1. Compass locator transmitters are often 110.95 330.65
situated at the MM and OM sites. The transmitters 111.10 331.70
have a power of less than 25 watts, a range of at least 111.15 331.55
15 miles and operate between 190 and 535 kHz. At 111.30 332.30
some locations, higher powered radio beacons, up to 111.35 332.15
400 watts, are used as OM compass locators. These 111.50 332.9
generally carry Transcribed Weather Broadcast 111.55 332.75
(TWEB) information. 111.70 333.5
2. Compass locators transmit two letter identi- 111.75 333.35
fication groups. The outer locator transmits the first 111.90 331.1
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i. ILS Minimums either surface vehicles, aircraft or both. ILS


CRITICAL AREAS are established near each
1. The lowest authorized ILS minimums, with
localizer and glide slope antenna.
all required ground and airborne systems components
operative, are: 2. ATC issues control instructions to avoid
(a) Category I. Decision Height (DH) interfering operations within ILS critical areas at
200 feet and Runway Visual Range (RVR) 2,400 feet controlled airports during the hours the Airport
(with touchdown zone and centerline lighting, RVR Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) is in operation as
1,800 feet), or (with Autopilot or FD or HUD, RVR follows:
1,800 feet); (a) Weather Conditions. Less than ceiling
(b) Special Authorization Category I. 800 feet and/or visibility 2 miles.
DH 150 feet and Runway Visual Range (RVR) 1,400 (1) Localizer Critical Area. Except for
feet, HUD to DH; aircraft that land, exit a runway, depart, or execute a
(c) Category II. DH 100 feet and RVR 1,200 missed approach, vehicles and aircraft are not
feet (with autoland or HUD to touchdown and noted authorized in or over the critical area when an arriving
on authorization, RVR 1,000 feet); aircraft is inside the outer marker (OM) or the fix
used in lieu of the OM. Additionally, when conditions
(d) Special Authorization Category II with are less than reported ceiling 200 feet or RVR less
Reduced Lighting. DH 100 feet and RVR 1,200 feet than 2,000 feet, do not authorize vehicles or aircraft
with autoland or HUD to touchdown and noted on operations in or over the area when an arriving
authorization (touchdown zone, centerline lighting, aircraft is inside the MM, or in the absence of a MM,
and ALSF−2 are not required); ½ mile final.
(e) Category IIIa. No DH or DH below 100
(2) Glide Slope Critical Area. Do not
feet and RVR not less than 700 feet;
authorize vehicles or aircraft operations in or over the
(f) Category IIIb. No DH or DH below 50 area when an arriving aircraft is inside the ILS outer
feet and RVR less than 700 feet but not less than 150 marker (OM), or the fix used in lieu of the OM, unless
feet; and the arriving aircraft has reported the runway in sight
(g) Category IIIc. No DH and no RVR and is circling or side−stepping to land on another
limitation. runway.

NOTE− (b) Weather Conditions. At or above ceil-


Special authorization and equipment required for ing 800 feet and/or visibility 2 miles.
Categories II and III.
(1) No critical area protective action is
j. Inoperative ILS Components provided under these conditions.
1. Inoperative localizer. When the localizer (2) A flight crew, under these conditions,
fails, an ILS approach is not authorized. should advise the tower that it will conduct an
2. Inoperative glide slope. When the glide AUTOLAND or COUPLED approach.
slope fails, the ILS reverts to a non−precision EXAMPLE−
localizer approach. Denver Tower, United 1153, Request Autoland/Coupled
REFERENCE−
Approach (runway)
See the inoperative component table in the U.S. Government Terminal ATC replies with:
Procedures Publication (TPP), for adjustments to minimums due to United 1153, Denver Tower, Roger, Critical Areas not
inoperative airborne or ground system equipment. protected.
k. ILS Course Distortion
3. Aircraft holding below 5,000 feet between
1. All pilots should be aware that disturbances to the outer marker and the airport may cause localizer
ILS localizer and glide slope courses may occur when signal variations for aircraft conducting the ILS
surface vehicles or aircraft are operated near the approach. Accordingly, such holding is not author-
localizer or glide slope antennas. Most ILS ized when weather or visibility conditions are less
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4. Pilots are cautioned that vehicular traffic not c. The approach techniques and procedures used
subject to ATC may cause momentary deviation to in an SDF instrument approach are essentially the
ILS course or glide slope signals. Also, critical areas same as those employed in executing a standard
are not protected at uncontrolled airports or at airports localizer approach except the SDF course may not be
with an operating control tower when weather or aligned with the runway and the course may be wider,
visibility conditions are above those requiring resulting in less precision.
protective measures. Aircraft conducting coupled or
d. Usable off−course indications are limited to
autoland operations should be especially alert in
35 degrees either side of the course centerline.
monitoring automatic flight control systems.
Instrument indications received beyond 35 degrees
(See FIG 1−1−7.)
should be disregarded.
NOTE− e. The SDF antenna may be offset from the runway
Unless otherwise coordinated through Flight Standards,
centerline. Because of this, the angle of convergence
ILS signals to Category I runways are not flight inspected
below the point that is 100 feet less than the decision
between the final approach course and the runway
altitude (DA). Guidance signal anomalies may be bearing should be determined by reference to the
encountered below this altitude. instrument approach procedure chart. This angle is
generally not more than 3 degrees. However, it should
be noted that inasmuch as the approach course
1−1−10. Simplified Directional Facility originates at the antenna site, an approach which is
(SDF) continued beyond the runway threshold will lead the
aircraft to the SDF offset position rather than along
a. The SDF provides a final approach course the runway centerline.
similar to that of the ILS localizer. It does not provide f. The SDF signal is fixed at either 6 degrees or
glide slope information. A clear understanding of the 12 degrees as necessary to provide maximum
ILS localizer and the additional factors listed below flyability and optimum course quality.
completely describe the operational characteristics
and use of the SDF. g. Identification consists of a three−letter identifi-
er transmitted in Morse Code on the SDF frequency.
b. The SDF transmits signals within the range of The appropriate instrument approach chart will
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1−1−11. NAVAID Identifier Removal During detection by the ground monitors. Some of the
Maintenance characteristics of malfunction or deteriorating
performance which should be reported are: erratic
During periods of routine or emergency maintenance, course or bearing indications; intermittent, or full,
coded identification (or code and voice, where flag alarm; garbled, missing or obviously improper
applicable) is removed from certain FAA NAVAIDs. coded identification; poor quality communications
Removal of identification serves as a warning to reception; or, in the case of frequency interference, an
pilots that the facility is officially off the air for audible hum or tone accompanying radio communi-
tune−up or repair and may be unreliable even though cations or NAVAID identification. GNSS problems
intermittent or constant signals are received. are often characterized by navigation degradation or
NOTE− service loss indications. For instance, pilots conduct-
During periods of maintenance VHF ranges may radiate ing operations in areas where there is GNSS
a T−E−S−T code (- D DDD -). interference may be unable to use GPS for navigation,
NOTE− and ADS−B may be unavailable for surveillance.
DO NOT attempt to fly a procedure that is NOTAMed out Radio frequency interference may affect both
of service even if the identification is present. In certain navigation for the pilot and surveillance by the air
cases, the identification may be transmitted for short traffic controller. Depending on the equipment and
periods as part of the testing. integration, either an advisory light or message may
alert the pilot. Air traffic controllers monitoring
1−1−12. NAVAIDs with Voice ADS−B reports may stop receiving ADS−B position
messages and associated aircraft tracks.
a. Voice equipped en route radio navigational aids
are under the operational control of either a Flight In addition, malfunctioning, faulty, inappropriately
Service Station (FSS) or an approach control facility. installed, operated, or modified GPS re−radiator
The voice communication is available on some systems, intended to be used for aircraft maintenance
facilities. Hazardous Inflight Weather Advisory activities, have resulted in unintentional disruption
Service (HIWAS) broadcast capability is available on of aviation GNSS receivers. This type of disruption
selected VOR sites throughout the conterminous U.S. could result in un−flagged, erroneous position
and does not provide two-way voice communication. information output to primary flight displays/indica-
The availability of two-way voice communication tors and to other aircraft and air traffic control
and HIWAS is indicated in the Chart Supplement systems. Since receiver autonomous integrity
U.S. and aeronautical charts. monitoring (RAIM) is only partially effective against
b. Unless otherwise noted on the chart, all radio this type of disruption (effectively a “signal
navigation aids operate continuously except during spoofing”), the pilot may not be aware of any
shutdowns for maintenance. Hours of operation of erroneous navigation indications; ATC may be the
facilities not operating continuously are annotated on only means available for identification of these
charts and in the Chart Supplement U.S. disruptions and detect unexpected aircraft position
while monitoring aircraft for IFR separation.

1−1−13. User Reports Requested on b. Pilots reporting potential interference should


NAVAID or Global Navigation Satellite identify the NAVAID (for example, VOR) malfunc-
System (GNSS) Performance or tion or GNSS problem, location of the aircraft (that is,
Interference latitude, longitude or bearing/distance from a
reference NAVAID), magnetic heading, altitude, date
a. Users of the National Airspace System (NAS) and time of the observation, type of aircraft
can render valuable assistance in the early correction (make/model/call sign), and description of the
of NAVAID malfunctions or GNSS problems and are condition observed, and the type of receivers in use
encouraged to report their observations of undesir- (that is, make/model/software revision). Reports can
able avionics performance. Although NAVAIDs are be made in any of the following ways:
monitored by electronic detectors, adverse effects of
electronic interference, new obstructions, or changes 1. Immediately, by voice radio communication
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2. By telephone to the nearest ATC facility weather radar and autopilot, but do not directly
controlling the airspace where the disruption was compute position information.
experienced. d. Aircraft equipped with slaved compass systems
3. Additionally, GNSS problems may be may be susceptible to heading errors caused by
reported by Internet via the GPS Anomaly Reporting exposure to magnetic field disturbances (flux fields)
Form at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/nas/ found in materials that are commonly located on the
gps_reports/. surface or buried under taxiways and ramps. These
materials generate a magnetic flux field that can be
c. In aircraft equipped with more than one avionics sensed by the aircraft’s compass system flux detector
receiver, there are many combinations of potential or “gate”, which can cause the aircraft’s system to
interference between units that could cause align with the material’s magnetic field rather than
erroneous navigation indications, or complete or the earth’s natural magnetic field. The system’s
partial blanking out of the display. erroneous heading may not self-correct. Prior to take
NOTE− off pilots should be aware that a heading
GPS interference or outages associated with known misalignment may have occurred during taxi. Pilots
testing NOTAMs should not be reported to ATC. are encouraged to follow the manufacturer’s or other
appropriate procedures to correct possible heading
1−1−14. LORAN misalignment before take off is commenced.

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NOTE−
In accordance with the 2010 DHS Appropriations Act, the Doppler Radar is a semiautomatic self−contained
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) terminated the transmission of dead reckoning navigation system (radar sensor plus
all U.S. LORAN−C signals on 08 Feb 2010. The USCG also computer) which is not continuously dependent on
terminated the transmission of the Russian American information derived from ground based or external
signals on 01 Aug 2010, and the Canadian LORAN−C
aids. The system employs radar signals to detect and
signals on 03 Aug 2010. For more information, visit
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov. Operators should also note
measure ground speed and drift angle, using the
that TSO−C60b, AIRBORNE AREA NAVIGATION aircraft compass system as its directional reference.
EQUIPMENT USING LORAN−C INPUTS, has been Doppler is less accurate than INS, however, and the
canceled by the FAA. use of an external reference is required for periodic
updates if acceptable position accuracy is to be
achieved on long range flights.
1−1−15. Inertial Reference Unit (IRU),
Inertial Navigation System (INS), and
Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) 1−1−17. Global Positioning System (GPS)

a. IRUs are self−contained systems comprised of a. System Overview


gyros and accelerometers that provide aircraft 1. System Description. The Global Positioning
attitude (pitch, roll, and heading), position, and System is a space-based radio navigation system
velocity information in response to signals resulting used to determine precise position anywhere in the
from inertial effects on system components. Once world. The 24 satellite constellation is designed to
aligned with a known position, IRUs continuously ensure at least five satellites are always visible to a
calculate position and velocity. IRU position user worldwide. A minimum of four satellites is
accuracy decays with time. This degradation is necessary for receivers to establish an accurate
known as “drift.” three−dimensional position. The receiver uses data
from satellites above the mask angle (the lowest
b. INSs combine the components of an IRU with
angle above the horizon at which a receiver can use
an internal navigation computer. By programming a
a satellite). The Department of Defense (DOD) is
series of waypoints, these systems will navigate along
responsible for operating the GPS satellite constella-
a predetermined track.
tion and monitors the GPS satellites to ensure proper
c. AHRSs are electronic devices that provide operation. Each satellite’s orbital parameters (eph-
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part of the data message embedded in the GPS signal. baro−aiding. This allows the GPS receiver to isolate
The GPS coordinate system is the Cartesian the corrupt satellite signal, remove it from the
earth−centered, earth−fixed coordinates as specified position solution, and still provide an integrity-as-
in the World Geodetic System 1984 (WGS−84). sured position. To ensure that baro−aiding is
available, enter the current altimeter setting into the
2. System Availability and Reliability. receiver as described in the operating manual. Do not
(a) The status of GPS satellites is broadcast as use the GPS derived altitude due to the large GPS
part of the data message transmitted by the GPS vertical errors that will make the integrity monitoring
satellites. GPS status information is also available by function invalid.
means of the U.S. Coast Guard navigation (b) There are generally two types of RAIM
information service: (703) 313−5907, Internet: fault messages. The first type of message indicates
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/. Additionally, satel- that there are not enough satellites available to
lite status is available through the Notice to Airmen provide RAIM integrity monitoring. The GPS
(NOTAM) system. navigation solution may be acceptable, but the
(b) GNSS operational status depends on the integrity of the solution cannot be determined. The
second type indicates that the RAIM integrity
type of equipment being used. For GPS−only
equipment TSO−C129 or TSO-C196(), the opera- monitor has detected a potential error and that there
tional status of non−precision approach capability for is an inconsistency in the navigation solution for the
given phase of flight. Without RAIM capability, the
flight planning purposes is provided through a
prediction program that is embedded in the receiver pilot has no assurance of the accuracy of the GPS
or provided separately. position.
4. Selective Availability. Selective Availability
3. Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (SA) is a method by which the accuracy of GPS is
(RAIM). RAIM is the capability of a GPS receiver to intentionally degraded. This feature was designed to
perform integrity monitoring on itself by ensuring deny hostile use of precise GPS positioning data. SA
available satellite signals meet the integrity require- was discontinued on May 1, 2000, but many GPS
ments for a given phase of flight. Without RAIM, the receivers are designed to assume that SA is still
pilot has no assurance of the GPS position integrity. active. New receivers may take advantage of the
RAIM provides immediate feedback to the pilot. This discontinuance of SA based on the performance
fault detection is critical for performance-based values in ICAO Annex 10.
navigation (PBN)(see Paragraph 1−2−1, Perform-
ance−Based Navigation (PBN) and Area Navigation b. Operational Use of GPS. U.S. civil operators
(RNAV), for an introduction to PBN), because delays may use approved GPS equipment in oceanic
of up to two hours can occur before an erroneous airspace, certain remote areas, the National Airspace
satellite transmission is detected and corrected by the System and other States as authorized (please consult
satellite control segment. the applicable Aeronautical Information Publica-
tion). Equipage other than GPS may be required for
(a) In order for RAIM to determine if a the desired operation. GPS navigation is used for both
satellite is providing corrupted information, at least Visual Flight Rules (VFR) and Instrument Flight
one satellite, in addition to those required for Rules (IFR) operations.
navigation, must be in view for the receiver to
perform the RAIM function. RAIM requires a 1. VFR Operations
minimum of 5 satellites, or 4 satellites and barometric (a) GPS navigation has become an asset to
altimeter input (baro−aiding), to detect an integrity VFR pilots by providing increased navigational
anomaly. Baro−aiding is a method of augmenting the capabilities and enhanced situational awareness.
GPS integrity solution by using a non-satellite input Although GPS has provided many benefits to the
source in lieu of the fifth satellite. Some GPS VFR pilot, care must be exercised to ensure that
receivers also have a RAIM capability, called fault system capabilities are not exceeded. VFR pilots
detection and exclusion (FDE), that excludes a failed should integrate GPS navigation with electronic
satellite from the position solution; GPS receivers navigation (when possible), as well as pilotage and
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(b) GPS receivers used for VFR navigation may occur due to aircraft structure blocking satellite
vary from fully integrated IFR/VFR installation used signals, causing a loss of navigation capability. These
to support VFR operations to hand−held devices. losses, coupled with a lack of RAIM capability, could
Pilots must understand the limitations of the receivers present erroneous position and navigation informa-
prior to using in flight to avoid misusing navigation tion with no warning to the pilot. While the use of a
information. (See TBL 1−1−6.) Most receivers are hand−held GPS for VFR operations is not limited by
not intuitive. The pilot must learn the various regulation, modification of the aircraft, such as
keystrokes, knob functions, and displays that are installing a panel− or yoke−mounted holder, is
used in the operation of the receiver. Some governed by 14 CFR Part 43. Consult with your
manufacturers provide computer−based tutorials or mechanic to ensure compliance with the regulation
simulations of their receivers that pilots can use to and safe installation.
become familiar with operating the equipment. (d) Do not solely rely on GPS for VFR
(c) When using GPS for VFR operations, navigation. No design standard of accuracy or
RAIM capability, database currency, and antenna integrity is used for a VFR GPS receiver. VFR GPS
location are critical areas of concern. receivers should be used in conjunction with other
forms of navigation during VFR operations to ensure
(1) RAIM Capability. VFR GPS panel a correct route of flight is maintained. Minimize
mount receivers and hand−held units have no RAIM head−down time in the aircraft by being familiar with
alerting capability. This prevents the pilot from being your GPS receiver’s operation and by keeping eyes
alerted to the loss of the required number of satellites outside scanning for traffic, terrain, and obstacles.
in view, or the detection of a position error. Pilots
(e) VFR Waypoints
should use a systematic cross−check with other
navigation techniques to verify position. Be (1) VFR waypoints provide VFR pilots
suspicious of the GPS position if a disagreement with a supplementary tool to assist with position
exists between the two positions. awareness while navigating visually in aircraft
equipped with area navigation receivers. VFR
(2) Database Currency. Check the curren- waypoints should be used as a tool to supplement
cy of the database. Databases must be updated for current navigation procedures. The uses of VFR
IFR operations and should be updated for all other waypoints include providing navigational aids for
operations. However, there is no requirement for pilots unfamiliar with an area, waypoint definition of
databases to be updated for VFR navigation. It is not existing reporting points, enhanced navigation in and
recommended to use a moving map with an outdated around Class B and Class C airspace, and enhanced
database in and around critical airspace. Pilots using navigation around Special Use Airspace. VFR pilots
an outdated database should verify waypoints using should rely on appropriate and current aeronautical
current aeronautical products; for example, Chart charts published specifically for visual navigation. If
Supplement U.S., Sectional Chart, or En Route operating in a terminal area, pilots should take
Chart. advantage of the Terminal Area Chart available for
(3) Antenna Location. The antenna loca- that area, if published. The use of VFR waypoints
tion for GPS receivers used for IFR and VFR does not relieve the pilot of any responsibility to
operations may differ. VFR antennae are typically comply with the operational requirements of 14 CFR
placed for convenience more than performance, Part 91.
while IFR installations ensure a clear view is (2) VFR waypoint names (for computer−
provided with the satellites. Antennae not providing entry and flight plans) consist of five letters
a clear view have a greater opportunity to lose the beginning with the letters “VP” and are retrievable
satellite navigational signal. This is especially true from navigation databases. The VFR waypoint
in the case of hand−held GPS receivers. Typically, names are not intended to be pronounceable, and they
suction cups are used to place the GPS antennas on are not for use in ATC communications. On VFR
the inside of cockpit windows. While this method has charts, stand−alone VFR waypoints will be portrayed
great utility, the antenna location is limited to the using the same four−point star symbol used for IFR
cockpit or cabin which rarely provides a clear view waypoints. VFR waypoints collocated with visual
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magenta flag symbols. VFR waypoints collocated GPS systems are not authorized for IFR navigation,
with visual check points will be pronounceable based instrument approaches, or as a principal instrument
on the name of the visual check point and may be used flight reference.
for ATC communications. Each VFR waypoint name
will appear in parentheses adjacent to the geographic (2) Aircraft using un-augmented GPS
location on the chart. Latitude/longitude data for all (TSO-C129() or TSO-C196()) for navigation under
established VFR waypoints may be found in the IFR must be equipped with an alternate approved and
appropriate regional Chart Supplement U.S. operational means of navigation suitable for
navigating the proposed route of flight. (Examples of
(3) VFR waypoints may not be used on IFR alternate navigation equipment include VOR or
flight plans. VFR waypoints are not recognized by the DME/DME/IRU capability). Active monitoring of
IFR system and will be rejected for IFR routing alternative navigation equipment is not required
purposes. when RAIM is available for integrity monitoring.
Active monitoring of an alternate means of
(4) Pilots may use the five−letter identifier
navigation is required when the GPS RAIM
as a waypoint in the route of flight section on a VFR
capability is lost.
flight plan. Pilots may use the VFR waypoints only
when operating under VFR conditions. The point (3) Procedures must be established for use
may represent an intended course change or describe in the event that the loss of RAIM capability is
the planned route of flight. This VFR filing would be predicted to occur. In situations where RAIM is
similar to how a VOR would be used in a route of predicted to be unavailable, the flight must rely on
flight. other approved navigation equipment, re-route to
where RAIM is available, delay departure, or cancel
(5) VFR waypoints intended for use during
the flight.
flight should be loaded into the receiver while on the
ground. Once airborne, pilots should avoid program- (4) The GPS operation must be conducted
ming routes or VFR waypoint chains into their in accordance with the FAA−approved aircraft flight
receivers. manual (AFM) or flight manual supplement. Flight
crew members must be thoroughly familiar with the
(6) Pilots should be vigilant to see and
particular GPS equipment installed in the aircraft, the
avoid other traffic when near VFR waypoints. With
receiver operation manual, and the AFM or flight
the increased use of GPS navigation and accuracy,
manual supplement. Operation, receiver presenta-
expect increased traffic near VFR waypoints.
tion and capabilities of GPS equipment vary. Due to
Regardless of the class of airspace, monitor the
these differences, operation of GPS receivers of
available ATC frequency for traffic information on
different brands, or even models of the same brand,
other aircraft operating in the vicinity. See Paragraph
under IFR should not be attempted without thorough
7−5−2, VFR in Congested Areas, for more
operational knowledge. Most receivers have a
information.
built−in simulator mode, which allows the pilot to
2. IFR Use of GPS become familiar with operation prior to attempting
operation in the aircraft.
(a) General Requirements. Authorization
to conduct any GPS operation under IFR requires: (5) Aircraft navigating by IFR−approved
GPS are considered to be performance−based
(1) GPS navigation equipment used for IFR navigation (PBN) aircraft and have special equip-
operations must be approved in accordance with the ment suffixes. File the appropriate equipment suffix
requirements specified in Technical Standard Order in accordance with TBL 5−1−3 on the ATC flight
(TSO) TSO−C129(), TSO−C196(), TSO−C145(), or plan. If GPS avionics become inoperative, the pilot
TSO−C146(), and the installation must be done in should advise ATC and amend the equipment suffix.
accordance with Advisory Circular AC 20−138(),
Airworthiness Approval of Positioning and Naviga- (6) Prior to any GPS IFR operation, the
tion Systems. Equipment approved in accordance pilot must review appropriate NOTAMs and
with TSO−C115a does not meet the requirements of aeronautical information. (See GPS NOTAMs/Aero-
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(b) Database Requirements. The onboard orientation to each other is as found on the procedure
navigation data must be current and appropriate for chart, both laterally and vertically.
the region of intended operation and should include NOTE−
the navigation aids, waypoints, and relevant coded There is no specific requirement to check each waypoint
terminal airspace procedures for the departure, latitude and longitude, type of waypoint and/or altitude
arrival, and alternate airfields. constraint, only the general relationship of waypoints in
the procedure, or the logic of an individual waypoint’s
(1) Further database guidance for terminal location.
and en route requirements may be found in AC
[3] If the cursory check of procedure
90-100(), U.S. Terminal and En Route Area
logic or individual waypoint location, specified in [b]
Navigation (RNAV) Operations.
above, indicates a potential error, do not use the
(2) Further database guidance on Required retrieved procedure or waypoint until a verification of
Navigation Performance (RNP) instrument approach latitude and longitude, waypoint type, and altitude
operations, RNP terminal, and RNP en route constraints indicate full conformity with the
requirements may be found in AC 90-105(), Approval published data.
Guidance for RNP Operations and Barometric (5) Air carrier and commercial operators
Vertical Navigation in the U.S. National Airspace must meet the appropriate provisions of their
System. approved operations specifications.
(3) All approach procedures to be flown [a] During domestic operations for com-
must be retrievable from the current airborne merce or for hire, operators must have a second
navigation database supplied by the equipment navigation system capable of reversion or contin-
manufacturer or other FAA−approved source. The gency operations.
system must be able to retrieve the procedure by name
from the aircraft navigation database, not just as a [b] Operators must have two independ-
manually entered series of waypoints. Manual entry ent navigation systems appropriate to the route to be
of waypoints using latitude/longitude or place/bear- flown, or one system that is suitable and a second,
ing is not permitted for approach procedures. independent backup capability that allows the
operator to proceed safely and land at a different
(4) Prior to using a procedure or waypoint airport, and the aircraft must have sufficient fuel
retrieved from the airborne navigation database, the (reference 14 CFR 121.349, 125.203, 129.17, and
pilot should verify the validity of the database. This 135.165). These rules ensure the safety of the
verification should include the following preflight operation by preventing a single point of failure.
and inflight steps: NOTE−
[a] Preflight: An aircraft approved for multi-sensor navigation and
equipped with a single navigation system must maintain an
[1] Determine the date of database ability to navigate or proceed safely in the event that any
issuance, and verify that the date/time of proposed one component of the navigation system fails, including the
use is before the expiration date/time. flight management system (FMS). Retaining a FMS-inde-
pendent VOR capability would satisfy this requirement.
[2] Verify that the database provider
[c] The requirements for a second
has not published a notice limiting the use of the
system apply to the entire set of equipment needed to
specific waypoint or procedure.
achieve the navigation capability, not just the
[b] Inflight: individual components of the system such as the radio
navigation receiver. For example, to use two RNAV
[1] Determine that the waypoints
systems (e.g., GPS and DME/DME/IRU) to comply
and transition names coincide with names found on
with the requirements, the aircraft must be equipped
the procedure chart. Do not use waypoints which do
with two independent radio navigation receivers and
not exactly match the spelling shown on published
two independent navigation computers (e.g., flight
procedure charts.
management systems (FMS)). Alternatively, to
[2] Determine that the waypoints are comply with the requirements using a single RNAV
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capability, the VOR capability must be independent mentation system (WAAS) system is installed and
of the FMS. operating. WAAS is the U.S. version of a
satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS).
[d] To satisfy the requirement for two
independent navigation systems, if the primary [a] In Alaska, aircraft may operate on
navigation system is GPS−based, the second system GNSS Q-routes with GPS (TSO-C129 () or
must be independent of GPS (for example, VOR or TSO-C196 ()) equipment while the aircraft remains
DME/DME/IRU). This allows continued navigation in Air Traffic Control (ATC) radar surveillance or
in case of failure of the GPS or WAAS services. with GPS/WAAS (TSO-C145 () or TSO-C146 ())
Recognizing that GPS interference and test events which does not require ATC radar surveillance.
resulting in the loss of GPS services have become [b] In Alaska, aircraft may only operate
more common, the FAA requires operators conduct- on GNSS T-routes with GPS/WAAS (TSO-C145 () or
ing IFR operations under 14 CFR 121.349, 125.203, TSO-C146 ()) equipment.
129.17 and 135.65 to retain a non-GPS navigation
capability consisting of either DME/DME, IRU, or (2) Ground−based navigation equipment
VOR for en route and terminal operations, and VOR is not required to be installed and operating for en
and ILS for final approach. Since this system is to be route IFR operations when using GPS/WAAS
used as a reversionary capability, single equipage is navigation systems. All operators should ensure that
sufficient. an alternate means of navigation is available in the
unlikely event the GPS/WAAS navigation system
3. Oceanic, Domestic, En Route, and becomes inoperative.
Terminal Area Operations
(3) Q-routes and T-routes outside Alaska.
(a) Conduct GPS IFR operations in oceanic Q-routes require system performance currently met
areas only when approved avionics systems are by GPS, GPS/WAAS, or DME/DME/IRU RNAV
installed. TSO−C196() users and TSO−C129() GPS systems that satisfy the criteria discussed in AC
users authorized for Class A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, or C2 90−100(), U.S. Terminal and En Route Area
operations may use GPS in place of another approved Navigation (RNAV) Operations. T-routes require
means of long−range navigation, such as dual INS. GPS or GPS/WAAS equipment.
(See TBL 1−1−5 and TBL 1−1−6.) Aircraft with a REFERENCE−
single installation GPS, meeting the above specifica- AIM, Paragraph 5−3−4 , Airways and Route Systems
tions, are authorized to operate on short oceanic (c) GPS IFR approach/departure operations
routes requiring one means of long−range navigation can be conducted when approved avionics systems
(reference AC 20-138(), Appendix 1). are installed and the following requirements are met:
(b) Conduct GPS domestic, en route, and (1) The aircraft is TSO−C145() or TSO−
terminal IFR operations only when approved C146() or TSO−C196() or TSO−C129() in Class A1,
avionics systems are installed. Pilots may use GPS B1, B3, C1, or C3; and
via TSO−C129() authorized for Class A1, B1, B3,
C1, or C3 operations GPS via TSO-C196(); or (2) The approach/departure must be re-
GPS/WAAS with either TSO-C145() or trievable from the current airborne navigation
TSO-C146(). When using TSO-C129() or database in the navigation computer. The system
TSO-C196() receivers, the avionics necessary to must be able to retrieve the procedure by name from
receive all of the ground−based facilities appropriate the aircraft navigation database. Manual entry of
for the route to the destination airport and any waypoints using latitude/longitude or place/bearing
required alternate airport must be installed and is not permitted for approach procedures.
operational. Ground−based facilities necessary for (3) The authorization to fly instrument
these routes must be operational. approaches/departures with GPS is limited to U.S.
airspace.
(1) GPS en route IFR operations may be
conducted in Alaska outside the operational service (4) The use of GPS in any other airspace
volume of ground−based navigation aids when a must be expressly authorized by the FAA Adminis-
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(5) GPS instrument approach/departure approaches. Overlay approach criteria is based on the
operations outside the U.S. must be authorized by design criteria used for ground−based NAVAID ap-
the appropriate sovereign authority. proaches.
(b) Stand−alone approach procedures spe-
4. Departures and Instrument Departure
cifically designed for GPS systems have replaced
Procedures (DPs)
many of the original overlay approaches. All
The GPS receiver must be set to terminal (±1 NM) approaches that contain “GPS” in the title (e.g.,
CDI sensitivity and the navigation routes contained in “VOR or GPS RWY 24,” “GPS RWY 24,” or
the database in order to fly published IFR charted “RNAV (GPS) RWY 24”) can be flown using GPS.
departures and DPs. Terminal RAIM should be GPS−equipped aircraft do not need underlying
automatically provided by the receiver. (Terminal ground−based NAVAIDs or associated aircraft
RAIM for departure may not be available unless the avionics to fly the approach. Monitoring the
waypoints are part of the active flight plan rather than underlying approach with ground−based NAVAIDs is
proceeding direct to the first destination.) Certain suggested when able. Existing overlay approaches
segments of a DP may require some manual may be requested using the GPS title; for example,
intervention by the pilot, especially when radar the VOR or GPS RWY 24 may be requested as “GPS
vectored to a course or required to intercept a specific RWY 24.” Some GPS procedures have a Terminal
course to a waypoint. The database may not contain Arrival Area (TAA) with an underlining RNAV
all of the transitions or departures from all runways approach.
and some GPS receivers do not contain DPs in the (c) For flight planning purposes,
database. It is necessary that helicopter procedures be TSO-C129() and TSO-C196()−equipped users
flown at 70 knots or less since helicopter departure (GPS users) whose navigation systems have fault
procedures and missed approaches use a 20:1 detection and exclusion (FDE) capability, who
obstacle clearance surface (OCS), which is double perform a preflight RAIM prediction for the
the fixed−wing OCS, and turning areas are based on approach integrity at the airport where the RNAV
this speed as well. (GPS) approach will be flown, and have proper
5. GPS Instrument Approach Procedures knowledge and any required training and/or
approval to conduct a GPS-based IAP, may file
(a) GPS overlay approaches are designated based on a GPS−based IAP at either the destination
non−precision instrument approach procedures that or the alternate airport, but not at both locations. At
pilots are authorized to fly using GPS avionics. the alternate airport, pilots may plan for:
Localizer (LOC), localizer type directional aid
(1) Lateral navigation (LNAV) or circling
(LDA), and simplified directional facility (SDF)
minimum descent altitude (MDA);
procedures are not authorized. Overlay procedures
are identified by the “name of the procedure” and “or (2) LNAV/vertical navigation (LNAV/
GPS” (e.g., VOR/DME or GPS RWY 15) in the title. VNAV) DA, if equipped with and using approved
Authorized procedures must be retrievable from a barometric vertical navigation (baro-VNAV) equip-
current onboard navigation database. The naviga- ment;
tion database may also enhance position orientation
by displaying a map containing information on (3) RNP 0.3 DA on an RNAV (RNP) IAP,
conventional NAVAID approaches. This approach if they are specifically authorized users using
information should not be confused with a GPS approved baro-VNAV equipment and the pilot has
overlay approach (see the receiver operating verified required navigation performance (RNP)
manual, AFM, or AFM Supplement for details on availability through an approved prediction program.
how to identify these approaches in the navigation (d) If the above conditions cannot be met, any
database). required alternate airport must have an approved
NOTE− instrument approach procedure other than GPS−
Overlay approaches do not adhere to the design criteria based that is anticipated to be operational and
described in Paragraph 5−4−5m, Area Navigation (RNAV) available at the estimated time of arrival, and which
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(e) Procedures for Accomplishing GPS approach sensitivity. Beginning 2 NM prior to the
Approaches FAWP, the full scale CDI sensitivity will smoothly
change from ±1 NM to ±0.3 NM at the FAWP. As
(1) An RNAV (GPS) procedure may be sensitivity changes from ±1 NM to ±0.3 NM
associated with a Terminal Arrival Area (TAA). The approaching the FAWP, with the CDI not centered,
basic design of the RNAV procedure is the “T” design the corresponding increase in CDI displacement
or a modification of the “T” (See Paragraph 5-4-5d, may give the impression that the aircraft is moving
Terminal Arrival Area (TAA), for complete informa- further away from the intended course even though it
tion). is on an acceptable intercept heading. Referencing the
(2) Pilots cleared by ATC for an RNAV digital track displacement information (cross track
(GPS) approach should fly the full approach from an error), if it is available in the approach mode, may
Initial Approach Waypoint (IAWP) or feeder fix. help the pilot remain position oriented in this
Randomly joining an approach at an intermediate fix situation. Being established on the final approach
does not assure terrain clearance. course prior to the beginning of the sensitivity change
at 2 NM will help prevent problems in interpreting the
(3) When an approach has been loaded in CDI display during ramp down. Therefore, request-
the navigation system, GPS receivers will give an ing or accepting vectors which will cause the aircraft
“arm” annunciation 30 NM straight line distance to intercept the final approach course within 2 NM of
from the airport/heliport reference point. Pilots the FAWP is not recommended.
should arm the approach mode at this time if not
(6) When receiving vectors to final, most
already armed (some receivers arm automatically).
receiver operating manuals suggest placing the
Without arming, the receiver will not change from
receiver in the non−sequencing mode on the FAWP
en route CDI and RAIM sensitivity of ±5 NM either
and manually setting the course. This provides an
side of centerline to ±1 NM terminal sensitivity.
extended final approach course in cases where the
Where the IAWP is inside this 30 mile point, a CDI
aircraft is vectored onto the final approach course
sensitivity change will occur once the approach mode
outside of any existing segment which is aligned with
is armed and the aircraft is inside 30 NM. Where the
the runway. Assigned altitudes must be maintained
IAWP is beyond 30 NM from the airport/heliport
until established on a published segment of the
reference point and the approach is armed, the CDI
approach. Required altitudes at waypoints outside the
sensitivity will not change until the aircraft is within
FAWP or stepdown fixes must be considered.
30 miles of the airport/heliport reference point.
Calculating the distance to the FAWP may be
Feeder route obstacle clearance is predicated on the
required in order to descend at the proper location.
receiver being in terminal (±1 NM) CDI sensitivity
and RAIM within 30 NM of the airport/heliport (7) Overriding an automatically selected
reference point; therefore, the receiver should always sensitivity during an approach will cancel the
be armed (if required) not later than the 30 NM approach mode annunciation. If the approach mode
annunciation. is not armed by 2 NM prior to the FAWP, the approach
mode will not become active at 2 NM prior to the
(4) The pilot must be aware of what bank FAWP, and the equipment will flag. In these
angle/turn rate the particular receiver uses to compute conditions, the RAIM and CDI sensitivity will not
turn anticipation, and whether wind and airspeed are ramp down, and the pilot should not descend to MDA,
included in the receiver’s calculations. This informa- but fly to the MAWP and execute a missed approach.
tion should be in the receiver operating manual. Over The approach active annunciator and/or the receiver
or under banking the turn onto the final approach should be checked to ensure the approach mode is
course may significantly delay getting on course and active prior to the FAWP.
may result in high descent rates to achieve the next
segment altitude. (8) Do not attempt to fly an approach unless
the procedure in the onboard database is current and
(5) When within 2 NM of the Final identified as “GPS” on the approach chart. The
Approach Waypoint (FAWP) with the approach navigation database may contain information about
mode armed, the approach mode will switch to non−overlay approach procedures that enhances
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while flying these approaches using conventional (12) If a visual descent point (VDP) is
NAVAIDs. This approach information should not be published, it will not be included in the sequence of
confused with a GPS overlay approach (see the waypoints. Pilots are expected to use normal piloting
receiver operating manual, AFM, or AFM Supple- techniques for beginning the visual descent, such as
ment for details on how to identify these procedures ATD.
in the navigation database). Flying point to point on (13) Unnamed stepdown fixes in the final
the approach does not assure compliance with the approach segment may or may not be coded in the
published approach procedure. The proper RAIM waypoint sequence of the aircraft’s navigation
sensitivity will not be available and the CDI database and must be identified using ATD.
sensitivity will not automatically change to ±0.3 Stepdown fixes in the final approach segment of
NM. Manually setting CDI sensitivity does not RNAV (GPS) approaches are being named, in
automatically change the RAIM sensitivity on some addition to being identified by ATD. However, GPS
receivers. Some existing non−precision approach avionics may or may not accommodate waypoints
procedures cannot be coded for use with GPS and will between the FAF and MAP. Pilots must know the
not be available as overlays. capabilities of their GPS equipment and continue to
identify stepdown fixes using ATD when necessary.
(9) Pilots should pay particular attention
to the exact operation of their GPS receivers for (f) Missed Approach
performing holding patterns and in the case of (1) A GPS missed approach requires pilot
overlay approaches, operations such as procedure action to sequence the receiver past the MAWP to the
turns. These procedures may require manual missed approach portion of the procedure. The pilot
intervention by the pilot to stop the sequencing of must be thoroughly familiar with the activation
waypoints by the receiver and to resume automatic procedure for the particular GPS receiver installed in
GPS navigation sequencing once the maneuver is the aircraft and must initiate appropriate action after
complete. The same waypoint may appear in the route the MAWP. Activating the missed approach prior to
of flight more than once consecutively (for example, the MAWP will cause CDI sensitivity to immediately
IAWP, FAWP, MAHWP on a procedure turn). Care change to terminal (±1NM) sensitivity and the
must be exercised to ensure that the receiver is receiver will continue to navigate to the MAWP. The
sequenced to the appropriate waypoint for the receiver will not sequence past the MAWP. Turns
segment of the procedure being flown, especially if should not begin prior to the MAWP. If the missed
one or more fly−overs are skipped (for example, approach is not activated, the GPS receiver will
FAWP rather than IAWP if the procedure turn is not display an extension of the inbound final approach
flown). The pilot may have to sequence past one or course and the ATD will increase from the MAWP
more fly−overs of the same waypoint in order to start until it is manually sequenced after crossing the
GPS automatic sequencing at the proper place in the MAWP.
sequence of waypoints. (2) Missed approach routings in which the
first track is via a course rather than direct to the next
(10) Incorrect inputs into the GPS receiver waypoint require additional action by the pilot to set
are especially critical during approaches. In some the course. Being familiar with all of the inputs
cases, an incorrect entry can cause the receiver to required is especially critical during this phase of
leave the approach mode. flight.
(11) A fix on an overlay approach identi- (g) GPS NOTAMs/Aeronautical Informa-
fied by a DME fix will not be in the waypoint tion
sequence on the GPS receiver unless there is a (1) GPS satellite outages are issued as
published name assigned to it. When a name is GPS NOTAMs both domestically and internation-
assigned, the along track distance (ATD) to the ally. However, the effect of an outage on the intended
waypoint may be zero rather than the DME stated on operation cannot be determined unless the pilot has a
the approach chart. The pilot should be alert for this RAIM availability prediction program which allows
on any overlay procedure where the original excluding a satellite which is predicted to be out of
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(2) The terms UNRELIABLE and MAY (4) The military provides airfield specific
NOT BE AVAILABLE are used in conjunction with GPS RAIM NOTAMs for non−precision approach
GPS NOTAMs. Both UNRELIABLE and MAY NOT procedures at military airfields. The RAIM outages
BE AVAILABLE are advisories to pilots indicating are issued as M−series NOTAMs and may be obtained
the expected level of service may not be available. for up to 24 hours from the time of request.
UNRELIABLE does not mean there is a problem
with GPS signal integrity. If GPS service is available, (5) Receiver manufacturers and/or data-
pilots may continue operations. If the LNAV or base suppliers may supply “NOTAM” type
LNAV/VNAV service is available, pilots may use the information concerning database errors. Pilots
displayed level of service to fly the approach. GPS should check these sources, when available, to ensure
operation may be NOTAMed UNRELIABLE or that they have the most current information
MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE due to testing or concerning their electronic database.
anomalies. (Pilots are encouraged to report GPS (h) Receiver Autonomous Integrity Moni-
anomalies, including degraded operation and/or loss toring (RAIM)
of service, as soon as possible, reference paragraph
1−1−13.) When GPS testing NOTAMS are published (1) RAIM outages may occur due to an
and testing is actually occurring, Air Traffic Control insufficient number of satellites or due to unsuitable
will advise pilots requesting or cleared for a GPS or satellite geometry which causes the error in the
RNAV (GPS) approach that GPS may not be position solution to become too large. Loss of satellite
available and request intentions. If pilots have reception and RAIM warnings may occur due to
reported GPS anomalies, Air Traffic Control will aircraft dynamics (changes in pitch or bank angle).
request the pilot’s intentions and/or clear the pilot for Antenna location on the aircraft, satellite position
an alternate approach, if available and operational. relative to the horizon, and aircraft attitude may affect
reception of one or more satellites. Since the relative
EXAMPLE−
positions of the satellites are constantly changing,
The following is an example of a GPS testing NOTAM:
!GPS 06/001 ZAB NAV GPS (INCLUDING WAAS, GBAS,
prior experience with the airport does not guarantee
AND ADS-B) MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE WITHIN A reception at all times, and RAIM availability should
468NM RADIUS CENTERED AT 330702N1062540W always be checked.
(TCS 093044) FL400-UNL DECREASING IN AREA
WITH A DECREASE IN ALTITUDE DEFINED AS:
(2) If RAIM is not available, use another
425NM RADIUS AT FL250, 360NM RADIUS AT type of navigation and approach system, select
10000FT, 354NM RADIUS AT 4000FT AGL, 327NM another route or destination, or delay the trip until
RADIUS AT 50FT AGL. 1406070300-1406071200. RAIM is predicted to be available on arrival. On
longer flights, pilots should consider rechecking the
(3) Civilian pilots may obtain GPS RAIM RAIM prediction for the destination during the flight.
availability information for non−precision approach This may provide an early indication that an
procedures by using a manufacturer-supplied RAIM unscheduled satellite outage has occurred since
prediction tool, or using the Service Availability takeoff.
Prediction Tool (SAPT) on the FAA en route and
terminal RAIM prediction web site. Pilots can also (3) If a RAIM failure/status annunciation
request GPS RAIM aeronautical information from a occurs prior to the final approach waypoint
flight service station during preflight briefings. GPS (FAWP), the approach should not be completed since
RAIM aeronautical information can be obtained for GPS no longer provides the required integrity. The
a period of 3 hours (for example, if you are scheduled receiver performs a RAIM prediction by 2 NM prior
to arrive at 1215 hours, then the GPS RAIM to the FAWP to ensure that RAIM is available as a
information is available from 1100 to 1400 hours) or condition for entering the approach mode. The pilot
a 24−hour timeframe at a particular airport. FAA should ensure the receiver has sequenced from
briefers will provide RAIM information for a period “Armed” to “Approach” prior to the FAWP (normally
of 1 hour before to 1 hour after the ETA hour, unless occurs 2 NM prior). Failure to sequence may be an
a specific timeframe is requested by the pilot. If flying indication of the detection of a satellite anomaly,
a published GPS departure, a RAIM prediction failure to arm the receiver (if required), or other
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(4) If the receiver does not sequence into Pilots are not to use CNFs for point to point
the approach mode or a RAIM failure/status navigation (proceed direct), filing a flight plan, or in
annunciation occurs prior to the FAWP, the pilot must aircraft/ATC communications. CNFs that do appear
not initiate the approach or descend, but instead on aeronautical charts allow pilots increased
proceed to the missed approach waypoint ( MAWP) situational awareness by identifying points in the
via the FAWP, perform a missed approach, and aircraft database route of flight with points on the
contact ATC as soon as practical. The GPS receiver aeronautical chart. CNFs are random five-letter
may continue to operate after a RAIM flag/status identifiers, not pronounceable like waypoints and
annunciation appears, but the navigation information placed in parenthesis. Eventually, all CNFs will begin
should be considered advisory only. Refer to the with the letters “CF” followed by three consonants
receiver operating manual for specific indications (for example, CFWBG). This five-letter identifier
and instructions associated with loss of RAIM prior will be found next to an “x” on enroute charts and
to the FAF. possibly on an approach chart. On instrument
approach procedures (charts) in the terminal
(5) If the RAIM flag/status annunciation procedures publication, CNFs may represent un-
appears after the FAWP, the pilot should initiate a named DME fixes, beginning and ending points of
climb and execute the missed approach. The GPS DME arcs, and sensor (ground-based signal i.e.,
receiver may continue to operate after a RAIM VOR, NDB, ILS) final approach fixes on GPS
flag/status annunciation appears, but the navigation overlay approaches. These CNFs provide the GPS
information should be considered advisory only. with points on the procedure that allow the overlay
Refer to the receiver operating manual for operating approach to mirror the ground-based sensor
mode information during a RAIM annunciation. approach. These points should only be used by the
(i) Waypoints GPS system for navigation and should not be used by
pilots for any other purpose on the approach. The
(1) GPS receivers navigate from one CNF concept has not been adopted or recognized by
defined point to another retrieved from the aircraft’s the International Civil Aviation Organization
onboard navigational database. These points are (ICAO).
waypoints (5-letter pronounceable name), existing
VHF intersections, DME fixes with 5−letter (3) GPS approaches use fly−over and
pronounceable names and 3-letter NAVAID IDs. fly−by waypoints to join route segments on an
Each waypoint is a geographical location defined by approach. Fly−by waypoints connect the two
a latitude/longitude geographic coordinate. These segments by allowing the aircraft to turn prior to the
5−letter waypoints, VHF intersections, 5−letter current waypoint in order to roll out on course to the
pronounceable DME fixes and 3−letter NAVAID IDs next waypoint. This is known as turn anticipation and
are published on various FAA aeronautical naviga- is compensated for in the airspace and terrain
tion products (IFR Enroute Charts, VFR Charts, clearances. The MAWP and the missed approach
Terminal Procedures Publications, etc.). holding waypoint (MAHWP) are normally the only
two waypoints on the approach that are not fly−by
(2) A Computer Navigation Fix (CNF) is waypoints. Fly−over waypoints are used when the
also a point defined by a latitude/longitude coordinate aircraft must overfly the waypoint prior to starting a
and is required to support Performance−Based turn to the new course. The symbol for a fly-over
Navigation (PBN) operations. The GPS receiver uses waypoint is a circled waypoint. Some waypoints may
CNFs in conjunction with waypoints to navigate from have dual use; for example, as a fly−by waypoint
point to point. However, CNFs are not recognized by when used as an IF for a NoPT route and as a fly-over
ATC. ATC does not maintain CNFs in their database waypoint when the same waypoint is also used as an
and they do not use CNFs for any air traffic control IAF/IF hold-in-lieu of PT. When this occurs, the less
purpose. CNFs may or may not be charted on FAA restrictive (fly-by) symbology will be charted.
aeronautical navigation products, are listed in the Overlay approach charts and some early stand−alone
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(4) Unnamed waypoints for each airport course. Every leg of an instrument procedure is first
will be uniquely identified in the database. Although computed along a desired ground track with reference
the identifier may be used at different airports (for to true north. A magnetic variation correction is then
example, RW36 will be the identifier at each airport applied to the true course in order to calculate a
with a runway 36), the actual point, at each airport, is magnetic course for publication. The type of
defined by a specific latitude/longitude coordinate. procedure will determine what magnetic variation
value is added to the true course. A ground−based
(5) The runway threshold waypoint, nor-
NAVAID IFP applies the facility magnetic variation
mally the MAWP, may have a five−letter identifier
of record to the true course to get the charted magnetic
(for example, SNEEZ) or be coded as RW## (for
course. Magnetic courses on PBN procedures are
example, RW36, RW36L). MAWPs located at the
calculated two different ways. SID/STAR procedures
runway threshold are being changed to the RW##
use the airport magnetic variation of record, while
identifier, while MAWPs not located at the threshold
IFR enroute charts use magnetic reference bearing.
will have a five−letter identifier. This may cause the
PBN systems make a correction to true north by
approach chart to differ from the aircraft database
adding a magnetic variation calculated with an
until all changes are complete. The runway threshold
algorithm based on aircraft position, or by adding the
waypoint is also used as the center of the Minimum
magnetic variation coded in their navigational
Safe Altitude (MSA) on most GPS approaches.
database. This may result in the PBN system and the
(j) Position Orientation. procedure designer using a different magnetic
variation, which causes the magnetic course
Pilots should pay particular attention to position
displayed by the PBN system and the magnetic course
orientation while using GPS. Distance and track
charted on the IFP plate to be different. It is important
information are provided to the next active
to understand, however, that PBN systems, (with the
waypoint, not to a fixed navigation aid. Receivers
exception of VOR/DME RNAV equipment) navigate
may sequence when the pilot is not flying along an
by reference to true north and display magnetic
active route, such as when being vectored or
course only for pilot reference. As such, a properly
deviating for weather, due to the proximity to another
functioning PBN system, containing a current and
waypoint in the route. This can be prevented by
accurate navigational database, should fly the
placing the receiver in the non-sequencing mode.
correct ground track for any loaded instrument
When the receiver is in the non-sequencing mode,
procedure, despite differences in displayed magnetic
bearing and distance are provided to the selected
course that may be attributed to magnetic variation
waypoint and the receiver will not sequence to the
application. Should significant differences between
next waypoint in the route until placed back in the
the approach chart and the PBN system avionics’
auto sequence mode or the pilot selects a different
application of the navigation database arise, the
waypoint. The pilot may have to compute the ATD
published approach chart, supplemented by NOT-
to stepdown fixes and other points on overlay
AMs, holds precedence.
approaches, due to the receiver showing ATD to the
next waypoint rather than DME to the VOR or ILS (2) The course into a waypoint may not
ground station. always be 180 degrees different from the course
leaving the previous waypoint, due to the PBN
(k) Impact of Magnetic Variation on PBN
system avionics’ computation of geodesic paths,
Systems
distance between waypoints, and differences in
(1) Differences may exist between PBN magnetic variation application. Variations in
systems and the charted magnetic courses on distances may also occur since PBN system
ground−based NAVAID instrument flight procedures distance−to−waypoint values are ATDs computed to
(IFP), enroute charts, approach charts, and Standard the next waypoint and the DME values published on
Instrument Departure/Standard Terminal Arrival underlying procedures are slant−range distances
(SID/STAR) charts. These differences are due to the measured to the station. This difference increases
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(l) GPS Familiarization (5) Changing to another approach after


selecting an approach;
Pilots should practice GPS approaches in visual
meteorological conditions (VMC) until thoroughly (6) Programming and flying “direct”
proficient with all aspects of their equipment missed approaches;
(receiver and installation) prior to attempting flight (7) Programming and flying “routed”
in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC). missed approaches;
Pilots should be proficient in the following areas:
(8) Entering, flying, and exiting holding
(1) Using the receiver autonomous integ- patterns, particularly on approaches with a second
rity monitoring (RAIM) prediction function; waypoint in the holding pattern;
(9) Programming and flying a “route” from
(2) Inserting a DP into the flight plan, a holding pattern;
including setting terminal CDI sensitivity, if required,
and the conditions under which terminal RAIM is (10) Programming and flying an approach
available for departure; with radar vectors to the intermediate segment;
(11) Indication of the actions required for
(3) Programming the destination airport; RAIM failure both before and after the FAWP; and
(4) Programming and flying the ap- (12) Programming a radial and distance
proaches (especially procedure turns and arcs); from a VOR (often used in departure instructions).

TBL 1−1−5
GPS IFR Equipment Classes/Categories

TSO−C129
Int. Nav. Sys. to Non−precision
Equipment
RAIM Prov. RAIM Oceanic En Route Terminal Approach
Class
Equiv. Capable
Class A − GPS sensor and navigation capability.
A1 yes yes yes yes yes
A2 yes yes yes yes no
Class B − GPS sensor data to an integrated navigation system (i.e., FMS, multi−sensor navigation system, etc.).
B1 yes yes yes yes yes
B2 yes yes yes yes no
B3 yes yes yes yes yes
B4 yes yes yes yes no
Class C − GPS sensor data to an integrated navigation system (as in Class B) which provides enhanced guidance to an autopilot, or
flight director, to reduce flight tech. errors. Limited to 14 CFR Part 121 or equivalent criteria.
C1 yes yes yes yes yes
C2 yes yes yes yes no
C3 yes yes yes yes yes
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TBL 1−1−6
GPS Approval Required/Authorized Use

Installation Operational
Equipment Approval Approval IFR IFR IFR Oceanic In Lieu of
Type1 Required Required En Route2 Terminal2 Approach3 Remote ADF and/or
DME3
Hand held4 X5
VFR Panel Mount4 X
IFR En Route X X X X X
and Terminal
IFR Oceanic/ X X X X X X
Remote
IFR En Route, X X X X X X
Terminal, and
Approach

NOTE−
1To determine equipment approvals and limitations, refer to the AFM, AFM supplements, or pilot guides.
2Requires verification of data for correctness if database is expired.
3Requires current database or verification that the procedure has not been amended since the expiration of the database.
4VFR and hand−held GPS systems are not authorized for IFR navigation, instrument approaches, or as a primary instrument

flight reference. During IFR operations they may be considered only an aid to situational awareness.
5Hand−held receivers require no approval. However, any aircraft modification to support the hand−held receiver;

i.e., installation of an external antenna or a permanent mounting bracket, does require approval.

1−1−18. Wide Area Augmentation System 3. Unlike traditional ground−based navigation


(WAAS) aids, WAAS will cover a more extensive service area.
Precisely surveyed wide−area reference stations
a. General
(WRS) are linked to form the U.S. WAAS network.
1. The FAA developed the WAAS to improve Signals from the GPS satellites are monitored by
the accuracy, integrity and availability of GPS these WRSs to determine satellite clock and
signals. WAAS will allow GPS to be used, as the ephemeris corrections and to model the propagation
aviation navigation system, from takeoff through effects of the ionosphere. Each station in the network
approach when it is complete. WAAS is a critical relays the data to a wide−area master station (WMS)
component of the FAA’s strategic objective for a where the correction information is computed. A
seamless satellite navigation system for civil correction message is prepared and uplinked to a
aviation, improving capacity and safety. geostationary earth orbit satellite (GEO) via a GEO
uplink subsystem (GUS) which is located at the
2. The International Civil Aviation Organiza-
ground earth station (GES). The message is then
tion (ICAO) has defined Standards and
broadcast on the same frequency as GPS (L1,
Recommended Practices (SARPs) for satellite−based
1575.42 MHz) to WAAS receivers within the
augmentation systems (SBAS) such as WAAS.
broadcast coverage area of the WAAS GEO.
Japan, India, and Europe are building similar
systems: EGNOS, the European Geostationary 4. In addition to providing the correction signal,
Navigation Overlay System; India’s GPS and the WAAS GEO provides an additional pseudorange
Geo-Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system; and measurement to the aircraft receiver, improving the
Japan’s Multi-functional Transport Satellite (MT- availability of GPS by providing, in effect, an
SAT)-based Satellite Augmentation System additional GPS satellite in view. The integrity of GPS
(MSAS). The merging of these systems will create an is improved through real−time monitoring, and the
expansive navigation capability similar to GPS, but accuracy is improved by providing differential
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improvement is sufficient to enable approach 3. A different WAAS-based line of minima,


procedures with GPS/WAAS glide paths (vertical called Localizer Performance (LP) is being added in
guidance). locations where the terrain or obstructions do not
allow publication of vertically guided LPV minima.
5. The FAA has completed installation of 3 LP takes advantage of the angular lateral guidance
GEO satellite links, 38 WRSs, 3 WMSs, 6 GES, and and smaller position errors provided by WAAS to
the required terrestrial communications to support provide a lateral only procedure similar to an ILS
the WAAS network including 2 operational control Localizer. LP procedures may provide lower minima
centers. Prior to the commissioning of the WAAS for than a LNAV procedure due to the narrower obstacle
public use, the FAA conducted a series of test and clearance surface.
validation activities. Future dual frequency opera-
NOTE−
tions are planned.
WAAS receivers certified prior to TSO−C145b and
TSO−C146b, even if they have LPV capability, do not
6. GNSS navigation, including GPS and
contain LP capability unless the receiver has been
WAAS, is referenced to the WGS−84 coordinate upgraded. Receivers capable of flying LP procedures must
system. It should only be used where the Aeronautical contain a statement in the Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM),
Information Publications (including electronic data AFM Supplement, or Approved Supplemental Flight
and aeronautical charts) conform to WGS−84 or Manual stating that the receiver has LP capability, as well
equivalent. Other countries’ civil aviation authorities as the capability for the other WAAS and GPS approach
may impose additional limitations on the use of their procedure types.
SBAS systems. 4. WAAS provides a level of service that
supports all phases of flight, including RNAV (GPS)
b. Instrument Approach Capabilities
approaches to LNAV, LP, LNAV/VNAV, and LPV
1. A class of approach procedures which lines of minima, within system coverage. Some
provide vertical guidance, but which do not meet the locations close to the edge of the coverage may have
ICAO Annex 10 requirements for precision ap- a lower availability of vertical guidance.
proaches has been developed to support satellite c. General Requirements
navigation use for aviation applications worldwide.
These procedures are not precision and are referred to 1. WAAS avionics must be certified in
as Approach with Vertical Guidance (APV), are accordance with Technical Standard Order (TSO)
defined in ICAO Annex 6, and include approaches TSO−C145(), Airborne Navigation Sensors Using
such as the LNAV/VNAV and localizer performance the (GPS) Augmented by the Wide Area Augmenta-
with vertical guidance (LPV). These approaches tion System (WAAS); or TSO−C146(), Stand−Alone
provide vertical guidance, but do not meet the more Airborne Navigation Equipment Using the Global
stringent standards of a precision approach. Properly Positioning System (GPS) Augmented by the Wide
certified WAAS receivers will be able to fly to LPV Area Augmentation System (WAAS), and installed in
minima and LNAV/VNAV minima, using a WAAS accordance with Advisory Circular (AC) 20−138(),
electronic glide path, which eliminates the errors that Airworthiness Approval of Positioning and Naviga-
can be introduced by using Barometric altimetry. tion Systems.
2. GPS/WAAS operation must be conducted in
2. LPV minima takes advantage of the high
accordance with the FAA−approved aircraft flight
accuracy guidance and increased integrity provided
manual (AFM) and flight manual supplements. Flight
by WAAS. This WAAS generated angular guidance
manual supplements will state the level of approach
allows the use of the same TERPS approach criteria
procedure that the receiver supports. IFR approved
used for ILS approaches. LPV minima may have a
WAAS receivers support all GPS only operations as
decision altitude as low as 200 feet height above
long as lateral capability at the appropriate level is
touchdown with visibility minimums as low as 1/2
functional. WAAS monitors both GPS and WAAS
mile, when the terrain and airport infrastructure
satellites and provides integrity.
support the lowest minima. LPV minima is published
on the RNAV (GPS) approach charts (see Paragraph 3. GPS/WAAS equipment is inherently capable
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operator obtains a fault detection and exclusion ABLE (AVBL) NOTAMs indicate loss or
(FDE) prediction program. malfunction of the WAAS system. In flight, Air
Traffic Control will advise pilots requesting a GPS or
4. Air carrier and commercial operators must
RNAV (GPS) approach of WAAS NOT AVBL
meet the appropriate provisions of their approved
NOTAMs if not contained in the ATIS broadcast.
operations specifications.
EXAMPLE−
5. Prior to GPS/WAAS IFR operation, the pilot For unscheduled loss of signal or service, an example
must review appropriate Notices to Airmen (NOT- NOTAM is: !FDC FDC NAV WAAS NOT AVBL
AMs) and aeronautical information. This 1311160600− 1311191200EST.
information is available on request from a Flight For scheduled loss of signal or service, an example
Service Station. The FAA will provide NOTAMs to NOTAM is: !FDC FDC NAV WAAS NOT AVBL
advise pilots of the status of the WAAS and level of 1312041015- 1312082000EST.
service available.
(c) Site−specific WAAS MAY NOT BE
(a) The term MAY NOT BE AVBL is used in AVBL NOTAMs indicate an expected level of
conjunction with WAAS NOTAMs and indicates that service; for example, LNAV/VNAV, LP, or LPV may
due to ionospheric conditions, lateral guidance may not be available. Pilots must request site−specific
still be available when vertical guidance is WAAS NOTAMs during flight planning. In flight,
unavailable. Under certain conditions, both lateral Air Traffic Control will not advise pilots of WAAS
and vertical guidance may be unavailable. This MAY NOT BE AVBL NOTAMs.
NOTAM language is an advisory to pilots indicating
NOTE−
the expected level of WAAS service (LNAV/VNAV, Though currently unavailable, the FAA is updating its
LPV, LP) may not be available. prediction tool software to provide this site-service in the
EXAMPLE− future.
!FDC FDC NAV WAAS VNAV/LPV/LP MINIMA MAY
NOT BE AVBL 1306111330-1306141930EST
(d) Most of North America has redundant
or coverage by two or more geostationary satellites. One
!FDC FDC NAV WAAS VNAV/LPV MINIMA NOT AVBL, exception is the northern slope of Alaska. If there is
WAAS LP MINIMA MAY NOT BE AVBL a problem with the satellite providing coverage to this
1306021200-1306031200EST area, a NOTAM similar to the following example will
be issued:
WAAS MAY NOT BE AVBL NOTAMs are
predictive in nature and published for flight planning EXAMPLE−
purposes. Upon commencing an approach at !FDC 4/3406 (PAZA A0173/14) ZAN NAV WAAS SIGNAL
locations NOTAMed WAAS MAY NOT BE AVBL, MAY NOT BE AVBL NORTH OF LINE FROM
if the WAAS avionics indicate LNAV/VNAV or LPV 7000N150000W TO 6400N16400W. RMK WAAS USERS
service is available, then vertical guidance may be SHOULD CONFIRM RAIM AVAILABILITY FOR IFR
OPERATIONS IN THIS AREA. T-ROUTES IN THIS
used to complete the approach using the displayed
SECTOR NOT AVBL. ANY REQUIRED ALTERNATE
level of service. Should an outage occur during the AIRPORT IN THIS AREA MUST HAVE AN APPROVED
approach, reversion to LNAV minima or an alternate INSTRUMENT APPROACH PROCEDURE OTHER
instrument approach procedure may be required. THAN GPS THAT IS ANTICIPATED TO BE OPERA-
When GPS testing NOTAMS are published and TIONAL AND AVAILABLE AT THE ESTIMATED TIME
testing is actually occurring, Air Traffic Control will OF ARRIVAL AND WHICH THE AIRCRAFT IS
advise pilots requesting or cleared for a GPS or EQUIPPED TO FLY. 1406030812-1406050812EST .
RNAV (GPS) approach that GPS may not be
6. When GPS−testing NOTAMS are published
available and request intentions. If pilots have
and testing is actually occurring, Air Traffic Control
reported GPS anomalies, Air Traffic Control will
will advise pilots requesting or cleared for a GPS or
request the pilot’s intentions and/or clear the pilot for
RNAV (GPS) approach that GPS may not be
an alternate approach, if available and operational.
available and request intentions. If pilots have
(b) WAAS area-wide NOTAMs are origin- reported GPS anomalies, Air Traffic Control will
ated when WAAS assets are out of service and impact request the pilot’s intentions and/or clear the pilot for
the service area. Area−wide WAAS NOT AVAIL- an alternate approach, if available and operational.

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EXAMPLE− the planned approach at a required alternate, with


Here is an example of a GPS testing NOTAM: the following restrictions. When using WAAS at
!GPS 06/001 ZAB NAV GPS (INCLUDING WAAS, GBAS, an alternate airport, flight planning must be based
AND ADS-B) MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE WITHIN A on flying the RNAV (GPS) LNAV or circling minima
468NM RADIUS CENTERED AT 330702N1062540W
line, or minima on a GPS approach procedure, or
(TCS 093044) FL400-UNL DECREASING IN AREA
WITH A DECREASE IN ALTITUDE DEFINED AS:
conventional approach procedure with “or GPS” in
425NM RADIUS AT FL250, 360NM RADIUS AT the title. Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 91
10000FT, 354NM RADIUS AT 4000FT AGL, 327NM non−precision weather requirements must be used for
RADIUS AT 50FT AGL. 1406070300-1406071200. planning. Upon arrival at an alternate, when the
WAAS navigation system indicates that LNAV/
7. When the approach chart is annotated with
VNAV or LPV service is available, then vertical
the symbol, site−specific WAAS MAY NOT BE
guidance may be used to complete the approach using
AVBL NOTAMs or Air Traffic advisories are not the displayed level of service. The FAA has begun
provided for outages in WAAS LNAV/VNAV and
removing the NA (Alternate Minimums Not
LPV vertical service. Vertical outages may occur
Authorized) symbol from select RNAV (GPS) and
daily at these locations due to being close to the edge
GPS approach procedures so they may be used by
of WAAS system coverage. Use LNAV or circling
approach approved WAAS receivers at alternate
minima for flight planning at these locations, whether
airports. Some approach procedures will still require
as a destination or alternate. For flight operations at
these locations, when the WAAS avionics indicate the NA for other reasons, such as no weather
that LNAV/VNAV or LPV service is available, then reporting, so it cannot be removed from all
the vertical guidance may be used to complete the procedures. Since every procedure must be individu-
approach using the displayed level of service. Should ally evaluated, removal of the NA from RNAV
an outage occur during the procedure, reversion to (GPS) and GPS procedures will take some time.
LNAV minima may be required. NOTE−
NOTE− Properly trained and approved, as required, TSO-C145()
Area−wide WAAS NOT AVBL NOTAMs apply to all and TSO-C146() equipped users (WAAS users) with and
airports in the WAAS NOT AVBL area designated in the using approved baro-VNAV equipment may plan for
NOTAM, including approaches at airports where an LNAV/VNAV DA at an alternate airport. Specifically
approach chart is annotated with the symbol. authorized WAAS users with and using approved
baro-VNAV equipment may also plan for RNP 0.3 DA at the
8. GPS/WAAS was developed to be used within alternate airport as long as the pilot has verified RNP
GEO coverage over North America without the need availability through an approved prediction program.
for other radio navigation equipment appropriate to d. Flying Procedures with WAAS
the route of flight to be flown. Outside the WAAS
coverage or in the event of a WAAS failure, 1. WAAS receivers support all basic GPS
GPS/WAAS equipment reverts to GPS−only opera- approach functions and provide additional capabilit-
tion and satisfies the requirements for basic GPS ies. One of the major improvements is the ability to
equipment. (See paragraph 1−1−17 for these generate glide path guidance, independent of ground
requirements). equipment or barometric aiding. This eliminates
several problems such as hot and cold temperature
9. Unlike TSO−C129 avionics, which were
effects, incorrect altimeter setting, or lack of a local
certified as a supplement to other means of
altimeter source. It also allows approach procedures
navigation, WAAS avionics are evaluated without
to be built without the cost of installing ground
reliance on other navigation systems. As such,
stations at each airport or runway. Some approach
installation of WAAS avionics does not require the
certified receivers may only generate a glide path
aircraft to have other equipment appropriate to the
with performance similar to Baro−VNAV and are
route to be flown. (See paragraph 1−1−17 d for more
only approved to fly the LNAV/VNAV line of minima
information on equipment requirements.)
on the RNAV (GPS) approach charts. Receivers with
(a) Pilots with WAAS receivers may flight additional capability (including faster update rates
plan to use any instrument approach procedure and smaller integrity limits) are approved to fly the
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dramatically from the 0.3 NM (556 meter) limit for algorithm called FDE. In most cases this operation
GPS, LNAV, and LNAV/VNAV approach mode, to will be invisible to the pilot since the receiver will
40 meters for LPV. It also provides vertical integrity continue to operate with other available satellites
monitoring, which bounds the vertical error to 50 after excluding the “bad” signal. This capability
meters for LNAV/VNAV and LPVs with minima of increases the reliability of navigation.
250’ or above, and bounds the vertical error to 35
4. Both lateral and vertical scaling for the
meters for LPVs with minima below 250’.
LNAV/VNAV and LPV approach procedures are
2. When an approach procedure is selected and different than the linear scaling of basic GPS. When
active, the receiver will notify the pilot of the most the complete published procedure is flown, ±1 NM
accurate level of service supported by the combina- linear scaling is provided until two (2) NM prior to the
tion of the WAAS signal, the receiver, and the FAF, where the sensitivity increases to be similar to
selected approach, using the naming conventions on the angular scaling of an ILS. There are two differ-
the minima lines of the selected approach procedure. ences in the WAAS scaling and ILS: 1) on long final
For example, if an approach is published with LPV approach segments, the initial scaling will be
minima and the receiver is only certified for ±0.3 NM to achieve equivalent performance to GPS
LNAV/VNAV, the equipment would indicate (and better than ILS, which is less sensitive far from
“LNAV/VNAV available,” even though the WAAS the runway); 2) close to the runway threshold, the
signal would support LPV. If flying an existing scaling changes to linear instead of continuing to
LNAV/VNAV procedure with no LPV minima, the become more sensitive. The width of the final
receiver will notify the pilot “LNAV/VNAV approach course is tailored so that the total width is
available,” even if the receiver is certified for LPV usually 700 feet at the runway threshold. Since the
and the signal supports LPV. If the signal does not origin point of the lateral splay for the angular portion
support vertical guidance on procedures with LPV of the final is not fixed due to antenna placement like
and/or LNAV/VNAV minima, the receiver annunci- localizer, the splay angle can remain fixed, making a
ation will read “LNAV available.” On lateral only consistent width of final for aircraft being vectored
procedures with LP and LNAV minima the receiver onto the final approach course on different length
will indicate “LP available” or “LNAV available” runways. When the complete published procedure is
based on the level of lateral service available. Once not flown, and instead the aircraft needs to capture the
the level of service notification has been given, the extended final approach course similar to ILS, the
receiver will operate in this mode for the duration of vector to final (VTF) mode is used. Under VTF, the
the approach procedure, unless that level of service scaling is linear at ±1 NM until the point where the
becomes unavailable. The receiver cannot change ILS angular splay reaches a width of ±1 NM
back to a more accurate level of service until the next regardless of the distance from the FAWP.
time an approach is activated. 5. The WAAS scaling is also different than GPS
NOTE− TSO−C129() in the initial portion of the missed
Receivers do not “fail down” to lower levels of service approach. Two differences occur here. First, the
once the approach has been activated. If only the scaling abruptly changes from the approach scaling to
vertical off flag appears, the pilot may elect to use the the missed approach scaling, at approximately the
LNAV minima if the rules under which the flight is departure end of the runway or when the pilot selects
operating allow changing the type of approach being flown missed approach guidance rather than ramping as
after commencing the procedure. If the lateral integrity GPS does. Second, when the first leg of the missed
limit is exceeded on an LP approach, a missed approach
approach is a Track to Fix (TF) leg aligned within 3
will be necessary since there is no way to reset the lateral
alarm limit while the approach is active.
degrees of the inbound course, the receiver will
change to 0.3 NM linear sensitivity until the turn
3. Another additional feature of WAAS receiv- initiation point for the first waypoint in the missed
ers is the ability to exclude a bad GPS signal and approach procedure, at which time it will abruptly
continue operating normally. This is normally change to terminal (±1 NM) sensitivity. This allows
accomplished by the WAAS correction information. the elimination of close in obstacles in the early part
Outside WAAS coverage or when WAAS is not of the missed approach that may otherwise cause the
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6. There are two ways to select the final 2. LAAS was developed as an “ILS look−alike”
approach segment of an instrument approach. Most system from the pilot perspective. LAAS is based on
receivers use menus where the pilot selects the GPS signals augmented by ground equipment and has
airport, the runway, the specific approach procedure been developed to provide GLS precision approaches
and finally the IAF, there is also a channel number similar to ILS at airfields.
selection method. The pilot enters a unique 5−digit
3. GLS provides guidance similar to ILS
number provided on the approach chart, and the
approaches for the final approach segment; portions
receiver recalls the matching final approach segment
of the GLS approach prior to and after the final
from the aircraft database. A list of information
approach segment will be based on Area Navigation
including the available IAFs is displayed and the pilot
(RNAV) or Required Navigation Performance
selects the appropriate IAF. The pilot should confirm
(RNP).
that the correct final approach segment was loaded by
cross checking the Approach ID, which is also 4. The equipment consists of a GBAS Ground
provided on the approach chart. Facility (GGF), four reference stations, a VHF Data
Broadcast (VDB) uplink antenna, and an aircraft
7. The Along−Track Distance (ATD) during the
GBAS receiver.
final approach segment of an LNAV procedure (with
a minimum descent altitude) will be to the MAWP. On b. Procedure
LNAV/VNAV and LPV approaches to a decision 1. Pilots will select the five digit GBAS channel
altitude, there is no missed approach waypoint so the number of the associated approach within the Flight
along−track distance is displayed to a point normally Management System (FMS) menu or manually select
located at the runway threshold. In most cases, the the five digits (system dependent). Selection of the
MAWP for the LNAV approach is located on the GBAS channel number also tunes the VDB.
runway threshold at the centerline, so these distances
will be the same. This distance will always vary 2. Following procedure selection, confirmation
slightly from any ILS DME that may be present, since that the correct LAAS procedure is loaded can be
the ILS DME is located further down the runway. accomplished by cross checking the charted
Initiation of the missed approach on the LNAV/ Reference Path Indicator (RPI) or approach ID with
VNAV and LPV approaches is still based on reaching the cockpit displayed RPI or audio identification of
the decision altitude without any of the items listed in the RPI with Morse Code (for some systems).
14 CFR Section 91.175 being visible, and must not be 3. The pilot will fly the GLS approach using the
delayed while waiting for the ATD to reach zero. The same techniques as an ILS, once selected and
WAAS receiver, unlike a GPS receiver, will identified.
automatically sequence past the MAWP if the missed
approach procedure has been designed for RNAV.
The pilot may also select missed approach prior to the 1−1−20. Precision Approach Systems other
MAWP; however, navigation will continue to the than ILS and GLS
MAWP prior to waypoint sequencing taking place. a. General
Approval and use of precision approach systems
1−1−19. Ground Based Augmentation other than ILS and GLS require the issuance of
System (GBAS) Landing System (GLS) special instrument approach procedures.
a. General b. Special Instrument Approach Procedure
1. The GLS provides precision navigation 1. Special instrument approach procedures
guidance for exact alignment and descent of aircraft must be issued to the aircraft operator if pilot training,
on approach to a runway. It provides differential aircraft equipment, and/or aircraft performance is
augmentation to the Global Navigation Satellite different than published procedures. Special instru-
System (GNSS). ment approach procedures are not distributed for
NOTE− general public use. These procedures are issued to an
GBAS is the ICAO term for Local Area Augmentation aircraft operator when the conditions for operations
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2. General aviation operators requesting ap- course and glidepath based on the position of the
proval for special procedures should contact the local tracked aircraft. Flying the TLS corrections com-
Flight Standards District Office to obtain a letter of puted for another aircraft will not provide guidance
authorization. Air carrier operators requesting relative to the approach; therefore, aircrews must not
approval for use of special procedures should contact use the TLS signal for navigation unless they have
their Certificate Holding District Office for authoriz- received approach clearance and completed the
ation through their Operations Specification. required coordination with the TLS ground equip-
ment operator. Navigation fixes based on
c. Transponder Landing System (TLS)
conventional NAVAIDs or GPS are provided in the
1. The TLS is designed to provide approach special instrument approach procedure to allow
guidance utilizing existing airborne ILS localizer, aircrews to verify the TLS guidance.
glide slope, and transponder equipment.
d. Special Category I Differential GPS (SCAT−
2. Ground equipment consists of a transponder I DGPS)
interrogator, sensor arrays to detect lateral and
vertical position, and ILS frequency transmitters. The 1. The SCAT−I DGPS is designed to provide
TLS detects the aircraft’s position by interrogating its approach guidance by broadcasting differential
transponder. It then broadcasts ILS frequency signals correction to GPS.
to guide the aircraft along the desired approach path. 2. SCAT−I DGPS procedures require aircraft
3. TLS instrument approach procedures are equipment and pilot training.
designated Special Instrument Approach Procedures.
3. Ground equipment consists of GPS receivers
Special aircrew training is required. TLS ground
and a VHF digital radio transmitter. The SCAT−I
equipment provides approach guidance for only one
DGPS detects the position of GPS satellites relative
aircraft at a time. Even though the TLS signal is
to GPS receiver equipment and broadcasts differen-
received using the ILS receiver, no fixed course or
tial corrections over the VHF digital radio.
glidepath is generated. The concept of operation is
very similar to an air traffic controller providing radar 4. Category I Ground Based Augmentation
vectors, and just as with radar vectors, the guidance System (GBAS) will displace SCAT−I DGPS as the
is valid only for the intended aircraft. The TLS public use service.
ground equipment tracks one aircraft, based on its REFERENCE−
transponder code, and provides correction signals to AIM, Paragraph 5−4−7 f, Instrument Approach Procedures

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Section 2. Performance−Based Navigation (PBN) and


Area Navigation (RNAV)

1−2−1. General FIG 1−2−1

a. Introduction to PBN. As air travel has


evolved, methods of navigation have improved to
give operators more flexibility. Under the umbrella of
area navigation, there are legacy and performance−
based navigation (PBN) methods, see FIG 1−2−1.
The legacy methods include operations incorporating
systems approved under AC 90-45, Approval of Area
Navigation Systems for Use in the U.S. National
Airspace System, which allows two-dimensional area
navigation (2D RNAV) within the U.S. National
Airspace System (NAS). AC 90-45 describes 2D
RNAV in terms of both VOR/DME dependent
systems and self-contained systems such as Inertial
Navigation Systems (INS). Many operators have b. Area Navigation (RNAV)
upgraded their systems to obtain the benefits of PBN. 1. General. RNAV is a method of navigation
Within PBN there are two main categories of that permits aircraft operation on any desired flight
navigation methods: area navigation (RNAV) and path within the coverage of ground− or space−based
required navigation performance (RNP). For an navigation aids or within the limits of the capability
aircraft to meet the requirements of RNAV, a of self−contained aids, or a combination of these. In
specified RNAV accuracy must be met 95 percent of the future, there will be an increased dependence on
the flight time. RNP is an RNAV system that includes the use of RNAV in lieu of routes defined by
onboard performance monitoring and alerting ground−based navigation aids. RNAV routes and
capability (for example, Receiver Autonomous terminal procedures, including departure procedures
Integrity Monitoring (RAIM)). PBN also introduces (DPs) and standard terminal arrivals (STARs), are
the concept of navigation specifications (Nav Specs) designed with RNAV systems in mind. There are
which are a set of aircraft and aircrew requirements several potential advantages of RNAV routes and
needed to support a navigation application within a procedures:
defined airspace concept. For both RNP and RNAV (a) Time and fuel savings;
designations, the numerical designation refers to the
lateral navigation accuracy in nautical miles which is (b) Reduced dependence on radar vectoring,
expected to be achieved at least 95 percent of the altitude, and speed assignments allowing a reduction
flight time by the population of aircraft operating in required ATC radio transmissions; and
within the airspace, route, or procedure. This (c) More efficient use of airspace.
information is introduced in International Civil
Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Doc 9613, Perform- In addition to information found in this manual,
ance-based Navigation (PBN) Manual (Fourth guidance for domestic RNAV DPs, STARs, and
Edition, 2013) and the FAA Advisory Circular (AC) routes may also be found in Advisory Circular
90-105A, Approval Guidance for RNP Operations 90−100(), U.S. Terminal and En Route Area
and Barometric Vertical Navigation in the U.S. Navigation (RNAV) Operations.
National Airspace System and in Remote and 2. RNAV Operations. RNAV procedures, such
Oceanic Airspace (expected publication date in late as DPs and STARs, demand strict pilot awareness and
2014) further develops this story. maintenance of the procedure centerline. Pilots

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should possess a working knowledge of their aircraft (b) RNAV Leg Types. A leg type describes
navigation system to ensure RNAV procedures are the desired path proceeding, following, or between
flown in an appropriate manner. In addition, pilots waypoints on an RNAV procedure. Leg types are
should have an understanding of the various identified by a two−letter code that describes the path
waypoint and leg types used in RNAV procedures; (e.g., heading, course, track, etc.) and the termination
these are discussed in more detail below. point (e.g., the path terminates at an altitude, distance,
fix, etc.). Leg types used for procedure design are
(a) Waypoints. A waypoint is a predeter-
included in the aircraft navigation database, but not
mined geographical position that is defined in terms
normally provided on the procedure chart. The
of latitude/longitude coordinates. Waypoints may be
narrative depiction of the RNAV chart describes how
a simple named point in space or associated with
a procedure is flown. The “path and terminator
existing navaids, intersections, or fixes. A waypoint
concept” defines that every leg of a procedure has a
is most often used to indicate a change in direction,
termination point and some kind of path into that
speed, or altitude along the desired path. RNAV
termination point. Some of the available leg types are
procedures make use of both fly−over and fly−by
described below.
waypoints.
(1) Fly−by waypoints. Fly−by waypoints (1) Track to Fix. A Track to Fix (TF) leg
are used when an aircraft should begin a turn to the is intercepted and acquired as the flight track to the
next course prior to reaching the waypoint separating following waypoint. Track to a Fix legs are
the two route segments. This is known as turn sometimes called point−to−point legs for this reason.
anticipation. Narrative: “direct ALPHA, then on course to
BRAVO WP.” See FIG 1−2−3.
(2) Fly−over waypoints. Fly−over way-
points are used when the aircraft must fly over the (2) Direct to Fix. A Direct to Fix (DF) leg
point prior to starting a turn. is a path described by an aircraft’s track from an initial
area direct to the next waypoint. Narrative: “turn
NOTE− right direct BRAVO WP.” See FIG 1−2−4.
FIG 1−2−2 illustrates several differences between a fly−by
and a fly−over waypoint.
FIG 1−2−2
Fly−by and Fly−over Waypoints FIG 1−2−3
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FIG 1−2−4 FIG 1−2−6


Direct to Fix Leg Type Radius to Fix Leg Type

(5) Heading. A Heading leg may be


(3) Course to Fix. A Course to Fix (CF)
defined as, but not limited to, a Heading to Altitude
leg is a path that terminates at a fix with a specified
(VA), Heading to DME range (VD), and Heading to
course at that fix. Narrative: “on course 150 to
Manual Termination, i.e., Vector (VM). Narra-
ALPHA WP.” See FIG 1−2−5.
tive: “climb heading 350 to 1500”, “heading 265, at
9 DME west of PXR VORTAC, right turn heading
FIG 1−2−5 360”, “fly heading 090, expect radar vectors to
Course to Fix Leg Type DRYHT INT.”
(c) Navigation Issues. Pilots should be
aware of their navigation system inputs, alerts, and
annunciations in order to make better−informed
decisions. In addition, the availability and suitability
of particular sensors/systems should be considered.
(1) GPS/WAAS. Operators using TSO−
C129(), TSO−C196(), TSO−C145() or TSO−C146()
systems should ensure departure and arrival airports
are entered to ensure proper RAIM availability and
CDI sensitivity.
(2) DME/DME. Operators should be
aware that DME/DME position updating is depen-
dent on navigation system logic and DME facility
proximity, availability, geometry, and signal mask-
ing.
(3) VOR/DME. Unique VOR character-
istics may result in less accurate values from
VOR/DME position updating than from GPS or
DME/DME position updating.
(4) Inertial Navigation. Inertial reference
(4) Radius to Fix. A Radius to Fix (RF) units and inertial navigation systems are often
leg is defined as a constant radius circular path around coupled with other types of navigation inputs,
a defined turn center that terminates at a fix. See e.g., DME/DME or GPS, to improve overall
FIG 1−2−6. navigation system performance.

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NOTE− 1−2−2. Required Navigation Performance


Specific inertial position updating requirements may (RNP)
apply.
a. General. RNP is RNAV with onboard naviga-
(d) Flight Management System tion monitoring and alerting. RNP is also a statement
(FMS). An FMS is an integrated suite of sensors, of navigation performance necessary for operation
receivers, and computers, coupled with a navigation within a defined airspace. A critical component of
database. These systems generally provide perfor- RNP is the ability of the aircraft navigation system to
mance and RNAV guidance to displays and automatic monitor its achieved navigation performance, and to
flight control systems. identify for the pilot whether the operational
Inputs can be accepted from multiple sources such as requirement is, or is not, being met during an
GPS, DME, VOR, LOC and IRU. These inputs may operation. This onboard performance monitoring
be applied to a navigation solution one at a time or in and alerting capability therefore allows a lessened
combination. Some FMSs provide for the detection reliance on air traffic control intervention (via radar
and isolation of faulty navigation information. monitoring, automatic dependent surveillance
(ADS), multilateration, communications), and/or
When appropriate navigation signals are available, route separation to achieve the overall safety of the
FMSs will normally rely on GPS and/or DME/DME operation. RNP capability of the aircraft is a major
(that is, the use of distance information from two or component in determining the separation criteria to
more DME stations) for position updates. Other ensure that the overall containment of the operation
inputs may also be incorporated based on FMS is met.
system architecture and navigation source geometry.
The RNP capability of an aircraft will vary depending
NOTE− upon the aircraft equipment and the navigation
DME/DME inputs coupled with one or more IRU(s) are infrastructure. For example, an aircraft may be
often abbreviated as DME/DME/IRU or D/D/I. equipped and certified for RNP 1.0, but may not be
(e) RNAV Navigation Specifications (Nav capable of RNP 1.0 operations due to limited
Specs) NAVAID coverage.

Nav Specs are a set of aircraft and aircrew b. RNP Operations.


requirements needed to support a navigation 1. Lateral Accuracy Values. Lateral Accuracy
application within a defined airspace concept. For values are applicable to a selected airspace, route, or
both RNP and RNAV designations, the numerical procedure. The lateral accuracy value is a value
designation refers to the lateral navigation accuracy typically expressed as a distance in nautical miles
in nautical miles which is expected to be achieved at from the intended centerline of a procedure, route, or
least 95 percent of the flight time by the population of path. RNP applications also account for potential
aircraft operating within the airspace, route, or errors at some multiple of lateral accuracy value (for
procedure. (See FIG 1−2−1.) example, twice the RNP lateral accuracy values).
(1) RNAV 1. Typically RNAV 1 is used for (a) Nav Specs and Standard Lateral
DPs and STARs and appears on the charts. Aircraft Accuracy Values. U.S. standard values supporting
must maintain a total system error of not more than typical RNP airspace are as specified below. Other
1 NM for 95 percent of the total flight time. lateral accuracy values as identified by ICAO, other
states, and the FAA may also be used. (See
(2) RNAV 2. Typically RNAV 2 is used for FIG 1−2−1.)
en route operations unless otherwise specified.
(1) RNP Approach (APCH). RNP APCH
T-routes and Q-routes are examples of this Nav Spec.
procedures are titled RNAV (GPS) and offer several
Aircraft must maintain a total system error of not
lines of minima to accommodate varying levels of
more than 2 NM for 95 percent of the total flight time.
aircraft equipage: either lateral navigation (LNAV),
(3) RNAV 10. Typically RNAV 10 is used LNAV/vertical navigation (LNAV/VNAV), and
in oceanic operations. See paragraph 4−7−1 for Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance
specifics and explanation of the relationship between (LPV), or LNAV, and Localizer Performance (LP).
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support LNAV minima. LNAV/VNAV incorporates (6) RNP 4. RNP 4 will apply to oceanic and
LNAV lateral with vertical path guidance for systems remote operations only with a lateral accuracy value
and operators capable of either barometric or WAAS of 4.
vertical. Pilots are required to use WAAS to fly to the
(7) RNP 0.3. RNP 0.3 will apply to
LPV or LP minima. RNP APCH has a lateral
rotorcraft only. This Nav Spec requires a lateral
accuracy value of 1 in the terminal and missed
accuracy value of 0.3 for all phases of flight except for
approach segments and essentially scales to RNP 0.3
oceanic and remote and the final approach segment.
in the final approach. (See paragraph 1−1−18.)
(b) Application of Standard Lateral Ac-
(2) RNP AR APCH. RNP AR APCH curacy Values. U.S. standard lateral accuracy values
procedures are titled RNAV (RNP). RNP AR APCH typically used for various routes and procedures
vertical navigation performance is based upon supporting RNAV operations may be based on use of
barometric VNAV or WAAS. RNP AR is intended to a specific navigational system or sensor such as GPS,
provide specific benefits at specific locations. It is not or on multi−sensor RNAV systems having suitable
intended for every operator or aircraft. RNP AR performance.
capability requires specific aircraft performance,
design, operational processes, training, and specific (c) Depiction of Lateral Accuracy Values.
procedure design criteria to achieve the required The applicable lateral accuracy values will be
target level of safety. RNP AR APCH has lateral depicted on affected charts and procedures.
accuracy values that can range below 1 in the terminal c. Other RNP Applications Outside the U.S.
and missed approach segments and essentially scale The FAA and ICAO member states have led
to RNP 0.3 or lower in the final approach. Operators initiatives in implementing the RNP concept to
conducting these approaches should refer to AC oceanic operations. For example, RNP−10 routes
90-101A, Approval Guidance for RNP Procedures have been established in the northern Pacific
with AR. (See paragraph 5−4−18.) (NOPAC) which has increased capacity and
efficiency by reducing the distance between tracks
(3) Advanced RNP (A-RNP). Advanced to 50 NM. (See paragraph 4−7−1.)
RNP includes a lateral accuracy value of 2 for oceanic
and remote operations but not planned for U.S. d. Aircraft and Airborne Equipment Eligibility
implementation and may have a 2 or 1 lateral for RNP Operations. Aircraft meeting RNP criteria
accuracy value for domestic enroute segments. will have an appropriate entry including special
Except for the final approach, A-RNP allows for conditions and limitations in its Aircraft Flight
scalable RNP lateral navigation accuracies. Its Manual (AFM), or supplement. Operators of aircraft
applications in the U.S. are still in progress. not having specific AFM−RNP certification may be
issued operational approval including special condi-
(4) RNP 1. RNP 1 requires a lateral tions and limitations for specific RNP lateral
accuracy value of 1 for arrival and departure in the accuracy values.
terminal area and the initial and intermediate NOTE−
approach phase. Some airborne systems use Estimated Position Uncer-
tainty (EPU) as a measure of the current estimated
(5) RNP 2. RNP 2 will apply to both navigational performance. EPU may also be referred to as
domestic and oceanic/remote operations with a Actual Navigation Performance (ANP) or Estimated
lateral accuracy value of 2. Position Error (EPE).

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TBL 1−2−1
U.S. Standard RNP Levels

RNP Level Typical Application Primary Route


Width (NM) −
Centerline to
Boundary
0.1 to 1.0 RNP AR Approach Segments 0.1 to 1.0
0.3 to 1.0 RNP Approach Segments 0.3 to 1.0
1 Terminal and En Route 1.0
2 En Route 2.0
4 Projected for oceanic/remote areas where 30 NM horizontal 4.0
separation is applied.
10 Oceanic/remote areas where 50 NM lateral separation is 10.0
applied.

1−2−3. Use of Suitable Area Navigation or route based on operational VOR using that RNAV
(RNAV) Systems on Conventional system without monitoring the VOR.
Procedures and Routes NOTE−
1. Additional information and associated requirements
a. Discussion. This paragraph sets forth policy, are available in Advisory Circular 90-108 titled “Use of
while providing operational and airworthiness Suitable RNAV Systems on Conventional Routes and
guidance regarding the suitability and use of RNAV Procedures.”
systems when operating on, or transitioning to,
2. Good planning and knowledge of your RNAV system are
conventional, non−RNAV routes and procedures critical for safe and successful operations.
within the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS):
3. Pilots planning to use their RNAV system as a substitute
1. Use of a suitable RNAV system as a means of navigation guidance in lieu of an out−of−service
Substitute Means of Navigation when a Very−High NAVAID may need to advise ATC of this intent and
Frequency (VHF) Omni−directional Range (VOR), capability.
Distance Measuring Equipment (DME), Tactical Air 4. The navigation database should be current for the
Navigation (TACAN), VOR/TACAN (VORTAC), duration of the flight. If the AIRAC cycle will change
VOR/DME, Non−directional Beacon (NDB), or during flight, operators and pilots should establish
compass locator facility including locator outer procedures to ensure the accuracy of navigation data,
marker and locator middle marker is out−of−service including suitability of navigation facilities used to define
(that is, the navigation aid (NAVAID) information is the routes and procedures for flight. To facilitate validating
not available); an aircraft is not equipped with an database currency, the FAA has developed procedures for
Automatic Direction Finder (ADF) or DME; or the publishing the amendment date that instrument approach
installed ADF or DME on an aircraft is not procedures were last revised. The amendment date follows
operational. For example, if equipped with a suitable the amendment number, e.g., Amdt 4 14Jan10. Currency of
graphic departure procedures and STARs may be
RNAV system, a pilot may hold over an out−of−
ascertained by the numerical designation in the procedure
service NDB.
title. If an amended chart is published for the procedure, or
2. Use of a suitable RNAV system as an the procedure amendment date shown on the chart is on or
after the expiration date of the database, the operator must
Alternate Means of Navigation when a VOR, DME,
not use the database to conduct the operation.
VORTAC, VOR/DME, TACAN, NDB, or compass
locator facility including locator outer marker and b. Types of RNAV Systems that Qualify as a
locator middle marker is operational and the Suitable RNAV System. When installed in accord-
respective aircraft is equipped with operational ance with appropriate airworthiness installation
navigation equipment that is compatible with requirements and operated in accordance with
conventional navaids. For example, if equipped with applicable operational guidance (e.g., aircraft flight
a suitable RNAV system, a pilot may fly a procedure manual and Advisory Circular material), the

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following systems qualify as a suitable RNAV NOTE−


system: 1. The allowances described in this section apply even
when a facility is identified as required on a procedure (for
1. An RNAV system with TSO−C129/ example, “Note ADF required”).
−C145/−C146 equipment, installed in accordance 2. These operations do not include lateral navigation on
with AC 20−138, Airworthiness Approval of Global localizer−based courses (including localizer back−course
Positioning System (GPS) Navigation Equipment for guidance) without reference to raw localizer data.
Use as a VFR and IFR Supplemental Navigation
System, or AC 20−130A, Airworthiness Approval of 3. Unless otherwise specified, a suitable RNAV system
Navigation or Flight Management Systems Integrat- cannot be used for navigation on procedures that are
identified as not authorized (“NA”) without exception by
ing Multiple Navigation Sensors, and authorized for
a NOTAM. For example, an operator may not use a RNAV
instrument flight rules (IFR) en route and terminal
system to navigate on a procedure affected by an expired or
operations (including those systems previously unsatisfactory flight inspection, or a procedure that is
qualified for “GPS in lieu of ADF or DME” based upon a recently decommissioned NAVAID.
operations), or
4. Pilots may not substitute for the NAVAID (for example,
2. An RNAV system with DME/DME/IRU a VOR or NDB) providing lateral guidance for the final
inputs that is compliant with the equipment approach segment. This restriction does not refer to
provisions of AC 90−100A, U.S. Terminal and instrument approach procedures with “or GPS” in the title
En Route Area Navigation (RNAV) Operations, for when using GPS or WAAS. These allowances do not apply
RNAV routes. A table of compliant equipment is to procedures that are identified as not authorized (NA)
available at the following web site: without exception by a NOTAM, as other conditions may
h t t p : / / w w w. f a a . g o v / a b o u t / o f f i c e _ o r g / still exist and result in a procedure not being available. For
example, these allowances do not apply to a procedure
headquarters_offices/avs/offices/afs/afs400/afs47
associated with an expired or unsatisfactory flight
0/policy_guidance/
inspection, or is based upon a recently decommissioned
NOTE− NAVAID.
Approved RNAV systems using DME/DME/IRU, without 5. Use of a suitable RNAV system as a means to navigate
GPS/WAAS position input, may only be used as a substitute
on the final approach segment of an instrument approach
means of navigation when specifically authorized by a
procedure based on a VOR, TACAN or NDB signal, is
Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) or other FAA guidance for a
allowable. The underlying NAVAID must be operational
specific procedure. The NOTAM or other FAA guidance
and the NAVAID monitored for final segment course
authorizing the use of DME/DME/IRU systems will also
identify any required DME facilities based on an FAA alignment.
assessment of the DME navigation infrastructure. 6. For the purpose of paragraph c, “VOR” includes VOR,
VOR/DME, and VORTAC facilities and “compass
c. Uses of Suitable RNAV Systems. Subject to
locator” includes locator outer marker and locator middle
the operating requirements, operators may use a marker.
suitable RNAV system in the following ways.
d. Alternate Airport Considerations. For the
1. Determine aircraft position relative to, or purposes of flight planning, any required alternate
distance from a VOR (see NOTE 6 below), TACAN, airport must have an available instrument approach
NDB, compass locator, DME fix; or a named fix procedure that does not require the use of GPS. This
defined by a VOR radial, TACAN course, NDB restriction includes conducting a conventional
bearing, or compass locator bearing intersecting a approach at the alternate airport using a substitute
VOR or localizer course. means of navigation that is based upon the use of
GPS. For example, these restrictions would apply
2. Navigate to or from a VOR, TACAN, NDB,
when planning to use GPS equipment as a substitute
or compass locator.
means of navigation for an out−of−service VOR that
3. Hold over a VOR, TACAN, NDB, compass supports an ILS missed approach procedure at an
locator, or DME fix. alternate airport. In this case, some other approach
not reliant upon the use of GPS must be available.
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using TSO−C145/−C146 WAAS equipment. For the onset of GPS interference. Pilots may find
further WAAS guidance, see paragraph 1−1−18. cross−checks of other airborne systems (for example,
DME/DME/IRU or VOR) useful to mitigate this
1. For flight planning purposes, TSO-C129()
otherwise undetected hazard.
and TSO-C196() equipped users (GPS users) whose
navigation systems have fault detection and REFERENCE−
AIM Paragraph 1−1−17, Global Positioning System (GPS)
exclusion (FDE) capability, who perform a preflight AIM Paragraph 1−1−18, Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS)
RAIM prediction at the airport where the RNAV
b. During preflight planning, pilots should be
(GPS) approach will be flown, and have proper
particularly alert for NOTAMs which could affect
knowledge and any required training and/or approval
navigation (GPS or WAAS) along their route of
to conduct a GPS-based IAP, may file based on a
flight, such as Department of Defense electronic
GPS-based IAP at either the destination or the
signal tests with GPS.
alternate airport, but not at both locations. At the
REFERENCE−
alternate airport, pilots may plan for applicable AIM Paragraph 1−1−17, Global Positioning System (GPS)
alternate airport weather minimums using: AIM Paragraph 1−1−18, Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS)

(a) Lateral navigation (LNAV) or circling c. If the pilot experiences interruptions while
minimum descent altitude (MDA); navigating with GPS, the pilot and ATC may both
incur a higher workload. In the aircraft, the pilot may
(b) LNAV/vertical navigation (LNAV/ need to change to ground−based NAVAIDs (for
VNAV) DA, if equipped with and using approved example, DME/DME/IRU or VOR). If the pilot’s
barometric vertical navigation (baro-VNAV) equip- aircraft is under ATC radar or multilateration
ment; surveillance, ATC may be able to provide radar
(c) RNP 0.3 DA on an RNAV (RNP) IAP, if vectors out of the interference affected area or to an
they are specifically authorized users using approved alternate destination upon pilot request. An ADS−B
baro-VNAV equipment and the pilot has verified Out aircraft’s broadcast information may be incorrect
required navigation performance (RNP) availability and should not be relied upon for surveillance when
through an approved prediction program. interference or spoofing is suspected unless its
accuracy can be verified by independent means.
2. If the above conditions cannot be met, any During the approach phase, a pilot might elect to
required alternate airport must have an approved continue in visual conditions or may need to execute
instrument approach procedure other than GPS that is the published missed approach. If the published
anticipated to be operational and available at the missed approach procedure is GPS−based, the pilot
estimated time of arrival, and which the aircraft is will need alternate instructions. If the pilot were to
equipped to fly. choose to continue in visual conditions, the pilot
3. This restriction does not apply to could aid the controller by cancelling his/her IFR
TSO-C145() and TSO-C146() equipped users flight plan and proceeding to the airport to land. ATC
(WAAS users). For further WAAS guidance, see would cancel the pilot’s IFR clearance and issue a
paragraph 1−1−18. VFR squawk; freeing up the controller to handle
other aircraft.
1−2−4. Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers d. The FAA requests that pilots notify ATC if they
Recognizing Interference or Spoofing experience interruptions to their GPS navigation or
surveillance. GPS interference or outages associated
a. Pilots need to maintain position awareness with a known testing NOTAM should not be reported
while navigating. This awareness may be facilitated to ATC unless the interference/outage affects the
by keeping relevant ground−based, legacy naviga- pilot’s ability to navigate his/her aircraft.
tional aids tuned and available. By utilizing this
REFERENCE−
practice, situational awareness is promoted and AIM Paragraph 1−1−13, User Reports Requested on NAVAID or Global
guards against significant pilot delay in recognizing Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Performance or Interference.

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Chapter 2. Aeronautical Lighting and


Other Airport Visual Aids
Section 1. Airport Lighting Aids

2−1−1. Approach Light Systems (ALS) while the upper glide path, provided by the middle
and far bars, is normally 1/4 degree higher. This
a. ALS provide the basic means to transition from
higher glide path is intended for use only by high
instrument flight to visual flight for landing.
cockpit aircraft to provide a sufficient threshold
Operational requirements dictate the sophistication
crossing height. Although normal glide path angles
and configuration of the approach light system for a
are three degrees, angles at some locations may be as
particular runway.
high as 4.5 degrees to give proper obstacle clearance.
b. ALS are a configuration of signal lights starting Pilots of high performance aircraft are cautioned that
at the landing threshold and extending into the use of VASI angles in excess of 3.5 degrees may cause
approach area a distance of 2400−3000 feet for an increase in runway length required for landing and
precision instrument runways and 1400−1500 feet for rollout.
nonprecision instrument runways. Some systems
include sequenced flashing lights which appear to the 3. The basic principle of the VASI is that of color
pilot as a ball of light traveling towards the runway at differentiation between red and white. Each light unit
high speed (twice a second). (See FIG 2−1−1.) projects a beam of light having a white segment in the
upper part of the beam and red segment in the lower
2−1−2. Visual Glideslope Indicators part of the beam. The light units are arranged so that
the pilot using the VASIs during an approach will see
a. Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI) the combination of lights shown below.
1. VASI installations may consist of either 2, 4,
4. The VASI is a system of lights so arranged to
6, 12, or 16 light units arranged in bars referred to as
provide visual descent guidance information during
near, middle, and far bars. Most VASI installations
the approach to a runway. These lights are visible
consist of 2 bars, near and far, and may consist of 2,
from 3−5 miles during the day and up to 20 miles or
4, or 12 light units. Some VASIs consist of three bars,
more at night. The visual glide path of the VASI
near, middle, and far, which provide an additional
provides safe obstruction clearance within plus or
visual glide path to accommodate high cockpit
minus 10 degrees of the extended runway centerline
aircraft. This installation may consist of either 6 or
and to 4 NM from the runway threshold. Descent,
16 light units. VASI installations consisting of 2, 4, or
using the VASI, should not be initiated until the
6 light units are located on one side of the runway,
aircraft is visually aligned with the runway. Lateral
usually the left. Where the installation consists of
course guidance is provided by the runway or runway
12 or 16 light units, the units are located on both sides
lights. In certain circumstances, the safe obstruction
of the runway.
clearance area may be reduced by narrowing the
2. Two−bar VASI installations provide one beam width or shortening the usable distance due to
visual glide path which is normally set at 3 degrees. local limitations, or the VASI may be offset from the
Three−bar VASI installations provide two visual extended runway centerline. This will be noted in the
glide paths. The lower glide path is provided by the Chart Supplement U.S. and/or applicable notices to
near and middle bars and is normally set at 3 degrees airmen (NOTAM).

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5. For 2−bar VASI (4 light units) see FIG 2−1−2.

FIG 2−1−2
2−Bar VASI

Far Bar

= Red
Near Bar = White

Below Glide Path On Glide Path Above Glide Path

6. For 3−bar VASI (6 light units) see FIG 2−1−3.

FIG 2−1−3
3−Bar VASI

Far Bar

Middle Bar

Near Bar

Below Both On Lower On Upper Above Both


Glide Paths Glide Path Glide Path Glide Paths

7. For other VASI configurations see FIG 2−1−4.

FIG 2−1−4
VASI Variations

2 Bar 2 Bar 3 Bar


2 Light Units 12 Light Units 16 Light Units
On Glide Path On Glide Path on Lower Glide Path

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b. Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI). with the runway. The row of light units is normally
The precision approach path indicator (PAPI) uses installed on the left side of the runway and the glide
light units similar to the VASI but are installed in a path indications are as depicted. Lateral course
single row of either two or four light units. These guidance is provided by the runway or runway lights.
lights are visible from about 5 miles during the day In certain circumstances, the safe obstruction
and up to 20 miles at night. The visual glide path of clearance area may be reduced by narrowing the
the PAPI typically provides safe obstruction beam width or shortening the usable distance due to
clearance within plus or minus 10 degrees of the local limitations, or the PAPI may be offset from the
extended runway centerline and to 3.4 NM from the extended runway centerline. This will be noted in the
runway threshold. Descent, using the PAPI, should Chart Supplement U.S. and/or applicable NOTAMs.
not be initiated until the aircraft is visually aligned (See FIG 2−1−5.)
FIG 2−1−5
Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI)

High Slightly High On Glide Path Slightly Low Low


(More Than (3.2 Degrees) (3 Degrees) (2.8 Degrees) (Less Than
3,5 Degrees) 2.5 Degrees)
White

Red

c. Tri−color Systems. Tri−color visual approach the on glide path indication is green. These types of
slope indicators normally consist of a single light unit indicators have a useful range of approximately
projecting a three−color visual approach path into the one−half to one mile during the day and up to
final approach area of the runway upon which the five miles at night depending upon the visibility
indicator is installed. The below glide path indication conditions. (See FIG 2−1−6.)
is red, the above glide path indication is amber, and
FIG 2−1−6
Tri−Color Visual Approach Slope Indicator

Amber

Green
th
Pa
de
e Gli th
Amber
ov e Pa Red
Ab On Glid
ath
w G lide P
Belo

NOTE−
1. Since the tri−color VASI consists of a single light source which could possibly be confused with other light sources, pilots
should exercise care to properly locate and identify the light signal.

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2. When the aircraft descends from green to red, the pilot may see a dark amber color during the transition from green to
red.

FIG 2−1−7
Pulsating Visual Approach Slope Indicator

PULSATING WHITE

STEADY WHITE
th
e Pa
d
Gli
bove ath
A
i d eP STEADY RED
G l Path
On low Glide
tly Be
Sligh
ath
Glide P PULSATING RED
Below

Threshold

NOTE−
Since the PVASI consists of a single light source which could possibly be confused with other light sources, pilots should
exercise care to properly locate and identify the light signal.

FIG 2−1−8
Alignment of Elements

Above Glide Path On Glide Path Below Glide Path

d. Pulsating Systems. Pulsating visual ap- glide slope. The useful range of the system is about
proach slope indicators normally consist of a single four miles during the day and up to ten miles at night.
light unit projecting a two−color visual approach (See FIG 2−1−7.)
path into the final approach area of the runway upon
which the indicator is installed. The on glide path e. Alignment of Elements Systems. Alignment
indication is a steady white light. The slightly below of elements systems are installed on some small
glide path indication is a steady red light. If the general aviation airports and are a low−cost system
aircraft descends further below the glide path, the red consisting of painted plywood panels, normally black
light starts to pulsate. The above glide path indication and white or fluorescent orange. Some of these
is a pulsating white light. The pulsating rate increases systems are lighted for night use. The useful range of
as the aircraft gets further above or below the desired these systems is approximately three−quarter miles.

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To use the system the pilot positions the aircraft so the located along the runway centerline and are spaced at
elements are in alignment. The glide path indications 50−foot intervals. When viewed from the landing
are shown in FIG 2−1−8. threshold, the runway centerline lights are white until
the last 3,000 feet of the runway. The white lights
begin to alternate with red for the next 2,000 feet, and
2−1−3. Runway End Identifier Lights (REIL)
for the last 1,000 feet of the runway, all centerline
REILs are installed at many airfields to provide rapid lights are red.
and positive identification of the approach end of a b. Touchdown Zone Lights (TDZL). Touch-
particular runway. The system consists of a pair of down zone lights are installed on some precision
synchronized flashing lights located laterally on each approach runways to indicate the touchdown zone
side of the runway threshold. REILs may be either when landing under adverse visibility conditions.
omnidirectional or unidirectional facing the approach They consist of two rows of transverse light bars
area. They are effective for: disposed symmetrically about the runway centerline.
a. Identification of a runway surrounded by a The system consists of steady−burning white lights
preponderance of other lighting. which start 100 feet beyond the landing threshold and
extend to 3,000 feet beyond the landing threshold or
b. Identification of a runway which lacks contrast to the midpoint of the runway, whichever is less.
with surrounding terrain.
c. Taxiway Centerline Lead−Off Lights. Taxi-
c. Identification of a runway during reduced way centerline lead−off lights provide visual
visibility. guidance to persons exiting the runway. They are
color−coded to warn pilots and vehicle drivers that
2−1−4. Runway Edge Light Systems they are within the runway environment or
instrument landing system (ILS) critical area,
a. Runway edge lights are used to outline the whichever is more restrictive. Alternate green and
edges of runways during periods of darkness or yellow lights are installed, beginning with green,
restricted visibility conditions. These light systems from the runway centerline to one centerline light
are classified according to the intensity or brightness position beyond the runway holding position or ILS
they are capable of producing: they are the High critical area holding position.
Intensity Runway Lights (HIRL), Medium Intensity
Runway Lights (MIRL), and the Low Intensity d. Taxiway Centerline Lead−On Lights. Taxi-
Runway Lights (LIRL). The HIRL and MIRL way centerline lead−on lights provide visual
systems have variable intensity controls, whereas the guidance to persons entering the runway. These
LIRLs normally have one intensity setting. “lead−on” lights are also color−coded with the same
color pattern as lead−off lights to warn pilots and
b. The runway edge lights are white, except on vehicle drivers that they are within the runway
instrument runways yellow replaces white on the last environment or instrument landing system (ILS)
2,000 feet or half the runway length, whichever is critical area, whichever is more conservative. The
less, to form a caution zone for landings. fixtures used for lead−on lights are bidirectional, i.e.,
c. The lights marking the ends of the runway emit one side emits light for the lead−on function while the
red light toward the runway to indicate the end of other side emits light for the lead−off function. Any
runway to a departing aircraft and emit green outward fixture that emits yellow light for the lead−off
from the runway end to indicate the threshold to function must also emit yellow light for the lead−on
landing aircraft. function. (See FIG 2−1−14.)
e. Land and Hold Short Lights. Land and hold
2−1−5. In−runway Lighting short lights are used to indicate the hold short point on
certain runways which are approved for Land and
a. Runway Centerline Lighting System Hold Short Operations (LAHSO). Land and hold
(RCLS). Runway centerline lights are installed on short lights consist of a row of pulsing white lights
some precision approach runways to facilitate installed across the runway at the hold short point.
landing under adverse visibility conditions. They are Where installed, the lights will be on anytime

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LAHSO is in effect. These lights will be off when 1. REL Operating Characteristics − Departing
LAHSO is not in effect. Aircraft:
REFERENCE−
AIM, Paragraph 4−3−11 , Pilot Responsibilities When Conducting Land
When a departing aircraft reaches a site adaptable
and Hold Short Operations (LAHSO) speed of approximately 30 knots, all taxiway
intersections with REL arrays along the runway
ahead of the aircraft will illuminate (see FIG 2−1−9).
2−1−6. Runway Status Light (RWSL)
As the aircraft approaches an REL equipped taxiway
System
intersection, the lights at that intersection extinguish
a. Introduction. approximately 3 to 4 seconds before the aircraft
reaches it. This allows controllers to apply
RWSL is a fully automated system that provides “anticipated separation” to permit ATC to move
runway status information to pilots and surface traffic more expeditiously without compromising
vehicle operators to clearly indicate when it is unsafe safety. After the aircraft is declared “airborne” by the
to enter, cross, takeoff from, or land on a runway. The system, all REL lights associated with this runway
RWSL system processes information from surveil- will extinguish.
lance systems and activates Runway Entrance Lights
(REL), Takeoff Hold Lights (THL), Runway 2. REL Operating Characteristics − Arriving
Intersection Lights (RIL), and Final Approach Aircraft:
Runway Occupancy Signal (FAROS) in accordance When an aircraft on final approach is approximately
with the position and velocity of the detected surface 1 mile from the runway threshold, all sets of taxiway
traffic and approach traffic. REL, THL, and RIL are REL light arrays that intersect the runway illuminate.
in-pavement light fixtures that are directly visible to The distance is adjustable and can be configured for
pilots and surface vehicle operators. FAROS alerts specific operations at particular airports. Lights
arriving pilots that the approaching runway is extinguish at each equipped taxiway intersection
occupied by flashing the Precision Approach Path approximately 3 to 4 seconds before the aircraft
Indicator (PAPI). FAROS may be implemented as an reaches it to apply anticipated separation until the
add-on to the RWSL system or implemented as a aircraft has slowed to approximately 80 knots (site
stand-alone system at airports without a RWSL adjustable parameter). Below 80 knots, all arrays that
system. RWSL is an independent safety enhancement are not within 30 seconds of the aircraft’s forward
that does not substitute for or convey an ATC path are extinguished. Once the arriving aircraft
clearance. Clearance to enter, cross, takeoff from, slows to approximately 34 knots (site adjustable
land on, or operate on a runway must still be received parameter), it is declared to be in a taxi state, and all
from ATC. Although ATC has limited control over lights extinguish.
the system, personnel do not directly use and may not
be able to view light fixture activations and 3. What a pilot would observe: A pilot at or
deactivations during the conduct of daily ATC approaching the hold line to a runway will observe
operations. RELs illuminate and extinguish in reaction to an
aircraft or vehicle operating on the runway, or an
b. Runway Entrance Lights (REL): The REL arriving aircraft operating less than 1 mile from the
system is composed of flush mounted, in-pavement, runway threshold.
unidirectional light fixtures that are parallel to and
focused along the taxiway centerline and directed 4. When a pilot observes the red lights of the
toward the pilot at the hold line. An array of REL REL, that pilot will stop at the hold line or remain
lights include the first light at the hold line followed stopped. The pilot will then contact ATC for
by a series of evenly spaced lights to the runway edge; resolution if the clearance is in conflict with the
one additional light at the runway centerline is in line lights. Should pilots note illuminated lights under
with the last two lights before the runway edge (see circumstances when remaining clear of the runway is
FIG 2−1−9 and FIG 2−1−12). When activated, the impractical for safety reasons (for example, aircraft
red lights indicate that there is high speed traffic on is already on the runway), the crew should proceed
the runway or there is an aircraft on final approach according to their best judgment while understanding
within the activation area. the illuminated lights indicate the runway is unsafe to

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enter or cross. Contact ATC at the earliest possible


opportunity.
FIG 2−1−9
Runway Status Light System

c. Takeoff Hold Lights (THL) : The THL system (see FIG 2−1−9.) Once that aircraft or vehicle exits
is composed of flush mounted, in-pavement, the runway, the THLs extinguish. A pilot may notice
unidirectional light fixtures in a double longitudinal lights extinguish prior to the downfield aircraft or
row aligned either side of the runway centerline vehicle being completely clear of the runway but still
lighting. Fixtures are focused toward the arrival end moving. Like RELs, THLs have an “anticipated
of the runway at the “line up and wait” point. THLs separation” feature.
extend for 1,500 feet in front of the holding aircraft NOTE−
starting at a point 375 feet from the departure When the THLs extinguish, this is not clearance to begin a
threshold (see FIG 2−1−13). Illuminated red lights takeoff roll. All takeoff clearances will be issued by ATC.
provide a signal, to an aircraft in position for takeoff 2. What a pilot would observe: A pilot in
or rolling, that it is unsafe to takeoff because the position to depart from a runway, or has begun takeoff
runway is occupied or about to be occupied by roll, will observe THLs illuminate in reaction to an
another aircraft or ground vehicle. Two aircraft, or a aircraft or vehicle on the runway or entering or
surface vehicle and an aircraft, are required for the crossing it. Lights will extinguish when the runway is
lights to illuminate. The departing aircraft must be in clear. A pilot may observe several cycles of
position for takeoff or beginning takeoff roll. Another illumination and extinguishing depending on the
aircraft or a surface vehicle must be on or about to amount of crossing traffic.
cross the runway.
3. When a pilot observes the red light of the
1. THL Operating Characteristics − Departing THLs, the pilot should safely stop if it’s feasible or
Aircraft: remain stopped. The pilot must contact ATC for
resolution if any clearance is in conflict with the
THLs will illuminate for an aircraft in position for lights. Should pilots note illuminated lights while in
departure or departing when there is another aircraft takeoff roll and under circumstances when stopping
or vehicle on the runway or about to enter the runway is impractical for safety reasons, the crew should

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proceed according to their best judgment while e. The Final Approach Runway Occupancy Signal
understanding the illuminated lights indicate that (FAROS) is communicated by flashing of the
continuing the takeoff is unsafe. Contact ATC at the Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) (see FIG
earliest possible opportunity. 2-1-9). When activated, the light fixtures of the PAPI
flash or pulse to indicate to the pilot on an approach
d. Runway Intersection Lights (RIL): The RIL that the runway is occupied and that it may be unsafe
system is composed of flush mounted, in−pavement, to land.
unidirectional light fixtures in a double longitudinal
row aligned either side of the runway centerline NOTE−
lighting in the same manner as THLs. Their FAROS is an independent automatic alerting system that
appearance to a pilot is similar to that of THLs. does not rely on ATC control or input.
Fixtures are focused toward the arrival end of the 1. FAROS Operating Characteristics:
runway, and they extend for 3,000 feet in front of an
aircraft that is approaching an intersecting runway. If an aircraft or surface vehicle occupies a FAROS
They end at the Land and Hold Short Operation equipped runway, the PAPI(s) on that runway will
(LASHO) light bar or the hold short line for the flash. The glide path indication will not be affected,
intersecting runway. and the allotment of red and white PAPI lights
observed by the pilot on approach will not change.
1. RIL Operating Characteristics − Departing The FAROS system will flash the PAPI when traffic
Aircraft: enters the runway and there is an aircraft on approach
and within 1.5 nautical miles of the landing threshold.
RILs will illuminate for an aircraft departing or in
position to depart when there is high speed traffic 2. What a pilot would observe: A pilot on
operating on the intersecting runway (see approach to the runway will observe the PAPI flash if
FIG 2−1−9). Note that there must be an aircraft or there is traffic on the runway and will notice the PAPI
vehicle in a position to observe the RILs for them to ceases to flash when the traffic moves outside the
illuminate. Once the conflicting traffic passes hold short lines for the runway.
through the intersection, the RILs extinguish.
3. When a pilot observes a flashing PAPI at 500
2. RIL Operating Characteristics − Arriving feet above ground level (AGL), the contact height,
Aircraft: the pilot must look for and acquire the traffic on the
runway. At 300 feet AGL, the pilot must contact ATC
RILs will illuminate for an aircraft that has landed and
for resolution if the FAROS indication is in conflict
is rolling out when there is high speed traffic on the
with the clearance. If the PAPI continues to flash, the
intersecting runway that is 5 seconds of meeting at
pilot must execute an immediate “go around” and
the intersection. Once the conflicting traffic passes
contact ATC at the earliest possible opportunity.
through the intersection, the RILs extinguish.
f. Pilot Actions:
3. What a pilot would observe: A pilot departing
or arriving will observe RILs illuminate in reaction to 1. When operating at airports with RWSL, pilots
the high speed traffic operation on the intersecting will operate with the transponder “On” when
runway. The lights will extinguish when that traffic departing the gate or parking area until it is shutdown
has passed through the runway intersection. upon arrival at the gate or parking area. This ensures
interaction with the FAA surveillance systems such
4. Whenever a pilot observes the red light of the
as ASDE-X/Airport Surface Surveillance Capability
RIL array, the pilot will stop before the LAHSO stop (ASSC) which provide information to the RWSL
bar or the hold line for the intersecting runway. If a system.
departing aircraft is already at high speed in the
takeoff roll when the RILs illuminate, it may be 2. Pilots must always inform the ATCT when
impractical to stop for safety reasons. The crew they have either stopped, are verifying a landing
should safely operate according to their best clearance, or are executing a go-around due to RWSL
judgment while understanding the illuminated lights or FAROS indication that are in conflict with ATC
indicate that continuing the takeoff is unsafe. Contact instructions. Pilots must request clarification of the
ATC at the earliest possible opportunity. taxi, takeoff, or landing clearance.

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3. Never cross over illuminated red lights. Automatic Terminal Information System (ATIS)
Under normal circumstances, RWSL will confirm the must be updated.
pilot’s taxi or takeoff clearance previously issued by
ATC. If RWSL indicates that it is unsafe to takeoff 2−1−7. Stand-Alone Final Approach
from, land on, cross, or enter a runway, immediately Runway Occupancy Signal (FAROS)
notify ATC of the conflict and re-confirm the
clearance. a. Introduction:
4. Do not proceed when lights have extin- The stand-alone FAROS system is a fully automated
guished without an ATC clearance. RWSL verifies an system that provides runway occupancy status to
ATC clearance; it does not substitute for an ATC pilots on final approach to indicate whether it may be
clearance. unsafe to land. When an aircraft or vehicle is detected
on the runway, the Precision Approach Path Indicator
5. Never land if PAPI continues to flash. (PAPI) light fixtures flash as a signal to indicate that
Execute a go around and notify ATC. the runway is occupied and that it may be unsafe to
g. ATC Control of RWSL System: land. The stand-alone FAROS system is activated by
localized or comprehensive sensors detecting aircraft
1. Controllers can set in−pavement lights to one
or ground vehicles occupying activation zones.
of five (5) brightness levels to assure maximum
conspicuity under all visibility and lighting condi- The stand-alone FAROS system monitors specific
tions. REL, THL, and RIL subsystems may be areas of the runway, called activation zones, to
independently set. determine the presence of aircraft or ground vehicles
in the zone (see FIG 2−1−10). These activation zones
2. System lights can be disabled should RWSL
are defined as areas on the runway that are frequently
operations impact the efficient movement of air
occupied by ground traffic during normal airport
traffic or contribute, in the opinion of the assigned
operations and could present a hazard to landing
ATC Manager, to unsafe operations. REL, THL, RIL,
aircraft. Activation zones may include the full-length
and FAROS light fixtures may be disabled separately.
departure position, the midfield departure position, a
Disabling of the FAROS subsystem does not
frequently crossed intersection, or the entire runway.
extinguish PAPI lights or impact its glide path
function. Whenever the system or a component is Pilots can refer to the airport specific FAROS pilot
disabled, a NOTAM must be issued, and the information sheet for activation zone configuration.
FIG 2−1−10
FAROS Activation Zones

Clearance to land on a runway must be issued by Air control over the system and may not be able to view
Traffic Control (ATC). ATC personnel have limited the FAROS signal.

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b. Operating Characteristics: A pilot on departure from the runway should


disregard any observations of flashing PAPI lights.
If an aircraft or ground vehicle occupies an activation
zone on the runway, the PAPI light fixtures on that d. Pilot Actions:
runway will flash. The glide path indication is not
affected, i.e. the configuration of red and white PAPI When a pilot observes a flashing PAPI at 500 feet
lights observed by the pilot on approach does not above ground level (AGL), the pilot must look for and
change. The stand-alone FAROS system flashes the attempt to acquire the traffic on the runway. At 300
PAPI lights when traffic occupies an activation zone feet AGL, the pilot must contact ATC for resolution
whether or not there is an aircraft on approach. if the FAROS indication is in conflict with the
clearance (see FIG 2−1−11). If the PAPI lights
c. Pilot Observations:
continue to flash and the pilot cannot visually
A pilot on approach to the runway observes the PAPI determine that it is safe to land, the pilot must execute
lights flashing if there is traffic on the runway an immediate “go around”. As with operations at
activation zones and notices the PAPI lights cease to non-FAROS airports, it is always the pilot’s
flash when the traffic moves outside the activation responsibility to determine whether or not it is safe to
zones. continue with the approach and to land on the runway.
FIG 2−1−11
FAROS Glide Slope Action Points

Pilots should inform the ATCT when they have flashing lights (SFL) may be turned on and off. Some
executed a go around due to a FAROS indication that sequenced flashing light systems also have intensity
is in conflict with ATC instructions. control.
NOTE−
At this time, the stand-alone FAROS system is not widely 2−1−9. Pilot Control of Airport Lighting
implemented and is used for evaluation purposes.
Radio control of lighting is available at selected
2−1−8. Control of Lighting Systems airports to provide airborne control of lights by
keying the aircraft’s microphone. Control of lighting
a. Operation of approach light systems and
systems is often available at locations without
runway lighting is controlled by the control tower
specified hours for lighting and where there is no
(ATCT). At some locations the FSS may control the
control tower or FSS or when the tower or FSS is
lights where there is no control tower in operation.
closed (locations with a part−time tower or FSS) or
b. Pilots may request that lights be turned on or off. specified hours. All lighting systems which are radio
Runway edge lights, in−pavement lights and controlled at an airport, whether on a single runway
approach lights also have intensity controls which or multiple runways, operate on the same radio
may be varied to meet the pilots request. Sequenced frequency. (See TBL 2−1−1 and TBL 2−1−2.)

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FIG 2−1−12
Runway Entrance Lights

FIG 2−1−13
Takeoff Hold Lights

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FIG 2−1−14
Taxiway Lead−On Light Configuration

TBL 2−1−1
Runways With Approach Lights

No. of Int. Status During Intensity Step Selected Per No. of Mike Clicks
Lighting System
Steps Nonuse Period
3 Clicks 5 Clicks 7 Clicks
Approach Lights (Med. Int.) 2 Off Low Low High
Approach Lights (Med. Int.) 3 Off Low Med High
MIRL 3 Off or Low u u u
HIRL 5 Off or Low u u u
VASI 2 Off L L L
NOTES: u Predetermined intensity step.
L Low intensity for night use. High intensity for day use as determined by photocell control.

TBL 2−1−2
Runways Without Approach Lights

No. of Int. Status During Intensity Step Selected Per No. of Mike Clicks
Lighting System
Steps Nonuse Period
3 Clicks 5 Clicks 7 Clicks
MIRL 3 Off or Low Low Med. High
HIRL 5 Off or Low Step 1 or 2 Step 3 Step 5
LIRL 1 Off On On On
VASIL 2 Off u u u
REILL 1 Off Off On/Off On
REILL 3 Off Low Med. High
NOTES: u Low intensity for night use. High intensity for day use as determined by photocell control.
L The control of VASI and/or REIL may be independent of other lighting systems.

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a. With FAA approved systems, various combina- TBL 2−1−3


tions of medium intensity approach lights, runway Radio Control System
lights, taxiway lights, VASI and/or REIL may be Key Mike Function
activated by radio control. On runways with both 7 times within 5 seconds Highest intensity available
approach lighting and runway lighting (runway edge
5 times within 5 seconds Medium or lower intensity
lights, taxiway lights, etc.) systems, the approach (Lower REIL or REIL−off)
lighting system takes precedence for air−to−ground 3 times within 5 seconds Lowest intensity available
radio control over the runway lighting system which (Lower REIL or REIL−off)
is set at a predetermined intensity step, based on
expected visibility conditions. Runways without d. For all public use airports with FAA standard
approach lighting may provide radio controlled systems the Chart Supplement U.S. contains the types
intensity adjustments of runway edge lights. Other of lighting, runway and the frequency that is used to
lighting systems, including VASI, REIL, and taxiway activate the system. Airports with IAPs include data
lights may be either controlled with the runway edge on the approach chart identifying the light system, the
lights or controlled independently of the runway edge runway on which they are installed, and the frequency
lights. that is used to activate the system.
NOTE−
Although the CTAF is used to activate the lights at many
b. The control system consists of a 3−step control airports, other frequencies may also be used. The
responsive to 7, 5, and/or 3 microphone clicks. This appropriate frequency for activating the lights on the
3−step control will turn on lighting facilities capable airport is provided in the Chart Supplement U.S. and the
of either 3−step, 2−step or 1−step operation. The standard instrument approach procedures publications. It
3−step and 2−step lighting facilities can be altered in is not identified on the sectional charts.
intensity, while the 1−step cannot. All lighting is e. Where the airport is not served by an IAP, it may
illuminated for a period of 15 minutes from the most have either the standard FAA approved control
recent time of activation and may not be extinguished system or an independent type system of different
prior to end of the 15 minute period (except for 1−step specification installed by the airport sponsor. The
and 2−step REILs which may be turned off when Chart Supplement U.S. contains descriptions of pilot
desired by keying the mike 5 or 3 times respectively). controlled lighting systems for each airport having
other than FAA approved systems, and explains the
c. Suggested use is to always initially key the mike type lights, method of control, and operating
7 times; this assures that all controlled lights are frequency in clear text.
turned on to the maximum available intensity. If
desired, adjustment can then be made, where the 2−1−10. Airport/Heliport Beacons
capability is provided, to a lower intensity (or the a. Airport and heliport beacons have a vertical
REIL turned off) by keying 5 and/or 3 times. Due to light distribution to make them most effective from
the close proximity of airports using the same one to ten degrees above the horizon; however, they
frequency, radio controlled lighting receivers may be can be seen well above and below this peak spread.
set at a low sensitivity requiring the aircraft to be The beacon may be an omnidirectional capacitor−dis-
relatively close to activate the system. Consequently, charge device, or it may rotate at a constant speed
even when lights are on, always key mike as directed which produces the visual effect of flashes at regular
when overflying an airport of intended landing or just intervals. Flashes may be one or two colors
prior to entering the final segment of an approach. alternately. The total number of flashes are:
This will assure the aircraft is close enough to activate
the system and a full 15 minutes lighting duration is 1. 24 to 30 per minute for beacons marking
available. Approved lighting systems may be airports, landmarks, and points on Federal airways.
activated by keying the mike (within 5 seconds) as 2. 30 to 45 per minute for beacons marking
indicated in TBL 2−1−3. heliports.

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b. The colors and color combinations of beacons portions, on the centerline of curved portions, and
are: along designated taxiing paths in portions of
runways, ramp, and apron areas. Taxiway centerline
1. White and Green− Lighted land airport.
lights are steady burning and emit green light.
2. *Green alone− Lighted land airport.
c. Clearance Bar Lights. Clearance bar lights
3. White and Yellow− Lighted water airport. are installed at holding positions on taxiways in order
4. *Yellow alone− Lighted water airport. to increase the conspicuity of the holding position in
low visibility conditions. They may also be installed
5. Green, Yellow, and White− Lighted heliport. to indicate the location of an intersecting taxiway
NOTE− during periods of darkness. Clearance bars consist of
*Green alone or yellow alone is used only in connection three in−pavement steady−burning yellow lights.
with a white−and−green or white−and−yellow beacon
display, respectively. d. Runway Guard Lights. Runway guard lights
c. Military airport beacons flash alternately white are installed at taxiway/runway intersections. They
and green, but are differentiated from civil beacons are primarily used to enhance the conspicuity of
by dualpeaked (two quick) white flashes between the taxiway/runway intersections during low visibility
green flashes. conditions, but may be used in all weather conditions.
Runway guard lights consist of either a pair of
d. In Class B, Class C, Class D and Class E surface elevated flashing yellow lights installed on either side
areas, operation of the airport beacon during the hours of the taxiway, or a row of in−pavement yellow lights
of daylight often indicates that the ground visibility installed across the entire taxiway, at the runway
is less than 3 miles and/or the ceiling is less than holding position marking.
1,000 feet. ATC clearance in accordance with
14 CFR Part 91 is required for landing, takeoff and NOTE−
Some airports may have a row of three or five in−pavement
flight in the traffic pattern. Pilots should not rely
yellow lights installed at taxiway/runway intersections.
solely on the operation of the airport beacon to They should not be confused with clearance bar lights
indicate if weather conditions are IFR or VFR. At described in paragraph 2−1−11 c, Clearance Bar Lights.
some locations with operating control towers, ATC
personnel turn the beacon on or off when controls are e. Stop Bar Lights. Stop bar lights, when
in the tower. At many airports the airport beacon is installed, are used to confirm the ATC clearance to
turned on by a photoelectric cell or time clocks and enter or cross the active runway in low visibility
ATC personnel cannot control them. There is no conditions (below 1,200 ft Runway Visual Range). A
regulatory requirement for daylight operation and it stop bar consists of a row of red, unidirectional,
is the pilot’s responsibility to comply with proper steady−burning in−pavement lights installed across
preflight planning as required by 14 CFR the entire taxiway at the runway holding position, and
Section 91.103. elevated steady−burning red lights on each side. A
controlled stop bar is operated in conjunction with the
taxiway centerline lead−on lights which extend from
2−1−11. Taxiway Lights
the stop bar toward the runway. Following the ATC
a. Taxiway Edge Lights. Taxiway edge lights are clearance to proceed, the stop bar is turned off and the
used to outline the edges of taxiways during periods lead−on lights are turned on. The stop bar and lead−on
of darkness or restricted visibility conditions. These lights are automatically reset by a sensor or backup
fixtures emit blue light. timer.
NOTE− CAUTION−
At most major airports these lights have variable intensity Pilots should never cross a red illuminated stop bar, even
settings and may be adjusted at pilot request or when if an ATC clearance has been given to proceed onto or
deemed necessary by the controller. across the runway.
b. Taxiway Centerline Lights. Taxiway center- NOTE−
line lights are used to facilitate ground traffic under If after crossing a stop bar, the taxiway centerline lead−on
low visibility conditions. They are located along the lights inadvertently extinguish, pilots should hold their
taxiway centerline in a straight line on straight position and contact ATC for further instructions.

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Section 2. Air Navigation and Obstruction Lighting

2−2−1. Aeronautical Light Beacons 1. Aviation Red Obstruction Lights. Flash-


ing aviation red beacons (20 to 40 flashes per minute)
a. An aeronautical light beacon is a visual and steady burning aviation red lights during
NAVAID displaying flashes of white and/or colored nighttime operation. Aviation orange and white paint
light to indicate the location of an airport, a heliport, is used for daytime marking.
a landmark, a certain point of a Federal airway in
2. Medium Intensity Flashing White
mountainous terrain, or an obstruction. The light used
Obstruction Lights. Medium intensity flashing
may be a rotating beacon or one or more flashing
white obstruction lights may be used during daytime
lights. The flashing lights may be supplemented by
and twilight with automatically selected reduced
steady burning lights of lesser intensity.
intensity for nighttime operation. When this system
b. The color or color combination displayed by a is used on structures 500 feet (153m) AGL or less in
particular beacon and/or its auxiliary lights tell height, other methods of marking and lighting the
whether the beacon is indicating a landing place, structure may be omitted. Aviation orange and white
landmark, point of the Federal airways, or an paint is always required for daytime marking on
obstruction. Coded flashes of the auxiliary lights, if structures exceeding 500 feet (153m) AGL. This
employed, further identify the beacon site. system is not normally installed on structures less
than 200 feet (61m) AGL.
3. High Intensity White Obstruction Lights.
2−2−2. Code Beacons and Course Lights Flashing high intensity white lights during daytime
with reduced intensity for twilight and nighttime
a. Code Beacons. The code beacon, which can be operation. When this type system is used, the marking
seen from all directions, is used to identify airports of structures with red obstruction lights and aviation
and landmarks. The code beacon flashes the three or orange and white paint may be omitted.
four character airport identifier in International
4. Dual Lighting. A combination of flashing
Morse Code six to eight times per minute. Green
aviation red beacons and steady burning aviation red
flashes are displayed for land airports while yellow
lights for nighttime operation and flashing high
flashes indicate water airports.
intensity white lights for daytime operation. Aviation
b. Course Lights. The course light, which can be orange and white paint may be omitted.
seen clearly from only one direction, is used only with 5. Catenary Lighting. Lighted markers are
rotating beacons of the Federal Airway System: available for increased night conspicuity of high−
two course lights, back to back, direct coded flashing voltage (69KV or higher) transmission line catenary
beams of light in either direction along the course of wires. Lighted markers provide conspicuity both day
airway. and night.
NOTE− b. Medium intensity omnidirectional flashing
Airway beacons are remnants of the “lighted” airways white lighting system provides conspicuity both day
which antedated the present electronically equipped and night on catenary support structures. The unique
federal airways system. Only a few of these beacons exist sequential/simultaneous flashing light system alerts
today to mark airway segments in remote mountain areas. pilots of the associated catenary wires.
Flashes in Morse code identify the beacon site.
c. High intensity flashing white lights are being
used to identify some supporting structures of
2−2−3. Obstruction Lights overhead transmission lines located across rivers,
chasms, gorges, etc. These lights flash in a middle,
a. Obstructions are marked/lighted to warn airmen top, lower light sequence at approximately 60 flashes
of their presence during daytime and nighttime per minute. The top light is normally installed near
conditions. They may be marked/lighted in any of the the top of the supporting structure, while the lower
following combinations: light indicates the approximate lower portion of the

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wire span. The lights are beamed towards the and towers, as obstructions to air navigation. The
companion structure and identify the area of the wire lights provide a 360 degree coverage about the
span. structure at 40 flashes per minute and consist of from
one to seven levels of lights depending upon the
d. High intensity flashing white lights are also height of the structure. Where more than one level is
employed to identify tall structures, such as chimneys used the vertical banks flash simultaneously.

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Section 3. Airport Marking Aids and Signs

2−3−1. General 2−3−2. Airport Pavement Markings

a. Airport pavement markings and signs provide a. General. For the purpose of this presentation
information that is useful to a pilot during takeoff, the Airport Pavement Markings have been grouped
landing, and taxiing. into four areas:
1. Runway Markings.
b. Uniformity in airport markings and signs from
one airport to another enhances safety and improves 2. Taxiway Markings.
efficiency. Pilots are encouraged to work with the
3. Holding Position Markings.
operators of the airports they use to achieve the
marking and sign standards described in this section. 4. Other Markings.

c. Pilots who encounter ineffective, incorrect, or b. Marking Colors. Markings for runways are
confusing markings or signs on an airport should white. Markings defining the landing area on a
make the operator of the airport aware of the problem. heliport are also white except for hospital heliports
These situations may also be reported under the which use a red “H” on a white cross. Markings for
Aviation Safety Reporting Program as described in taxiways, areas not intended for use by aircraft
Paragraph 7−6−1, Aviation Safety Reporting Pro- (closed and hazardous areas), and holding positions
gram. Pilots may also report these situations to the (even if they are on a runway) are yellow.
FAA regional airports division.
2−3−3. Runway Markings
d. The markings and signs described in this
section of the AIM reflect the current FAA a. General. There are three types of markings for
recommended standards. runways: visual, nonprecision instrument, and
precision instrument. TBL 2−3−1 identifies the
REFERENCE−
AC 150/5340−1, Standards for Airport Markings.
marking elements for each type of runway and
AC 150/5340−18, Standards for Airport Sign Systems. TBL 2−3−2 identifies runway threshold markings.

TBL 2−3−1
Runway Marking Elements
Nonprecision Precision
Marking Element Visual Runway Instrument Instrument
Runway Runway
Designation X X X
Centerline X X X
Threshold X1 X X
Aiming Point X2 X X
Touchdown Zone X
Side Stripes X
1 On runways used, or intended to be used, by international commercial transports.
2 On runways 4,000 feet (1200 m) or longer used by jet aircraft.

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FIG 2−3−1
Precision Instrument Runway Markings

b. Runway Designators. Runway numbers and d. Runway Aiming Point Marking. The aiming
letters are determined from the approach direction. point marking serves as a visual aiming point for a
The runway number is the whole number nearest landing aircraft. These two rectangular markings
one-tenth the magnetic azimuth of the centerline of consist of a broad white stripe located on each side of
the runway, measured clockwise from the magnetic the runway centerline and approximately 1,000 feet
north. The letters, differentiate between left (L), from the landing threshold, as shown in FIG 2−3−1,
right (R), or center (C), parallel runways, as Precision Instrument Runway Markings.
applicable: e. Runway Touchdown Zone Markers. The
1. For two parallel runways “L” “R.” touchdown zone markings identify the touchdown
zone for landing operations and are coded to provide
2. For three parallel runways “L” “C” “R.” distance information in 500 feet (150m) increments.
c. Runway Centerline Marking. The runway These markings consist of groups of one, two, and
centerline identifies the center of the runway and three rectangular bars symmetrically arranged in
provides alignment guidance during takeoff and pairs about the runway centerline, as shown in
landings. The centerline consists of a line of FIG 2−3−1, Precision Instrument Runway Markings.
uniformly spaced stripes and gaps. For runways having touchdown zone markings on
both ends, those pairs of markings which extend to
within 900 feet (270m) of the midpoint between the
thresholds are eliminated.

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12/10/15 AIM

FIG 2−3−2
Nonprecision Instrument Runway and Visual Runway Markings

AIMING POINT
MARKING

20
DESIGNATION PAVEMENT EDGE
THRESHOLD THRESHOLD MARKING
MARKINGS
NONPRECISION INSTRUMENT RUNWAY MARKINGS

AIMING POINT
MARKING
20

DESIGNATION MARKING

PAVEMENT EDGE
THRESHOLD
VISUAL RUNWAY MARKINGS

f. Runway Side Stripe Marking. Runway side dimensions disposed symmetrically about the
stripes delineate the edges of the runway. They runway centerline, as shown in FIG 2−3−1, or the
provide a visual contrast between runway and the number of stripes is related to the runway width as
abutting terrain or shoulders. Side stripes consist of indicated in TBL 2−3−2. A threshold marking helps
continuous white stripes located on each side of the identify the beginning of the runway that is available
runway as shown in FIG 2−3−4. for landing. In some instances the landing threshold
may be relocated or displaced.
g. Runway Shoulder Markings. Runway shoul-
der stripes may be used to supplement runway side TBL 2−3−2
stripes to identify pavement areas contiguous to the Number of Runway Threshold Stripes
runway sides that are not intended for use by aircraft. Runway Width Number of Stripes
Runway Shoulder stripes are Yellow. 60 feet (18 m) 4
(See FIG 2−3−5.)
75 feet (23 m) 6
h. Runway Threshold Markings. Runway 100 feet (30 m) 8
threshold markings come in two configurations. They 150 feet (45 m) 12
either consist of eight longitudinal stripes of uniform 200 feet (60 m) 16

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1. Relocation of a Threshold. Sometimes located across the width of the runway at the
construction, maintenance, or other activities require displaced threshold. White arrows are located along
the threshold to be relocated towards the rollout end the centerline in the area between the beginning of the
of the runway. (See FIG 2−3−3.) When a threshold is runway and displaced threshold. White arrow heads
relocated, it closes not only a set portion of the are located across the width of the runway just prior
approach end of a runway, but also shortens the length to the threshold bar, as shown in FIG 2−3−4.
of the opposite direction runway. In these cases, a NOTE−
NOTAM should be issued by the airport operator Airport operator. When reporting the relocation or
identifying the portion of the runway that is closed, displacement of a threshold, the airport operator should
e.g., 10/28 W 900 CLSD. Because the duration of the avoid language which confuses the two.
relocation can vary from a few hours to several i. Demarcation Bar. A demarcation bar delin-
months, methods identifying the new threshold may eates a runway with a displaced threshold from a blast
vary. One common practice is to use a ten feet wide pad, stopway or taxiway that precedes the runway. A
white threshold bar across the width of the runway. demarcation bar is 3 feet (1m) wide and yellow, since
Although the runway lights in the area between the it is not located on the runway as shown in
old threshold and new threshold will not be FIG 2−3−6.
illuminated, the runway markings in this area may or
may not be obliterated, removed, or covered. 1. Chevrons. These markings are used to show
pavement areas aligned with the runway that are
unusable for landing, takeoff, and taxiing. Chevrons
2. Displaced Threshold. A displaced thresh-
are yellow. (See FIG 2−3−7.)
old is a threshold located at a point on the runway
other than the designated beginning of the runway. j. Runway Threshold Bar. A threshold bar
Displacement of a threshold reduces the length of delineates the beginning of the runway that is
runway available for landings. The portion of runway available for landing when the threshold has been
behind a displaced threshold is available for takeoffs relocated or displaced. A threshold bar is 10 feet (3m)
in either direction and landings from the opposite in width and extends across the width of the runway,
direction. A ten feet wide white threshold bar is as shown in FIG 2−3−4.

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FIG 2−3−3
Relocation of a Threshold with Markings for Taxiway Aligned with Runway

Airport Marking Aids and Signs 2−3−5


AIM 12/10/15

FIG 2−3−4
Displaced Threshold Markings

2−3−6 Airport Marking Aids and Signs


12/10/15 AIM

FIG 2−3−5 2. Enhanced Centerline. At some airports,


Runway Shoulder Markings mostly the larger commercial service airports, an
enhanced taxiway centerline will be used. The
enhanced taxiway centerline marking consists of a
SHOULDER RUNWAY SHOULDER parallel line of yellow dashes on either side of the
normal taxiway centerline. The taxiway centerlines
are enhanced for a maximum of 150 feet prior to a
45° 45°
runway holding position marking. The purpose of
this enhancement is to warn the pilot that he/she is
MIDPOINT OF approaching a runway holding position marking and
RUNWAY
should prepare to stop unless he/she has been cleared
onto or across the runway by ATC. (See FIG 2−3−8.)

c. Taxiway Edge Markings. Taxiway edge


markings are used to define the edge of the taxiway.
They are primarily used when the taxiway edge does
not correspond with the edge of the pavement. There
are two types of markings depending upon whether
the aircraft is supposed to cross the taxiway edge:

45° 45°
1. Continuous Markings. These consist of a
continuous double yellow line, with each line being
RUNWAY THRESHOLD at least 6 inches (15 cm) in width spaced 6 inches
(15 cm) apart. They are used to define the taxiway
edge from the shoulder or some other abutting paved
surface not intended for use by aircraft.

2−3−4. Taxiway Markings 2. Dashed Markings. These markings are


used when there is an operational need to define the
a. General. All taxiways should have centerline edge of a taxiway or taxilane on a paved surface
markings and runway holding position markings where the adjoining pavement to the taxiway edge is
whenever they intersect a runway. Taxiway edge intended for use by aircraft, e.g., an apron. Dashed
markings are present whenever there is a need to taxiway edge markings consist of a broken double
separate the taxiway from a pavement that is not yellow line, with each line being at least 6 inches
intended for aircraft use or to delineate the edge of the (15 cm) in width, spaced 6 inches (15 cm) apart (edge
taxiway. Taxiways may also have shoulder markings to edge). These lines are 15 feet (4.5 m) in length with
and holding position markings for Instrument 25 foot (7.5 m) gaps. (See FIG 2−3−9.)
Landing System (ILS) critical areas, and taxiway/
taxiway intersection markings. d. Taxi Shoulder Markings. Taxiways, holding
REFERENCE− bays, and aprons are sometimes provided with paved
AIM Paragraph 2−3−5 , Holding Position Markings shoulders to prevent blast and water erosion.
b. Taxiway Centerline. Although shoulders may have the appearance of full
strength pavement they are not intended for use by
1. Normal Centerline. The taxiway centerline aircraft, and may be unable to support an aircraft.
is a single continuous yellow line, 6 inches (15 cm) to Usually the taxiway edge marking will define this
12 inches (30 cm) in width. This provides a visual cue area. Where conditions exist such as islands or
to permit taxiing along a designated path. Ideally, the taxiway curves that may cause confusion as to which
aircraft should be kept centered over this line during side of the edge stripe is for use by aircraft, taxiway
taxi. However, being centered on the taxiway shoulder markings may be used to indicate the
centerline does not guarantee wingtip clearance with pavement is unusable. Taxiway shoulder markings
other aircraft or other objects. are yellow. (See FIG 2−3−10.)

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AIM 12/10/15

FIG 2−3−6
Markings for Blast Pad or Stopway or Taxiway Preceding a Displaced Threshold

2−3−8 Airport Marking Aids and Signs


12/10/15 AIM

FIG 2−3−7
Markings for Blast Pads and Stopways

Airport Marking Aids and Signs 2−3−9


AIM 12/10/15

FIG 2−3−8 to the left being on the left side of the taxiway
Enhanced Taxiway Centerline centerline and signs indicating turns to the right being
on the right side of the centerline. (See FIG 2−3−11.)

FIG 2−3−10
Taxi Shoulder Markings

RUNWAY

PAVEMENT EDGE

YELLOW STRIPES

TAXIWAY EDGE
MARKINGS

f. Surface Painted Location Signs. Surface


FIG 2−3−9
painted location signs have a black background with
Dashed Markings
a yellow inscription. When necessary, these markings
are used to supplement location signs located along
side the taxiway and assist the pilot in confirming the
DOUBLE
designation of the taxiway on which the aircraft is
YELLOW located. These markings are located on the right side
LINES of the centerline. (See FIG 2−3−11.)
g. Geographic Position Markings. These mark-
ings are located at points along low visibility taxi
routes designated in the airport’s Surface Movement
Guidance Control System (SMGCS) plan. They are
used to identify the location of taxiing aircraft during
low visibility operations. Low visibility operations
TAXIWAY EDGE TAXIWAY EDGE are those that occur when the runway visible
MARKINGS MARKINGS range (RVR) is below 1200 feet(360m). They are
CONTINUOUS DASHED positioned to the left of the taxiway centerline in the
direction of taxiing. (See FIG 2−3−12.) The
geographic position marking is a circle comprised of
an outer black ring contiguous to a white ring with a
e. Surface Painted Taxiway Direction pink circle in the middle. When installed on asphalt
Signs. Surface painted taxiway direction signs have or other dark-colored pavements, the white ring and
a yellow background with a black inscription, and are the black ring are reversed, i.e., the white ring
provided when it is not possible to provide taxiway becomes the outer ring and the black ring becomes the
direction signs at intersections, or when necessary to inner ring. It is designated with either a number or a
supplement such signs. These markings are located number and letter. The number corresponds to the
adjacent to the centerline with signs indicating turns consecutive position of the marking on the route.

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12/10/15 AIM

FIG 2−3−11
Surface Painted Signs

Airport Marking Aids and Signs 2−3−11


AIM 12/10/15

2−3−5. Holding Position Markings Areas. These markings are used at some airports
a. Runway Holding Position Markings. For where it is necessary to hold an aircraft on a taxiway
runways, these markings indicate where an aircraft is located in the approach or departure area of a runway
supposed to stop when approaching a runway. They so that the aircraft does not interfere with the
consist of four yellow lines, two solid and two dashed, operations on that runway. This marking is collocated
spaced six or twelve inches apart, and extending with the runway approach area holding position sign.
across the width of the taxiway or runway. The solid When specifically instructed by ATC “Hold short of
lines are always on the side where the aircraft is to (runway xx approach area)” the pilot should stop so
hold. There are three locations where runway holding no part of the aircraft extends beyond the holding
position markings are encountered. position marking. (See subparagraph 2−3−8b2,
1. Runway Holding Position Markings on Runway Approach Area Holding Position Sign, and
Taxiways. These markings identify the locations on FIG 2−3−15.)
a taxiway where an aircraft is supposed to stop when b. Holding Position Markings for Instrument
it does not have clearance to proceed onto the runway. Landing System (ILS). Holding position markings
Generally, runway holding position markings also for ILS critical areas consist of two yellow solid lines
identify the boundary of the runway safety area for spaced two feet apart connected by pairs of solid lines
aircraft exiting the runway. The runway holding spaced ten feet apart extending across the width of the
position markings are shown in FIG 2−3−13 and taxiway as shown. (See FIG 2−3−16.) A sign with an
FIG 2−3−16. When instructed by ATC to, “Hold short inscription in white on a red background is installed
of (runway “xx”),” the pilot must stop so that no part adjacent to these hold position markings. When the
of the aircraft extends beyond the runway holding ILS critical area is being protected, the pilot should
position marking. When approaching the runway, a stop so no part of the aircraft extends beyond the
pilot should not cross the runway holding position holding position marking. When approaching the
marking without ATC clearance at a controlled holding position marking, a pilot should not cross the
airport, or without making sure of adequate marking without ATC clearance. ILS critical area is
separation from other aircraft at uncontrolled not clear until all parts of the aircraft have crossed the
airports. An aircraft exiting a runway is not clear of applicable holding position marking.
the runway until all parts of the aircraft have crossed REFERENCE−
AIM, Paragraph 1−1−9 , Instrument Landing System (ILS)
the applicable holding position marking. c. Holding Position Markings for Taxiway/
REFERENCE−
AIM, Paragraph 4−3−20 , Exiting the Runway After Landing Taxiway Intersections. Holding position markings
2. Runway Holding Position Markings on for taxiway/taxiway intersections consist of a single
Runways. These markings are installed on runways dashed line extending across the width of the taxiway
only if the runway is normally used by air traffic as shown. (See FIG 2−3−17.) They are installed on
control for “land, hold short” operations or taxiing taxiways where air traffic control normally holds
operations and have operational significance only for aircraft short of a taxiway intersection. When
those two types of operations. A sign with a white instructed by ATC “hold short of (taxiway)” the pilot
inscription on a red background is installed adjacent should stop so no part of the aircraft extends beyond
to these holding position markings. (See the holding position marking. When the marking is
FIG 2−3−14.) The holding position markings are not present the pilot should stop the aircraft at a point
placed on runways prior to the intersection with which provides adequate clearance from an aircraft
another runway, or some designated point. Pilots on the intersecting taxiway.
receiving instructions “cleared to land, runway “xx”” d. Surface Painted Holding Position Signs.
from air traffic control are authorized to use the entire Surface painted holding position signs have a red
landing length of the runway and should disregard background with a white inscription and supplement
any holding position markings located on the runway. the signs located at the holding position. This type of
Pilots receiving and accepting instructions “cleared marking is normally used where the width of the
to land runway “xx,” hold short of runway “yy”” from holding position on the taxiway is greater than 200
air traffic control must either exit runway “xx,” or feet(60m). It is located to the left side of the taxiway
stop at the holding position prior to runway “yy.” centerline on the holding side and prior to the holding
3. Taxiways Located in Runway Approach position marking. (See FIG 2−3−11.)

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12/10/15 AIM

FIG 2−3−12
Geographic Position Markings

FIG 2−3−13
Runway Holding Position Markings on Taxiway

15

RUNWAY TAXIWAY/RUNWAY
HOLDING POSITION
MARKINGS

HOLDING
BAY
TAXIWAY

EXAMPLE OF HOLDING POSITION MARKINGS

EXTENDED ACROSS HOLDING BAY

Airport Marking Aids and Signs 2−3−13


AIM 12/10/15

FIG 2−3−14
Runway Holding Position Markings on Runways

2−3−14 Airport Marking Aids and Signs


12/10/15 AIM

FIG 2−3−15
Taxiways Located in Runway Approach Area

Airport Marking Aids and Signs 2−3−15


AIM 12/10/15

FIG 2−3−16
Holding Position Markings: ILS Critical Area

15
RUNWAY HOLDING
DETAIL 1 POSITION MARKINGS,
YELLOW, SEE
DETAIL 1

ILS HOLDING
POSITION MARKINGS,
YELLOW, SEE
DETAIL 2

ILS CRITICAL
AREA
DETAIL 2

2−3−6. Other Markings the middle; the arrow is aligned in the direction of the
checkpoint azimuth. This marking, and an associated
a. Vehicle Roadway Markings. The vehicle
sign, is located on the airport apron or taxiway at a
roadway markings are used when necessary to define
point selected for easy access by aircraft but where
a pathway for vehicle operations on or crossing areas
other airport traffic is not to be unduly obstructed.
that are also intended for aircraft. These markings
(See FIG 2−3−20.)
consist of a white solid line to delineate each edge of
the roadway and a dashed line to separate lanes within NOTE−
the edges of the roadway. In lieu of the solid lines, The associated sign contains the VOR station identification
zipper markings may be used to delineate the edges letter and course selected (published) for the check, the
of the vehicle roadway. (See FIG 2−3−18.) Details of words “VOR check course,” and DME data (when
applicable). The color of the letters and numerals are black
the zipper markings are shown in FIG 2−3−19.
on a yellow background.
b. VOR Receiver Checkpoint Markings. The EXAMPLE−
VOR receiver checkpoint marking allows the pilot to DCA 176−356
check aircraft instruments with navigational aid VOR check course
signals. It consists of a painted circle with an arrow in DME XXX

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12/10/15 AIM

FIG 2−3−17
Holding Position Markings: Taxiway/Taxiway Intersections

TAXIWAY HOLDING
POSITION MARKINGS,
YELLOW, SEE
DETAIL 1

DETAIL 1

FIG 2−3−18
Vehicle Roadway Markings

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AIM 12/10/15

FIG 2−3−19 FIG 2−3−20


Roadway Edge Stripes, White, Zipper Style Ground Receiver Checkpoint Markings

1 2

3
4
5

1. WHITE
2. YELLOW
3. YELLOW ARROW ALIGNED TOWARD THE FACILITY
4. INTERIOR OF CIRCLE BLACK (CONCRETE SURFACE ONLY)
5. CIRCLE MAY BE BORDERED ON INSIDE AND OUTSIDE WITH
6" BLACK BAND IF NECESSARY FOR CONTRAST

FIG 2−3−21
Nonmovement Area Boundary Markings

DASHED LINE ON
MOVEMENT SIDE BOTH LINES
ARE YELLOW

SOLID LINE ON
NONMOVEMENT
SIDE

FIG 2−3−22
Closed or Temporarily Closed Runway
and Taxiway Markings

c. Nonmovement Area Boundary Markings.


These markings delineate the movement area,
X 2

i.e., area under air traffic control. These markings are


yellow and located on the boundary between the d. Marking and Lighting of Permanently
movement and nonmovement area. The nonmove- Closed Runways and Taxiways. For runways and
ment area boundary markings consist of two yellow taxiways which are permanently closed, the lighting
lines (one solid and one dashed) 6 inches (15cm) in circuits will be disconnected. The runway threshold,
width. The solid line is located on the nonmovement runway designation, and touchdown markings are
area side while the dashed yellow line is located on obliterated and yellow crosses are placed at each end
the movement area side. The nonmovement of the runway and at 1,000 foot intervals.
boundary marking area is shown in FIG 2−3−21. (See FIG 2−3−22.)

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12/10/15 AIM

FIG 2−3−23
Helicopter Landing Areas

e. Temporarily Closed Runways and Taxiways. f. Helicopter Landing Areas. The markings
To provide a visual indication to pilots that a runway illustrated in FIG 2−3−23 are used to identify the
is temporarily closed, crosses are placed on the landing and takeoff area at a public use heliport and
runway only at each end of the runway. The crosses hospital heliport. The letter “H” in the markings is
are yellow in color. (See FIG 2−3−22.) oriented to align with the intended direction of
approach. FIG 2−3−23 also depicts the markings for
1. A raised lighted yellow cross may be placed
a closed airport.
on each runway end in lieu of the markings described
in subparagraph e,Temporarily Closed Runways and
Taxiways, to indicate the runway is closed.
2−3−7. Airport Signs
2. A visual indication may not be present
depending on the reason for the closure, duration of
There are six types of signs installed on airfields:
the closure, airfield configuration and the existence
mandatory instruction signs, location signs, direction
and the hours of operation of an airport traffic control
signs, destination signs, information signs, and
tower. Pilots should check NOTAMs and the
runway distance remaining signs. The characteristics
Automated Terminal Information System (ATIS) for
and use of these signs are discussed in Para-
local runway and taxiway closure information.
graph 2−3−8, Mandatory Instruction Signs, through
3. Temporarily closed taxiways are usually Paragraph 2−3−13, Runway Distance Remaining
treated as hazardous areas, in which no part of an Signs.
aircraft may enter, and are blocked with barricades.
REFERENCE−
However, as an alternative a yellow cross may be AC150/5340−18, Standards for Airport Sign Systems for Detailed
installed at each entrance to the taxiway. Information on Airport Signs.

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FIG 2−3−24
Runway Holding Position Sign

FIG 2−3−25
Holding Position Sign at Beginning of Takeoff Runway

2−3−8. Mandatory Instruction Signs runways. The inscription on the sign contains the
designation of the intersecting runway as shown in
a. These signs have a red background with a white
FIG 2−3−24. The runway numbers on the sign are
inscription and are used to denote:
arranged to correspond to the respective runway
1. An entrance to a runway or critical area and; threshold. For example, “15−33” indicates that the
2. Areas where an aircraft is prohibited from threshold for Runway 15 is to the left and the
entering. threshold for Runway 33 is to the right.

b. Typical mandatory signs and applications


(a) On taxiways that intersect the beginning
are:
of the takeoff runway, only the designation of the
1. Runway Holding Position Sign. This sign takeoff runway may appear on the sign as shown in
is located at the holding position on taxiways that FIG 2−3−25, while all other signs will have the
intersect a runway or on runways that intersect other designation of both runway directions.

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FIG 2−3−26
Holding Position Sign for a Taxiway that Intersects the Intersection of Two Runways

FIG 2−3−27
Holding Position Sign for a Runway Approach Area

(b) If the sign is located on a taxiway that position markings are described in paragraph 2−3−5,
intersects the intersection of two runways, the Holding Position Markings.
designations for both runways will be shown on the
sign along with arrows showing the approximate 2. Runway Approach Area Holding Position
alignment of each runway as shown in FIG 2−3−26. Sign. At some airports, it is necessary to hold an
In addition to showing the approximate runway aircraft on a taxiway located in the approach or
alignment, the arrow indicates the direction to the departure area for a runway so that the aircraft does
threshold of the runway whose designation is not interfere with operations on that runway. In these
immediately next to the arrow. situations, a sign with the designation of the approach
end of the runway followed by a “dash” (−) and letters
(c) A runway holding position sign on a “APCH” will be located at the holding position on the
taxiway will be installed adjacent to holding position taxiway. Holding position markings in accordance
markings on the taxiway pavement. On runways, with paragraph 2−3−5, Holding Position Markings,
holding position markings will be located only on the will be located on the taxiway pavement. An example
runway pavement adjacent to the sign, if the runway of this sign is shown in FIG 2−3−27. In this example,
is normally used by air traffic control for “Land, Hold the sign may protect the approach to Runway 15
Short” operations or as a taxiway. The holding and/or the departure for Runway 33.

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FIG 2−3−28
Holding Position Sign for ILS Critical Area

FIG 2−3−29
Sign Prohibiting Aircraft Entry into an Area

3. ILS Critical Area Holding Position 4. No Entry Sign. This sign, shown in
Sign. At some airports, when the instrument landing FIG 2−3−29, prohibits an aircraft from entering an
system is being used, it is necessary to hold an aircraft area. Typically, this sign would be located on a
on a taxiway at a location other than the holding taxiway intended to be used in only one direction or
position described in paragraph 2−3−5, Holding at the intersection of vehicle roadways with runways,
Position Markings. In these situations the holding taxiways or aprons where the roadway may be
position sign for these operations will have the mistaken as a taxiway or other aircraft movement
inscription “ILS” and be located adjacent to the surface.
holding position marking on the taxiway described in NOTE−
paragraph 2−3−5. An example of this sign is shown The holding position sign provides the pilot with a visual
in FIG 2−3−28. cue as to the location of the holding position marking. The
operational significance of holding position markings are
described in the notes for paragraph 2−3−5, Holding
Position Markings.

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FIG 2−3−30
Taxiway Location Sign

FIG 2−3−31
Taxiway Location Sign Collocated with Runway Holding Position Sign

2−3−9. Location Signs 1. Taxiway Location Sign. This sign has a


black background with a yellow inscription and
a. Location signs are used to identify either a
yellow border as shown in FIG 2−3−30. The
taxiway or runway on which the aircraft is located.
inscription is the designation of the taxiway on which
Other location signs provide a visual cue to pilots to
the aircraft is located. These signs are installed along
assist them in determining when they have exited an
taxiways either by themselves or in conjunction with
area. The various location signs are described below.
direction signs or runway holding position signs.
(See FIG 2−3−35 and FIG 2−3−31.)

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FIG 2−3−32
Runway Location Sign

FIG 2−3−33
Runway Boundary Sign

2. Runway Location Sign. This sign has a 3. Runway Boundary Sign. This sign has a
black background with a yellow inscription and yellow background with a black inscription with a
yellow border as shown in FIG 2−3−32. The graphic depicting the pavement holding position
inscription is the designation of the runway on which marking as shown in FIG 2−3−33. This sign, which
the aircraft is located. These signs are intended to faces the runway and is visible to the pilot exiting the
complement the information available to pilots runway, is located adjacent to the holding position
through their magnetic compass and typically are marking on the pavement. The sign is intended to
installed where the proximity of two or more runways provide pilots with another visual cue which they can
to one another could cause pilots to be confused as to use as a guide in deciding when they are “clear of the
which runway they are on. runway.”

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FIG 2−3−34
ILS Critical Area Boundary Sign

4. ILS Critical Area Boundary Sign. This taxiway designations by either a vertical message
sign has a yellow background with a black inscription divider or a taxiway location sign as shown in
with a graphic depicting the ILS pavement holding FIG 2−3−35.
position marking as shown in FIG 2−3−34. This sign
c. Direction signs are normally located on the left
is located adjacent to the ILS holding position
prior to the intersection. When used on a runway to
marking on the pavement and can be seen by pilots
indicate an exit, the sign is located on the same side
leaving the critical area. The sign is intended to
of the runway as the exit. FIG 2−3−36 shows a
provide pilots with another visual cue which they can
direction sign used to indicate a runway exit.
use as a guide in deciding when they are “clear of the
ILS critical area.” d. The taxiway designations and their associated
arrows on the sign are arranged clockwise starting
2−3−10. Direction Signs from the first taxiway on the pilot’s left.
(See FIG 2−3−35.)
a. Direction signs have a yellow background with
a black inscription. The inscription identifies the e. If a location sign is located with the direction
designation(s) of the intersecting taxiway(s) leading signs, it is placed so that the designations for all turns
out of the intersection that a pilot would normally be to the left will be to the left of the location sign; the
expected to turn onto or hold short of. Each designations for continuing straight ahead or for all
designation is accompanied by an arrow indicating turns to the right would be located to the right of the
the direction of the turn. location sign. (See FIG 2−3−35.)
b. Except as noted in subparagraph e, each f. When the intersection is comprised of only one
taxiway designation shown on the sign is accompa- crossing taxiway, it is permissible to have two arrows
nied by only one arrow. When more than one taxiway associated with the crossing taxiway as shown in
designation is shown on the sign each designation and FIG 2−3−37. In this case, the location sign is located
its associated arrow is separated from the other to the left of the direction sign.

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FIG 2−3−35
Direction Sign Array with Location Sign on Far Side of Intersection

FIG 2−3−36
Direction Sign for Runway Exit

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FIG 2−3−37
Direction Sign Array for Simple Intersection

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FIG 2−3−38
Destination Sign for Military Area

FIG 2−3−39
Destination Sign for Common Taxiing Route to Two Runways

2−3−11. Destination Signs areas, and fixed base operators. An abbreviation may
be used as the inscription on the sign for some of these
a. Destination signs also have a yellow back- destinations.
ground with a black inscription indicating a
destination on the airport. These signs always have an c. When the inscription for two or more
arrow showing the direction of the taxiing route to destinations having a common taxiing route are
that destination. FIG 2−3−38 is an example of a placed on a sign, the destinations are separated by a
typical destination sign. When the arrow on the “dot” () and one arrow would be used as shown in
destination sign indicates a turn, the sign is located FIG 2−3−39. When the inscription on a sign contains
prior to the intersection. two or more destinations having different taxiing
routes, each destination will be accompanied by an
b. Destinations commonly shown on these types arrow and will be separated from the other
of signs include runways, aprons, terminals, military destinations on the sign with a vertical black message
areas, civil aviation areas, cargo areas, international divider as shown in FIG 2−3−40.

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FIG 2−3−40
Destination Sign for Different Taxiing Routes to Two Runways

2−3−12. Information Signs FIG 2−3−41


Runway Distance Remaining Sign Indicating
Information signs have a yellow background with a 3,000 feet of Runway Remaining
black inscription. They are used to provide the pilot

3
with information on such things as areas that cannot
be seen from the control tower, applicable radio
frequencies, and noise abatement procedures. The
airport operator determines the need, size, and
location for these signs.

2−3−13. Runway Distance Remaining Signs

Runway distance remaining signs have a black


background with a white numeral inscription and
may be installed along one or both side(s) of the
runway. The number on the signs indicates the
distance (in thousands of feet) of landing runway
remaining. The last sign, i.e., the sign with the
numeral “1,” will be located at least 950 feet from the
runway end. FIG 2−3−41 shows an example of a
runway distance remaining sign.

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2−3−14. Aircraft Arresting Systems NOTE−


Aircraft operations on the runway are not restricted by the
installation of aircraft arresting devices.
a. Certain airports are equipped with a means of
c. Engineered materials arresting systems
rapidly stopping military aircraft on a runway. This
(EMAS). EMAS, which is constructed of high
equipment, normally referred to as EMERGENCY
energy−absorbing materials of selected strength, is
ARRESTING GEAR, generally consists of pendant
located in the safety area beyond the end of the
cables supported over the runway surface by rubber
runway. EMAS will be marked with Yellow
“donuts.” Although most devices are located in the
Chevrons. EMAS is designed to crush under the
overrun areas, a few of these arresting systems have
weight of commercial aircraft and will exert
cables stretched over the operational areas near the
deceleration forces on the landing gear. These
ends of a runway.
systems do not affect the normal landing and takeoff
of airplanes. More information concerning EMAS is
b. Arresting cables which cross over a runway in FAA Advisory Circular AC 150/5220−22,
require special markings on the runway to identify Engineered Materials Arresting Systems (EMAS) for
the cable location. These markings consist of 10 feet Aircraft Overruns.
diameter solid circles painted “identification yel- NOTE−
low,” 30 feet on center, perpendicular to the runway EMAS may be located as close as 35 feet beyond the end of
centerline across the entire runway width. Additional the runway. Aircraft and ground vehicles should never taxi
details are contained in AC 150/5220−9, Aircraft or drive across the EMAS or beyond the end of the runway
Arresting Systems for Joint Civil/Military Airports. if EMAS is present.

FIG 2−3−42
Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS)

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2−3−15. Security Identifications Display 2. Measures used to perform the access control
Area (Airport Ramp Area) functions required under CFR 49 Part
1542.201(b)(1);
a. Security Identification Display Areas (SIDA)
are limited access areas that require a badge issued in 3. Procedures to control movement within the
accordance with procedures in CFR 49 Part 1542. secured area, including identification media required
Movement through or into these areas is prohibited under CFR 49 Part 1542.201(b)(3); and
without proper identification being displayed. If you
are unsure of the location of a SIDA, contact the 4. A description of the notification signs
airport authority for additional information. Airports required under CFR 49 Part 1542.201(b)(6).
that have a SIDA must have the following
b. Pilots or passengers without proper identifica-
information available:
tion that are observed entering a SIDA (ramp area)
1. A description and map detailing boundaries may be reported to TSA or airport security. Pilots are
and pertinent features; advised to brief passengers accordingly.

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Chapter 3. Airspace
Section 1. General

3−1−1. General 3−1−2. General Dimensions of Airspace


Segments
a. There are two categories of airspace or airspace
Refer to Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs) for
areas:
specific dimensions, exceptions, geographical areas
1. Regulatory (Class A, B, C, D and E airspace covered, exclusions, specific transponder or equip-
areas, restricted and prohibited areas); and ment requirements, and flight operations.

2. Nonregulatory (military operations areas 3−1−3. Hierarchy of Overlapping Airspace


(MOAs), warning areas, alert areas, and controlled Designations
firing areas). a. When overlapping airspace designations apply
NOTE− to the same airspace, the operating rules associated
Additional information on special use airspace (prohibited with the more restrictive airspace designation apply.
areas, restricted areas, warning areas, MOAs, alert areas b. For the purpose of clarification:
and controlled firing areas) may be found in Chapter 3,
Airspace, Section 4, Special Use Airspace, para- 1. Class A airspace is more restrictive than
graphs 3−4−1 through 3−4−7. Class B, Class C, Class D, Class E, or Class G
airspace;
b. Within these two categories, there are four
types: 2. Class B airspace is more restrictive than
Class C, Class D, Class E, or Class G airspace;
1. Controlled, 3. Class C airspace is more restrictive than
Class D, Class E, or Class G airspace;
2. Uncontrolled,
4. Class D airspace is more restrictive than
3. Special use, and Class E or Class G airspace; and
5. Class E is more restrictive than Class G
4. Other airspace. airspace.
c. The categories and types of airspace are dictated
by: 3−1−4. Basic VFR Weather Minimums
a. No person may operate an aircraft under basic
1. The complexity or density of aircraft VFR when the flight visibility is less, or at a distance
movements, from clouds that is less, than that prescribed for the
corresponding altitude and class of airspace.
2. The nature of the operations conducted (See TBL 3−1−1.)
within the airspace,
NOTE−
Student pilots must comply with 14 CFR Section 61.89(a)
3. The level of safety required, and
(6) and (7).
4. The national and public interest. b. Except as provided in 14 CFR Section 91.157,
Special VFR Weather Minimums, no person may
d. It is important that pilots be familiar with the operate an aircraft beneath the ceiling under VFR
operational requirements for each of the various types within the lateral boundaries of controlled airspace
or classes of airspace. Subsequent sections will cover designated to the surface for an airport when the
each class in sufficient detail to facilitate ceiling is less than 1,000 feet. (See 14 CFR
understanding. Section 91.155(c).)

General 3−1−1
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TBL 3−1−1
Basic VFR Weather Minimums

Airspace Flight Visibility Distance from Clouds


Class A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Not Applicable Not Applicable
Class B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 statute miles Clear of Clouds
Class C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 statute miles 500 feet below
1,000 feet above
2,000 feet horizontal
Class D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 statute miles 500 feet below
1,000 feet above
2,000 feet horizontal
Class E
Less than 10,000 feet MSL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 statute miles 500 feet below
1,000 feet above
2,000 feet horizontal
At or above 10,000 feet MSL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 statute miles 1,000 feet below
1,000 feet above
1 statute mile horizontal
Class G
1,200 feet or less above the surface (regardless of MSL
altitude).
Day, except as provided in section 91.155(b) . . . . . . . . . . 1 statute mile Clear of clouds
Night, except as provided in section 91.155(b) . . . . . . . . . 3 statute miles 500 feet below
1,000 feet above
2,000 feet horizontal
More than 1,200 feet above the surface but less than
10,000 feet MSL.
Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 statute mile 500 feet below
1,000 feet above
2,000 feet horizontal
Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 statute miles 500 feet below
1,000 feet above
2,000 feet horizontal
More than 1,200 feet above the surface and at or above 5 statute miles 1,000 feet below
10,000 feet MSL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,000 feet above
1 statute mile horizontal

3−1−5. VFR Cruising Altitudes and Flight Levels


(See TBL 3−1−2.)
TBL 3−1−2
VFR Cruising Altitudes and Flight Levels

If your magnetic course And you are more than 3,000 feet above the And you are above 18,000 feet
(ground track) is: surface but below 18,000 feet MSL, fly: MSL to FL 290, fly:
0 to 179 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Odd thousands MSL, plus 500 feet Odd Flight Levels plus 500 feet
(3,500; 5,500; 7,500, etc.) (FL 195; FL 215; FL 235, etc.)
180 to 359 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Even thousands MSL, plus 500 feet Even Flight Levels plus 500 feet
(4,500; 6,500; 8,500, etc.) (FL 185; FL 205; FL 225, etc.)

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Section 2. Controlled Airspace

3−2−1. General into Class B, Class C, or Class D airspace. The pilot


retains this responsibility when receiving ATC radar
a. Controlled Airspace. A generic term that advisories. (See 14 CFR Part 91.)
covers the different classification of airspace
(Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, and Class E e. Traffic Advisories. Traffic advisories will be
airspace) and defined dimensions within which air provided to all aircraft as the controller’s work
traffic control service is provided to IFR flights and situation permits.
to VFR flights in accordance with the airspace f. Safety Alerts. Safety Alerts are mandatory
classification. (See FIG 3−2−1.) services and are provided to ALL aircraft. There are
two types of Safety Alerts:
b. IFR Requirements. IFR operations in any
class of controlled airspace requires that a pilot must 1. Terrain/Obstruction Alert. A Terrain/
file an IFR flight plan and receive an appropriate ATC Obstruction Alert is issued when, in the controller’s
clearance. judgment, an aircraft’s altitude places it in unsafe
proximity to terrain and/or obstructions; and
c. IFR Separation. Standard IFR separation is
provided to all aircraft operating under IFR in 2. Aircraft Conflict/Mode C Intruder Alert.
controlled airspace. An Aircraft Conflict/Mode C Intruder Alert is issued
if the controller observes another aircraft which
d. VFR Requirements. It is the responsibility of places it in an unsafe proximity. When feasible, the
the pilot to ensure that ATC clearance or radio controller will offer the pilot an alternative course of
communication requirements are met prior to entry action.
FIG 3−2−1
Airspace Classes

FL 600 CLASS A
18,000 MSL
14,500 MSL CLASS E

CLASS B
CLASS C

CLASS
CL ASS D
Nontowered 700 AGL 1,200 AGL
Airport
CLASS G CLASS G CLASS G

MSL - mean sea level


AGL - above ground level
FL - flight level

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g. Ultralight Vehicles. No person may operate an consists of a surface area and two or more layers
ultralight vehicle within Class A, Class B, Class C, or (some Class B airspace areas resemble upside-down
Class D airspace or within the lateral boundaries of wedding cakes), and is designed to contain all
the surface area of Class E airspace designated for an published instrument procedures once an aircraft
airport unless that person has prior authorization from enters the airspace. An ATC clearance is required for
the ATC facility having jurisdiction over that all aircraft to operate in the area, and all aircraft that
airspace. (See 14 CFR Part 103.) are so cleared receive separation services within the
airspace. The cloud clearance requirement for VFR
h. Unmanned Free Balloons. Unless otherwise operations is “clear of clouds.”
authorized by ATC, no person may operate an
unmanned free balloon below 2,000 feet above the b. Operating Rules and Pilot/Equipment
surface within the lateral boundaries of Class B, Requirements for VFR Operations. Regardless of
Class C, Class D, or Class E airspace designated for weather conditions, an ATC clearance is required
an airport. (See 14 CFR Part 101.) prior to operating within Class B airspace. Pilots
should not request a clearance to operate within
i. Parachute Jumps. No person may make a Class B airspace unless the requirements of 14 CFR
parachute jump, and no pilot−in−command may Section 91.215 and 14 CFR Section 91.131 are met.
allow a parachute jump to be made from that aircraft, Included among these requirements are:
in or into Class A, Class B, Class C, or Class D
airspace without, or in violation of, the terms of an 1. Unless otherwise authorized by ATC, aircraft
ATC authorization issued by the ATC facility having must be equipped with an operable two-way radio
jurisdiction over the airspace. (See 14 CFR Part 105.) capable of communicating with ATC on appropriate
frequencies for that Class B airspace.
2. No person may take off or land a civil aircraft
3−2−2. Class A Airspace
at the following primary airports within Class B
a. Definition. Generally, that airspace from airspace unless the pilot−in−command holds at least
18,000 feet MSL up to and including FL 600, a private pilot certificate:
including the airspace overlying the waters within (a) Andrews Air Force Base, MD
12 nautical miles off the coast of the 48 contiguous
States and Alaska; and designated international (b) Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, GA
airspace beyond 12 nautical miles off the coast of the (c) Boston Logan Airport, MA
48 contiguous States and Alaska within areas of
domestic radio navigational signal or ATC radar (d) Chicago O’Hare Intl. Airport, IL
coverage, and within which domestic procedures are (e) Dallas/Fort Worth Intl. Airport, TX
applied.
(f) Los Angeles Intl. Airport, CA
b. Operating Rules and Pilot/Equipment
Requirements. Unless otherwise authorized, all (g) Miami Intl. Airport, FL
persons must operate their aircraft under IFR. (See (h) Newark Intl. Airport, NJ
14 CFR Section 71.33 and 14 CFR Section 91.167
(i) New York Kennedy Airport, NY
through 14 CFR Section 91.193.)
(j) New York La Guardia Airport, NY
c. Charts. Class A airspace is not specifically
charted. (k) Ronald Reagan Washington National
Airport, DC

3−2−3. Class B Airspace (l) San Francisco Intl. Airport, CA


3. No person may take off or land a civil aircraft
a. Definition. Generally, that airspace from the
at an airport within Class B airspace or operate a civil
surface to 10,000 feet MSL surrounding the nation’s
aircraft within Class B airspace unless:
busiest airports in terms of IFR operations or
passenger enplanements. The configuration of each (a) The pilot−in−command holds at least a
Class B airspace area is individually tailored and private pilot certificate; or

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(b) The aircraft is operated by a student pilot c. Charts. Class B airspace is charted on
or recreational pilot who seeks private pilot Sectional Charts, IFR En Route Low Altitude, and
certification and has met the requirements of 14 CFR Terminal Area Charts.
Section 61.95.
d. Flight Procedures.
4. Unless otherwise authorized by ATC, each
person operating a large turbine engine-powered 1. Flights. Aircraft within Class B airspace are
airplane to or from a primary airport must operate at required to operate in accordance with current IFR
or above the designated floors while within the lateral procedures. A clearance for a visual approach to a
limits of Class B airspace. primary airport is not authorization for turbine−
powered airplanes to operate below the designated
5. Unless otherwise authorized by ATC, each floors of the Class B airspace.
aircraft must be equipped as follows:
2. VFR Flights.
(a) For IFR operations, an operable VOR or
TACAN receiver or an operable and suitable RNAV (a) Arriving aircraft must obtain an ATC
system; and clearance prior to entering Class B airspace and must
contact ATC on the appropriate frequency, and in
(b) For all operations, a two-way radio relation to geographical fixes shown on local charts.
capable of communications with ATC on appropriate Although a pilot may be operating beneath the floor
frequencies for that area; and of the Class B airspace on initial contact,
communications with ATC should be established in
(c) Unless otherwise authorized by ATC, an relation to the points indicated for spacing and
operable radar beacon transponder with automatic sequencing purposes.
altitude reporting equipment.
(b) Departing aircraft require a clearance to
NOTE− depart Class B airspace and should advise the
ATC may, upon notification, immediately authorize a clearance delivery position of their intended altitude
deviation from the altitude reporting equipment require-
and route of flight. ATC will normally advise VFR
ment; however, a request for a deviation from the 4096
transponder equipment requirement must be submitted to
aircraft when leaving the geographical limits of the
the controlling ATC facility at least one hour before the Class B airspace. Radar service is not automatically
proposed operation. terminated with this advisory unless specifically
stated by the controller.
REFERENCE−
AIM, Paragraph 4−1−20 , Transponder Operation
(c) Aircraft not landing or departing the
6. Mode C Veil. The airspace within 30 nauti- primary airport may obtain an ATC clearance to
cal miles of an airport listed in Appendix D, Section 1 transit the Class B airspace when traffic conditions
of 14 CFR Part 91 (generally primary airports within permit and provided the requirements of 14 CFR
Class B airspace areas), from the surface upward to Section 91.131 are met. Such VFR aircraft are
10,000 feet MSL. Unless otherwise authorized by encouraged, to the extent possible, to operate at
ATC, aircraft operating within this airspace must be altitudes above or below the Class B airspace or
equipped with automatic pressure altitude reporting transit through established VFR corridors. Pilots
equipment having Mode C capability. operating in VFR corridors are urged to use frequency
122.750 MHz for the exchange of aircraft position
However, an aircraft that was not originally information.
certificated with an engine−driven electrical system
or which has not subsequently been certified with a e. ATC Clearances and Separation. An ATC
system installed may conduct operations within a clearance is required to enter and operate within
Mode C veil provided the aircraft remains outside Class B airspace. VFR pilots are provided sequenc-
Class A, B or C airspace; and below the altitude of the ing and separation from other aircraft while operating
ceiling of a Class B or Class C airspace area within Class B airspace.
designated for an airport or 10,000 feet MSL, REFERENCE−
whichever is lower. AIM, Paragraph 4−1−18 , Terminal Radar Services for VFR Aircraft

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1. Separation and sequencing of VFR aircraft will be where the floor of the Class B airspace is 3,000 feet
suspended in the event of a radar outage as this service is or less above the surface or where VFR cruise
dependent on radar. The pilot will be advised that the altitudes are at or near the floor of higher levels.
service is not available and issued wind, runway
Observance of this precaution will reduce the
information and the time or place to contact the tower.
potential for encountering an aircraft operating at the
2. Separation of VFR aircraft will be suspended during altitudes of Class B floors. Additionally, VFR aircraft
CENRAP operations. Traffic advisories and sequencing to are encouraged to utilize the VFR Planning Chart as
the primary airport will be provided on a workload a tool for planning flight in proximity to Class B
permitting basis. The pilot will be advised when center
airspace. Charted VFR Flyway Planning Charts are
radar presentation (CENRAP) is in use.
published on the back of the existing VFR Terminal
1. VFR aircraft are separated from all VFR/IFR Area Charts.
aircraft which weigh 19,000 pounds or less by a
minimum of: 3−2−4. Class C Airspace
(a) Target resolution, or a. Definition. Generally, that airspace from the
surface to 4,000 feet above the airport elevation
(b) 500 feet vertical separation, or
(charted in MSL) surrounding those airports that have
(c) Visual separation. an operational control tower, are serviced by a radar
approach control, and that have a certain number of
2. VFR aircraft are separated from all VFR/IFR
IFR operations or passenger enplanements. Although
aircraft which weigh more than 19,000 and turbojets
the configuration of each Class C airspace area is
by no less than:
individually tailored, the airspace usually consists of
(a) 1 1/2 miles lateral separation, or a 5 NM radius core surface area that extends from the
surface up to 4,000 feet above the airport elevation,
(b) 500 feet vertical separation, or
and a 10 NM radius shelf area that extends no lower
(c) Visual separation. than 1,200 feet up to 4,000 feet above the airport
elevation.
3. This program is not to be interpreted as
relieving pilots of their responsibilities to see and b. Charts. Class C airspace is charted on
avoid other traffic operating in basic VFR weather Sectional Charts, IFR En Route Low Altitude, and
conditions, to adjust their operations and flight path Terminal Area Charts where appropriate.
as necessary to preclude serious wake encounters, to c. Operating Rules and Pilot/Equipment
maintain appropriate terrain and obstruction clear- Requirements:
ance or to remain in weather conditions equal to or
better than the minimums required by 14 CFR 1. Pilot Certification. No specific certifica-
Section 91.155. Approach control should be advised tion required.
and a revised clearance or instruction obtained when 2. Equipment.
compliance with an assigned route, heading and/or (a) Two-way radio; and
altitude is likely to compromise pilot responsibility
with respect to terrain and obstruction clearance, (b) Unless otherwise authorized by ATC, an
vortex exposure, and weather minimums. operable radar beacon transponder with automatic
altitude reporting equipment.
4. ATC may assign altitudes to VFR aircraft that
NOTE−
do not conform to 14 CFR Section 91.159. See paragraph 4−1−20, Transponder Operation, subpara-
“RESUME APPROPRIATE VFR ALTITUDES” graph f2(c) for Mode C transponder requirements for
will be broadcast when the altitude assignment is no operating above Class C airspace.
longer needed for separation or when leaving Class B
3. Arrival or Through Flight Entry Require-
airspace. Pilots must return to an altitude that
ments. Two-way radio communication must be
conforms to 14 CFR Section 91.159.
established with the ATC facility providing ATC
f. Proximity operations. VFR aircraft operating services prior to entry and thereafter maintain those
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arriving aircraft should contact the Class C airspace 5. Aircraft Speed. Unless otherwise autho-
ATC facility on the publicized frequency and give rized or required by ATC, no person may operate an
their position, altitude, radar beacon code, destina- aircraft at or below 2,500 feet above the surface
tion, and request Class C service. Radio contact within 4 nautical miles of the primary airport of a
should be initiated far enough from the Class C Class C airspace area at an indicated airspeed of more
airspace boundary to preclude entering Class C than 200 knots (230 mph).
airspace before two-way radio communications are d. Air Traffic Services. When two-way radio
established. communications and radar contact are established, all
NOTE− VFR aircraft are:
1. If the controller responds to a radio call with, “(aircraft
1. Sequenced to the primary airport.
callsign) standby,” radio communications have been
established and the pilot can enter the Class C airspace. 2. Provided Class C services within the Class C
2. If workload or traffic conditions prevent immediate airspace and the outer area.
provision of Class C services, the controller will inform the 3. Provided basic radar services beyond the
pilot to remain outside the Class C airspace until outer area on a workload permitting basis. This can be
conditions permit the services to be provided. terminated by the controller if workload dictates.
3. It is important to understand that if the controller e. Aircraft Separation. Separation is provided
responds to the initial radio call without using the aircraft
within the Class C airspace and the outer area after
identification, radio communications have not been
two-way radio communications and radar contact are
established and the pilot may not enter the Class C
airspace.
established. VFR aircraft are separated from IFR
aircraft within the Class C airspace by any of the
4. Though not requiring regulatory action, Class C following:
airspace areas have a procedural Outer Area. Normally
this area is 20 NM from the primary Class C airspace 1. Visual separation.
airport. Its vertical limit extends from the lower limits of 2. 500 feet vertical separation.
radio/radar coverage up to the ceiling of the approach
control’s delegated airspace, excluding the Class C 3. Target resolution.
airspace itself, and other airspace as appropriate. (This 4. Wake turbulence separation will be provided
outer area is not charted.) to all aircraft operating:
5. Pilots approaching an airport with Class C service (a) Behind and less than 1,000 feet below
should be aware that if they descend below the base altitude super or heavy aircraft,
of the 5 to 10 mile shelf during an instrument or visual
approach, they may encounter nontransponder, VFR (b) To small aircraft operating behind and less
aircraft. than 500 feet below B757 aircraft, and
EXAMPLE− (c) To small aircraft following a large aircraft
1. [Aircraft callsign] “remain outside the Class Charlie on final approach.
airspace and standby.” NOTE−
2. “Aircraft calling Dulles approach control, standby.” 1. Separation and sequencing of VFR aircraft will be
suspended in the event of a radar outage as this service is
4. Departures from: dependent on radar. The pilot will be advised that the
(a) A primary or satellite airport with an service is not available and issued wind, runway
information and the time or place to contact the tower.
operating control tower. Two-way radio communica-
tions must be established and maintained with the 2. Separation of VFR aircraft will be suspended during
control tower, and thereafter as instructed by ATC CENRAP operations. Traffic advisories and sequencing to
while operating in Class C airspace. the primary airport will be provided on a workload
permitting basis. The pilot will be advised when CENRAP
(b) A satellite airport without an operating is in use.
control tower. Two-way radio communications must 3. Pilot participation is voluntary within the outer area
be established as soon as practicable after departing and can be discontinued, within the outer area, at the pilot’s
with the ATC facility having jurisdiction over the request. Class C services will be provided in the outer area
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4. Some facilities provide Class C services only during airspace underlies or is adjacent to Class B airspace.
published hours. At other times, terminal IFR radar service (See TBL 3−2−1.)
will be provided. It is important to note that the
TBL 3−2−1
communications and transponder requirements are
Class C Airspace Areas by State
dependent of the class of airspace established outside of the
published hours. State/City Airport
ALABAMA
f. Secondary Airports Birmingham . . . . . . . . . Birmingham−Shuttlesworth
International
1. In some locations Class C airspace may Huntsville . . . . . . . . . . . International−Carl T Jones Fld
overlie the Class D surface area of a secondary Mobile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Regional
airport. In order to allow that control tower to provide ALASKA
service to aircraft, portions of the overlapping Anchorage . . . . . . . . . . . Ted Stevens International
Class C airspace may be procedurally excluded when ARIZONA
the secondary airport tower is in operation. Aircraft Davis−Monthan . . . . . . . AFB
operating in these procedurally excluded areas will Tucson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . International
only be provided airport traffic control services when ARKANSAS
Fayetteville (Springdale) Northwest Arkansas Regional
in communication with the secondary airport tower.
Little Rock . . . . . . . . . . Adams Field
2. Aircraft proceeding inbound to a satellite CALIFORNIA
airport will be terminated at a sufficient distance to Beale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AFB
Burbank . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Hope
allow time to change to the appropriate tower or
Fresno . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yosemite International
advisory frequency. Class C services to these aircraft Monterey . . . . . . . . . . . . Peninsula
will be discontinued when the aircraft is instructed to Oakland . . . . . . . . . . . . . Metropolitan Oakland
contact the tower or change to advisory frequency. International
Ontario . . . . . . . . . . . . . International
3. Aircraft departing secondary controlled Riverside . . . . . . . . . . . . March AFB
airports will not receive Class C services until they Sacramento . . . . . . . . . . International
have been radar identified and two-way communica- San Jose . . . . . . . . . . . . Norman Y. Mineta International
tions have been established with the Class C airspace Santa Ana . . . . . . . . . . . John Wayne/Orange County
facility. Santa Barbara . . . . . . . . Municipal
COLORADO
4. This program is not to be interpreted as Colorado Springs . . . . . Municipal
relieving pilots of their responsibilities to see and CONNECTICUT
avoid other traffic operating in basic VFR weather Windsor Locks . . . . . . . Bradley International
conditions, to adjust their operations and flight path FLORIDA
as necessary to preclude serious wake encounters, to Daytona Beach . . . . . . . International
maintain appropriate terrain and obstruction clear- Fort Lauderdale . . . . . . . Hollywood International
Fort Myers . . . . . . . . . . SW Florida Regional
ance or to remain in weather conditions equal to or
Jacksonville . . . . . . . . . . International
better than the minimums required by 14 CFR
Orlando . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sanford International
Section 91.155. Approach control should be advised Palm Beach . . . . . . . . . . International
and a revised clearance or instruction obtained when Pensacola . . . . . . . . . . . NAS
compliance with an assigned route, heading and/or Pensacola . . . . . . . . . . . Regional
altitude is likely to compromise pilot responsibility Sarasota . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bradenton International
with respect to terrain and obstruction clearance, Tallahassee . . . . . . . . . . Regional
vortex exposure, and weather minimums. Whiting . . . . . . . . . . . . . NAS
GEORGIA
g. Class C Airspace Areas by State Savannah . . . . . . . . . . . . Hilton Head International
HAWAII
These states currently have designated Class C Kahului . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kahului
airspace areas that are depicted on sectional charts. IDAHO
Pilots should consult current sectional charts and Boise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Air Terminal
NOTAMs for the latest information on services ILLINOIS
available. Pilots should be aware that some Class C Champaign . . . . . . . . . . Urbana U of Illinois−Willard

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State/City Airport State/City Airport


Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . Midway International NORTH CAROLINA
Moline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quad City International Asheville . . . . . . . . . . . Regional
Peoria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Greater Peoria Regional Fayetteville . . . . . . . . . . Regional/Grannis Field
Springfield . . . . . . . . . . Abraham Lincoln Capital Greensboro . . . . . . . . . . Piedmont Triad International
INDIANA Pope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AFB
Evansville . . . . . . . . . . . Regional Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . Raleigh−Durham International
Fort Wayne . . . . . . . . . . International OHIO
Indianapolis . . . . . . . . . . International Akron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Akron−Canton Regional
South Bend . . . . . . . . . . Regional Columbus . . . . . . . . . . . Port Columbus International
IOWA Dayton . . . . . . . . . . . . . James M. Cox International
Cedar Rapids . . . . . . . . . The Eastern Iowa Toledo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Express
Des Moines . . . . . . . . . . International OKLAHOMA
KANSAS Oklahoma City . . . . . . . Will Rogers World
Wichita . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mid−Continent Tinker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AFB
KENTUCKY Tulsa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . International
Lexington . . . . . . . . . . . Blue Grass OREGON
Louisville . . . . . . . . . . . International−Standiford Field Portland . . . . . . . . . . . . . International
LOUISIANA PENNSYLVANIA
Baton Rouge . . . . . . . . . Metropolitan, Ryan Field Allentown . . . . . . . . . . . Lehigh Valley International
Lafayette . . . . . . . . . . . . Regional PUERTO RICO
Shreveport . . . . . . . . . . . Barksdale AFB San Juan . . . . . . . . . . . . Luis Munoz Marin International
Shreveport . . . . . . . . . . . Regional RHODE ISLAND
MAINE Providence . . . . . . . . . . Theodore Francis Green State
Bangor . . . . . . . . . . . . . International SOUTH CAROLINA
Portland . . . . . . . . . . . . . International Jetport Charleston . . . . . . . . . . . AFB/International
MICHIGAN Columbia . . . . . . . . . . . . Metropolitan
Flint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bishop International Greer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Greenville−Spartanburg
Grand Rapids . . . . . . . . Gerald R. Ford International International
Lansing . . . . . . . . . . . . . Capital City Myrtle Beach . . . . . . . . Myrtle Beach International
MISSISSIPPI Shaw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AFB
Columbus . . . . . . . . . . . AFB TENNESSEE
Jackson . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jackson−Evers International Chattanooga . . . . . . . . . Lovell Field
MISSOURI Knoxville . . . . . . . . . . . McGhee Tyson
Springfield . . . . . . . . . . Springfield−Branson National Nashville . . . . . . . . . . . . International
MONTANA TEXAS
Billings . . . . . . . . . . . . . Logan International Abilene . . . . . . . . . . . . . Regional
NEBRASKA Amarillo . . . . . . . . . . . . Rick Husband International
Lincoln . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lincoln Austin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Austin−Bergstrom International
Omaha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eppley Airfield Corpus Christi . . . . . . . . International
Offutt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AFB Dyess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AFB
NEVADA El Paso . . . . . . . . . . . . . International
Reno . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Reno/Tahoe International Harlingen . . . . . . . . . . . Valley International
NEW HAMPSHIRE Laughlin . . . . . . . . . . . . AFB
Manchester . . . . . . . . . . Manchester Lubbock . . . . . . . . . . . . Preston Smith International
NEW JERSEY Midland . . . . . . . . . . . . . International
Atlantic City . . . . . . . . . International San Antonio . . . . . . . . . International
NEW MEXICO VERMONT
Albuquerque . . . . . . . . . International Sunport Burlington . . . . . . . . . . . International
NEW YORK
Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . International VIRGIN ISLANDS
Buffalo . . . . . . . . . . . . . Niagara International St. Thomas . . . . . . . . . . Charlotte Amalie Cyril E. King
Islip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Long Island MacArthur VIRGINIA
Rochester . . . . . . . . . . . Greater Rochester International Richmond . . . . . . . . . . . International
Syracuse . . . . . . . . . . . . Hancock International Norfolk . . . . . . . . . . . . . International

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State/City Airport 2. Equipment. Unless otherwise authorized


Roanoke . . . . . . . . . . . . Regional/Woodrum Field by ATC, an operable two−way radio is required.
WASHINGTON
Point Roberts . . . . . . . . Vancouver International 3. Arrival or Through Flight Entry
Spokane . . . . . . . . . . . . Fairchild AFB Requirements. Two−way radio communication
Spokane . . . . . . . . . . . . International must be established with the ATC facility providing
Whidbey Island . . . . . . . NAS, Ault Field ATC services prior to entry and thereafter maintain
WEST VIRGINIA those communications while in the Class D airspace.
Charleston . . . . . . . . . . . Yeager Pilots of arriving aircraft should contact the control
WISCONSIN tower on the publicized frequency and give their
Green Bay . . . . . . . . . . .Austin Straubel International position, altitude, destination, and any request(s).
Madison . . . . . . . . . . . .Dane County Regional−Traux
Field
Radio contact should be initiated far enough from the
Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . . General Mitchell International Class D airspace boundary to preclude entering the
Class D airspace before two−way radio communica-
tions are established.
3−2−5. Class D Airspace NOTE−
1. If the controller responds to a radio call with, “[aircraft
a. Definition. Generally, Class D airspace ex- callsign] standby,” radio communications have been
tends upward from the surface to 2,500 feet above the established and the pilot can enter the Class D airspace.
airport elevation (charted in MSL) surrounding those 2. If workload or traffic conditions prevent immediate
airports that have an operational control tower. The entry into Class D airspace, the controller will inform the
configuration of each Class D airspace area is pilot to remain outside the Class D airspace until
individually tailored and when instrument proce- conditions permit entry.
dures are published, the airspace will normally be EXAMPLE−
designed to contain the procedures. 1. “[Aircraft callsign] remain outside the Class Delta
airspace and standby.”
1. Class D surface areas may be designated as It is important to understand that if the controller responds
full-time (24 hour tower operations) or part-time. to the initial radio call without using the aircraft callsign,
Part-time Class D effective times are published in the radio communications have not been established and the
Chart Supplement U.S. pilot may not enter the Class D airspace.
2. Where a Class D surface area is part-time, the 2. “Aircraft calling Manassas tower standby.”
airspace may revert to either a Class E surface area At those airports where the control tower does not operate
(see paragraph 3−2−6e1) or Class G airspace. When 24 hours a day, the operating hours of the tower will be
listed on the appropriate charts and in the Chart
a part–time Class D surface area changes to Class G,
Supplement U.S. During the hours the tower is not in
the surface area becomes Class G airspace up to, but
operation, the Class E surface area rules or a combination
not including, the overlying controlled airspace. of Class E rules to 700 feet above ground level and Class
NOTE− G rules to the surface will become applicable. Check the
1. The airport listing in the Chart Supplement U.S. will Chart Supplement U.S. for specifics.
state the part–time surface area status (for example, “other 4. Departures from:
times CLASS E” or “other times CLASS G”).
(a) A primary or satellite airport with an
2. Normally, the overlying controlled airspace is the Class
operating control tower. Two-way radio communica-
E transition area airspace that begins at either 700 feet
AGL (charted as magenta vignette) or 1200 feet AGL
tions must be established and maintained with the
(charted as blue vignette). This may be determined by control tower, and thereafter as instructed by ATC
consulting the applicable VFR Sectional or Terminal Area while operating in the Class D airspace.
Charts. (b) A satellite airport without an operating
b. Operating Rules and Pilot/Equipment control tower. Two-way radio communications must
Requirements: be established as soon as practicable after departing
with the ATC facility having jurisdiction over the
1. Pilot Certification. No specific certifica- Class D airspace as soon as practicable after
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5. Aircraft Speed. Unless otherwise autho- specifics), Class E airspace in the United States
rized or required by ATC, no person may operate an consists of:
aircraft at or below 2,500 feet above the surface 1. The airspace extending upward from 14,500
within 4 nautical miles of the primary airport of a feet MSL to, but not including, 18,000 feet MSL
Class D airspace area at an indicated airspeed of more overlying the 48 contiguous states, the District of
than 200 knots (230 mph). Columbia and Alaska, including the waters within
c. Class D airspace areas are depicted on Sectional nautical 12 miles from the coast of the 48 contiguous
and Terminal charts with blue segmented lines, and states and Alaska; excluding:
on IFR En Route Lows with a boxed [D]. (a) The Alaska peninsula west of longit-
d. Surface area arrival extensions: ude 16000'00''W.; and
(b) The airspace below 1,500 feet above the
1. Class D surface area arrival extensions for
surface of the earth unless specifically designated
instrument approach procedures may be Class D or
lower (for example, in mountainous terrain higher
Class E airspace. As a general rule, if all extensions
than 13,000 feet MSL).
are 2 miles or less, they remain part of the Class D
surface area. However, if any one extension is greater 2. The airspace above FL 600 is Class E
than 2 miles, then all extensions will be Class E airspace.
airspace. e. Functions of Class E Airspace. Class E
2. Surface area arrival extensions are effective airspace may be designated for the following
during the published times of the surface area. For purposes:
part–time Class D surface areas that revert to Class E 1. Surface area designated for an airport
airspace, the arrival extensions will remain in effect where a control tower is not in operation. Class E
as Class E airspace. For part–time Class D surface surface areas extend upward from the surface to a
areas that change to Class G airspace, the arrival designated altitude, or to the adjacent or overlying
extensions will become Class G at the same time. controlled airspace. The airspace will be configured
to contain all instrument procedures.
e. Separation for VFR Aircraft. No separation
services are provided to VFR aircraft. (a) To qualify for a Class E surface area, the
airport must have weather observation and reporting
capability, and communications capability must exist
3−2−6. Class E Airspace
with aircraft down to the runway surface.
a. Definition. Class E airspace is controlled (b) A Class E surface area may also be
airspace that is designated to serve a variety of designated to accommodate part-time operations at a
terminal or en route purposes as described in this Class C or Class D airspace location (for example,
paragraph. those periods when the control tower is not in
b. Operating Rules and Pilot/Equipment operation).
Requirements: (c) Pilots should refer to the airport page in
1. Pilot Certification. No specific certifica- the applicable Chart Supplement U.S. for surface area
tion required. status information.
2. Extension to a surface area. Class E
2. Equipment. No specific equipment
airspace may be designated as extensions to Class B,
required by the airspace.
Class C, Class D, and Class E surface areas. Class E
3. Arrival or Through Flight Entry Require- airspace extensions begin at the surface and extend up
ments. No specific requirements. to the overlying controlled airspace. The extensions
provide controlled airspace to contain standard
c. Charts. Class E airspace below 14,500 feet
instrument approach procedures without imposing a
MSL is charted on Sectional, Terminal, and IFR
communications requirement on pilots operating
Enroute Low Altitude charts.
under VFR. Surface area arrival extensions become
d. Vertical limits. Except where designated at a part of the surface area and are in effect during the
lower altitude (see paragraph 3−2−6e, below, for same times as the surface area.

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NOTE− ATC services but the Federal airway system is


When a Class C or Class D surface area is not in effect inadequate.
continuously (for example, where a control tower only
operates part-time), the surface area airspace will change 5. Federal Airways and Low-Altitude RNAV
to either a Class E surface area or Class G airspace. In Routes. Federal airways and low-altitude RNAV
such cases, the “Airspace” entry for the airport in the routes are Class E airspace areas and, unless
Chart Supplement U.S. will state “other times Class E” or otherwise specified, extend upward from 1,200 feet
“other times Class G.” When a part-time surface area AGL to, but not including,18,000 feet MSL.
changes to Class E airspace, the Class E arrival extensions
will remain in effect as Class E airspace. If a part–time (a) Federal airways consist of Low/Medium
Class C, Class D, or Class E surface area becomes Class Frequency (L/MF) airways (colored Federal airways)
G airspace, the arrival extensions will change to Class G and VOR Federal airways.
at the same time.
(1) L/MF airways are based on non−direc-
3. Airspace used for transition. Class E tional beacons (NDB) and are identified as green, red,
airspace areas may be designated for transitioning amber, or blue.
aircraft to/from the terminal or en route environment.
(2) VOR Federal airways are based on
(a) Class E transition areas extend upward VOR/VORTAC facilities and are identified by a “V”
from either 700 feet AGL (shown as magenta vignette prefix.
on sectional charts) or 1,200 feet AGL (blue vignette) (b) Low-altitude RNAV routes consist of
and are designated for airports with an approved T-routes and helicopter RNAV routes (TK-routes).
instrument procedure.
NOTE−
(b) The 700-foot/1200-foot AGL Class E See AIM Paragraph 5-3-4, Airways and Route Systems, for
airspace transition areas remain in effect continu- more details and charting information.
ously, regardless of airport operating hours or surface 6. Offshore Airspace Areas. There are
area status. Class E airspace areas that extend upward from a
NOTE− specified altitude to, but not including, 18,000 feet
Do not confuse the 700-foot and 1200-foot Class E MSL and are designated as offshore airspace areas.
transition areas with surface areas or surface area These areas provide controlled airspace beyond
extensions. 12 miles from the coast of the U.S. in those areas
where there is a requirement to provide IFR en route
4. En Route Domestic Areas. There are
ATC services and within which the U.S. is applying
Class E airspace areas that extend upward from a
domestic procedures.
specified altitude and are en route domestic airspace
areas that provide controlled airspace in those areas f. Separation for VFR Aircraft. No separation
where there is a requirement to provide IFR en route services are provided to VFR aircraft.

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Section 3. Class G Airspace

3−3−1. General 3−3−3. IFR Requirements


Class G airspace (uncontrolled) is that portion of
airspace that has not been designated as Class A, a. Title 14 CFR specifies the pilot and aircraft
Class B, Class C, Class D, or Class E airspace. equipment requirements for IFR flight. Pilots are
reminded that in addition to altitude or flight level
requirements, 14 CFR Section 91.177 includes a
3−3−2. VFR Requirements
requirement to remain at least 1,000 feet (2,000 feet
Rules governing VFR flight have been adopted to in designated mountainous terrain) above the highest
assist the pilot in meeting the responsibility to see and obstacle within a horizontal distance of 4 nautical
avoid other aircraft. Minimum flight visibility and miles from the course to be flown.
distance from clouds required for VFR flight are
contained in 14 CFR Section 91.155. b. IFR Altitudes.
(See TBL 3−1−1.) (See TBL 3−3−1.)

TBL 3−3−1
IFR Altitudes
Class G Airspace

If your magnetic course And you are below


(ground track) is: 18,000 feet MSL, fly:
0 to 179 Odd thousands MSL, (3,000; 5,000; 7,000, etc.)
180 to 359 Even thousands MSL, (2,000; 4,000; 6,000, etc.)

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Section 4. Special Use Airspace

3−4−1. General controlling agency may be extremely hazardous to


the aircraft and its occupants. Restricted areas are
a. Special use airspace consists of that airspace published in the Federal Register and constitute
wherein activities must be confined because of their 14 CFR Part 73.
nature, or wherein limitations are imposed upon
aircraft operations that are not a part of those b. ATC facilities apply the following procedures
activities, or both. Except for controlled firing areas, when aircraft are operating on an IFR clearance
special use airspace areas are depicted on aeronauti- (including those cleared by ATC to maintain
cal charts. VFR-on-top) via a route which lies within joint-use
restricted airspace.
b. Prohibited and restricted areas are regulatory
special use airspace and are established in 14 CFR 1. If the restricted area is not active and has been
Part 73 through the rulemaking process. released to the controlling agency (FAA), the ATC
facility will allow the aircraft to operate in the
c. Warning areas, military operations areas restricted airspace without issuing specific clearance
(MOAs), alert areas, and controlled firing areas for it to do so.
(CFAs) are nonregulatory special use airspace.
2. If the restricted area is active and has not been
d. Special use airspace descriptions (except CFAs) released to the controlling agency (FAA), the ATC
are contained in FAA Order JO 7400.8, Special Use facility will issue a clearance which will ensure the
Airspace. aircraft avoids the restricted airspace unless it is on an
approved altitude reservation mission or has obtained
e. Special use airspace (except CFAs) are charted
its own permission to operate in the airspace and so
on IFR or visual charts and include the hours of
informs the controlling facility.
operation, altitudes, and the controlling agency.
NOTE−
The above apply only to joint-use restricted airspace and
3−4−2. Prohibited Areas not to prohibited and nonjoint-use airspace. For the latter
categories, the ATC facility will issue a clearance so the
Prohibited areas contain airspace of defined aircraft will avoid the restricted airspace unless it is on an
dimensions identified by an area on the surface of the approved altitude reservation mission or has obtained its
earth within which the flight of aircraft is prohibited. own permission to operate in the airspace and so informs
Such areas are established for security or other the controlling facility.
reasons associated with the national welfare. These c. Restricted airspace is depicted on the en route
areas are published in the Federal Register and are chart appropriate for use at the altitude or flight level
depicted on aeronautical charts. being flown. For joint-use restricted areas, the name
of the controlling agency is shown on these charts.
3−4−3. Restricted Areas For all prohibited areas and nonjoint-use restricted
areas, unless otherwise requested by the using
a. Restricted areas contain airspace identified by agency, the phrase “NO A/G” is shown.
an area on the surface of the earth within which the
flight of aircraft, while not wholly prohibited, is 3−4−4. Warning Areas
subject to restrictions. Activities within these areas
must be confined because of their nature or A warning area is airspace of defined dimensions,
limitations imposed upon aircraft operations that are extending from three nautical miles outward from the
not a part of those activities or both. Restricted areas coast of the U.S., that contains activity that may be
denote the existence of unusual, often invisible, hazardous to nonparticipating aircraft. The purpose
hazards to aircraft such as artillery firing, aerial of such warning areas is to warn nonparticipating
gunnery, or guided missiles. Penetration of restricted pilots of the potential danger. A warning area may be
areas without authorization from the using or located over domestic or international waters or both.

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3−4−5. Military Operations Areas 3−4−6. Alert Areas


Alert areas are depicted on aeronautical charts to
a. MOAs consist of airspace of defined vertical inform nonparticipating pilots of areas that may
and lateral limits established for the purpose of contain a high volume of pilot training or an unusual
separating certain military training activities from type of aerial activity. Pilots should be particularly
IFR traffic. Whenever a MOA is being used, alert when flying in these areas. All activity within an
nonparticipating IFR traffic may be cleared through alert area must be conducted in accordance with
a MOA if IFR separation can be provided by ATC. CFRs, without waiver, and pilots of participating
Otherwise, ATC will reroute or restrict nonparticipat- aircraft as well as pilots transiting the area must be
ing IFR traffic. equally responsible for collision avoidance.

b. Examples of activities conducted in MOAs 3−4−7. Controlled Firing Areas


include, but are not limited to: air combat tactics, air CFAs contain activities which, if not conducted in a
intercepts, aerobatics, formation training, and controlled environment, could be hazardous to
low−altitude tactics. Military pilots flying in an active nonparticipating aircraft. The distinguishing feature
MOA are exempted from the provisions of 14 CFR of the CFA, as compared to other special use airspace,
Section 91.303(c) and (d) which prohibits aerobatic is that its activities are suspended immediately when
flight within Class D and Class E surface areas, and spotter aircraft, radar, or ground lookout positions
within Federal airways. Additionally, the Department indicate an aircraft might be approaching the area.
of Defense has been issued an authorization to There is no need to chart CFAs since they do not cause
operate aircraft at indicated airspeeds in excess of a nonparticipating aircraft to change its flight path.
250 knots below 10,000 feet MSL within active
MOAs. 3−4−8. National Security Areas
National Security Areas consist of airspace of defined
c. Pilots operating under VFR should exercise vertical and lateral dimensions established at
extreme caution while flying within a MOA when locations where there is a requirement for increased
military activity is being conducted. The activity security and safety of ground facilities. Pilots are
status (active/inactive) of MOAs may change requested to voluntarily avoid flying through the
frequently. Therefore, pilots should contact any FSS depicted NSA. When it is necessary to provide a
within 100 miles of the area to obtain accurate greater level of security and safety, flight in NSAs
real-time information concerning the MOA hours of may be temporarily prohibited by regulation under
operation. Prior to entering an active MOA, pilots the provisions of 14 CFR Section 99.7. Regulatory
should contact the controlling agency for traffic prohibitions will be issued by System Operations,
advisories. System Operations Airspace and AIM Office,
Airspace and Rules, and disseminated via NOTAM.
d. MOAs are depicted on sectional, VFR Terminal Inquiries about NSAs should be directed to Airspace
Area, and Enroute Low Altitude charts. and Rules.

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Section 5. Other Airspace Areas

3−5−1. Airport Advisory/Information REFERENCE−


AIM, Paragraph 4−1−9 , Traffic Advisory Practices at Airports Without
Services Operating Control Towers

a. There are two advisory type services available b. It is not mandatory that pilots participate in the
at selected airports. Airport Advisory programs. Participation enhances
safety for everyone operating around busy GA
1. Local Airport Advisory (LAA) service is
airports; therefore, everyone is encouraged to
available only in Alaska and is operated within 10
participate and provide feedback that will help
statute miles of an airport where a control tower is not
improve the program.
operating but where a FSS is located on the airport. At
such locations, the FSS provides a complete local
airport advisory service to arriving and departing 3−5−2. Military Training Routes
aircraft. During periods of fast changing weather the a. National security depends largely on the
FSS will automatically provide Final Guard as part of deterrent effect of our airborne military forces. To be
the service from the time the aircraft reports proficient, the military services must train in a wide
“on−final” or “taking−the−active−runway” until the range of airborne tactics. One phase of this training
aircraft reports “on−the−ground” or “airborne.” involves “low level” combat tactics. The required
NOTE− maneuvers and high speeds are such that they may
Current policy, when requesting remote ATC services, occasionally make the see-and-avoid aspect of VFR
requires that a pilot monitor the automated weather flight more difficult without increased vigilance in
broadcast at the landing airport prior to requesting ATC areas containing such operations. In an effort to
services. The FSS automatically provides Final Guard, ensure the greatest practical level of safety for all
when appropriate, during LAA/Remote Airport Advisory flight operations, the Military Training Route (MTR)
(RAA) operations. Final Guard is a value added
program was conceived.
wind/altimeter monitoring service, which provides an
automatic wind and altimeter check during active weather b. The MTR program is a joint venture by the FAA
situations when the pilot reports on−final or taking the and the Department of Defense (DOD). MTRs are
active runway. During the landing or take−off operation mutually developed for use by the military for the
when the winds or altimeter are actively changing the FSS purpose of conducting low-altitude, high-speed
will blind broadcast significant changes when the
training. The routes above 1,500 feet AGL are
specialist believes the change might affect the operation.
Pilots should acknowledge the first wind/altimeter check developed to be flown, to the maximum extent
but due to cockpit activity no acknowledgement is expected possible, under IFR. The routes at 1,500 feet AGL
for the blind broadcasts. It is prudent for a pilot to report and below are generally developed to be flown under
on−the−ground or airborne to end the service. VFR.
2. Remote Airport Information Service (RAIS) c. Generally, MTRs are established below
is provided in support of short term special events like 10,000 feet MSL for operations at speeds in excess of
small to medium fly−ins. The service is advertised by 250 knots. However, route segments may be defined
NOTAM D only. The FSS will not have access to a at higher altitudes for purposes of route continuity.
continuous readout of the current winds and For example, route segments may be defined for
altimeter; therefore, RAIS does not include weather descent, climbout, and mountainous terrain. There
and/or Final Guard service. However, known traffic, are IFR and VFR routes as follows:
special event instructions, and all other services are 1. IFR Military Training Routes−(IR).
provided. Operations on these routes are conducted in
NOTE− accordance with IFR regardless of weather
The airport authority and/or manager should request RAIS conditions.
support on official letterhead directly with the manager of
the FSS that will provide the service at least 60 days in 2. VFR Military Training Routes−(VR).
advance. Approval authority rests with the FSS manager Operations on these routes are conducted in
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5 miles or more; and flights must not be conducted vigilance should be exercised when conducting flight
below a ceiling of less than 3,000 feet AGL. through or near these routes. Pilots should contact
FSSs within 100 NM of a particular MTR to obtain
d. Military training routes will be identified and
current information or route usage in their vicinity.
charted as follows:
Information available includes times of scheduled
1. Route identification. activity, altitudes in use on each route segment, and
actual route width. Route width varies for each MTR
(a) MTRs with no segment above 1,500 feet
and can extend several miles on either side of the
AGL must be identified by four number characters;
charted MTR centerline. Route width information for
e.g., IR1206, VR1207.
IR and VR MTRs is also available in the FLIP AP/1B
(b) MTRs that include one or more segments along with additional MTR (slow routes/air refueling
above 1,500 feet AGL must be identified by three routes) information. When requesting MTR informa-
number characters; e.g., IR206, VR207. tion, pilots should give the FSS their position, route
of flight, and destination in order to reduce frequency
(c) Alternate IR/VR routes or route segments
congestion and permit the FSS specialist to identify
are identified by using the basic/principal route
the MTR which could be a factor.
designation followed by a letter suffix, e.g., IR008A,
VR1007B, etc.
3−5−3. Temporary Flight Restrictions
2. Route charting.
a. General. This paragraph describes the types of
(a) IFR Enroute Low Altitude Chart. This
conditions under which the FAA may impose
chart will depict all IR routes and all VR routes that
temporary flight restrictions. It also explains which
accommodate operations above 1,500 feet AGL.
FAA elements have been delegated authority to issue
(b) VFR Sectional Aeronautical a temporary flight restrictions NOTAM and lists the
Charts. These charts will depict military training types of responsible agencies/offices from which the
activities such as IR, VR, MOA, Restricted Area, FAA will accept requests to establish temporary
Warning Area, and Alert Area information. flight restrictions. The 14 CFR is explicit as to what
operations are prohibited, restricted, or allowed in a
(c) Area Planning (AP/1B) Chart (DOD
temporary flight restrictions area. Pilots are responsi-
Flight Information Publication−FLIP). This chart
ble to comply with 14 CFR Sections 91.137, 91.138,
is published by the National Geospatial−Intelligence
91.141 and 91.143 when conducting flight in an area
Agency (NGA) primarily for military users and
where a temporary flight restrictions area is in effect,
contains detailed information on both IR and VR
and should check appropriate NOTAMs during flight
routes.
planning.
REFERENCE−
AIM, Paragraph 9−1−5 , Subparagraph a, National b. The purpose for establishing a temporary
Geospatial−Intelligence Agency (NGA) Products flight restrictions area is to:
e. The FLIP contains charts and narrative
1. Protect persons and property in the air or on
descriptions of these routes. To obtain this
the surface from an existing or imminent hazard
publication contact:
associated with an incident on the surface when the
Defense Logistics Agency for Aviation presence of low flying aircraft would magnify, alter,
Mapping Customer Operations (DLA AVN/QAM) spread, or compound that hazard (14 CFR
8000 Jefferson Davis Highway Section 91.137(a)(1));
Richmond, VA 23297−5339
2. Provide a safe environment for the operation
Toll free phone: 1−800−826−0342
of disaster relief aircraft (14 CFR Sec-
Commercial: 804−279−6500
tion 91.137(a)(2)); or
This NGA FLIP is available for pilot briefings at FSS
3. Prevent an unsafe congestion of sightseeing
and many airports.
aircraft above an incident or event which may
f. Nonparticipating aircraft are not prohibited generate a high degree of public interest (14 CFR
from flying within an MTR; however, extreme Section 91.137(a)(3)).

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4. Protect declared national disasters for spills, flammable agents, or fumes which if fanned by
humanitarian reasons in the State of Hawaii (14 CFR rotor or propeller wash could endanger persons or
Section 91.138). property on the surface, or if entered by an aircraft
could endanger persons or property in the air;
5. Protect the President, Vice President, or other imminent volcano eruptions which could endanger
public figures (14 CFR Section 91.141). airborne aircraft and occupants; nuclear accident or
6. Provide a safe environment for space agency incident; and hijackings. Situations which warrant
operations (14 CFR Section 91.143). the restrictions associated with 14 CFR Sec-
tion 91.137(a)(2) include: forest fires which are
c. Except for hijacking situations, when the being fought by releasing fire retardants from
provisions of 14 CFR Section 91.137(a)(1) or (a)(2) aircraft; and aircraft relief activities following a
are necessary, a temporary flight restrictions area will disaster (earthquake, tidal wave, flood, etc.). 14 CFR
only be established by or through the area manager at Section 91.137(a)(3) restrictions are established for
the Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) events and incidents that would attract an unsafe
having jurisdiction over the area concerned. A congestion of sightseeing aircraft.
temporary flight restrictions NOTAM involving the
f. The amount of airspace needed to protect
conditions of 14 CFR Section 91.137(a)(3) will be
persons and property or provide a safe environment
issued at the direction of the service area office
for rescue/relief aircraft operations is normally
director having oversight of the airspace concerned.
limited to within 2,000 feet above the surface and
When hijacking situations are involved, a temporary
within a 3−nautical−mile radius. Incidents occurring
flight restrictions area will be implemented through
within Class B, Class C, or Class D airspace will
the TSA Aviation Command Center. The appropriate
normally be handled through existing procedures and
FAA air traffic element, upon receipt of such a
should not require the issuance of a temporary flight
request, will establish a temporary flight restrictions
restrictions NOTAM. Temporary flight restrictions
area under 14 CFR Section 91.137(a)(1).
affecting airspace outside of the U.S. and its
d. The FAA accepts recommendations for the territories and possessions are issued with verbiage
establishment of a temporary flight restrictions area excluding that airspace outside of the 12−mile coastal
under 14 CFR Section 91.137(a)(1) from military limits.
major command headquarters, regional directors of g. The FSS nearest the incident site is normally the
the Office of Emergency Planning, Civil Defense “coordination facility.” When FAA communications
State Directors, State Governors, or other similar assistance is required, the designated FSS will
authority. For the situations involving 14 CFR function as the primary communications facility for
Section 91.137(a)(2), the FAA accepts recommenda- coordination between emergency control authorities
tions from military commanders serving as regional, and affected aircraft. The ARTCC may act as liaison
subregional, or Search and Rescue (SAR) coordina- for the emergency control authorities if adequate
tors; by military commanders directing or communications cannot be established between the
coordinating air operations associated with disaster designated FSS and the relief organization. For
relief; or by civil authorities directing or coordinating example, the coordination facility may relay
organized relief air operations (includes representa- authorizations from the on-scene emergency re-
tives of the Office of Emergency Planning, U.S. sponse official in cases where news media aircraft
Forest Service, and State aeronautical agencies). operations are approved at the altitudes used by relief
Appropriate authorities for a temporary flight aircraft.
restrictions establishment under 14 CFR
Section 91.137(a)(3) are any of those listed above or h. ATC may authorize operations in a temporary
by State, county, or city government entities. flight restrictions area under its own authority only
when flight restrictions are established under 14 CFR
e. The type of restrictions issued will be kept to a Section 91.137(a)(2) and (a)(3). The appropriate
minimum by the FAA consistent with achievement of ARTCC/airport traffic control tower manager will,
the necessary objective. Situations which warrant the however, ensure that such authorized flights do not
extreme restrictions of 14 CFR Section 91.137(a)(1) hamper activities or interfere with the event for which
include, but are not limited to: toxic gas leaks or restrictions were implemented. However, ATC will

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not authorize local IFR flights into the temporary UTC. Pursuant to 14 CFR Section 91.137(a)(3) temporary
flight restrictions area. flight restrictions are in effect within a 3−nautical−mile
radius of N355783/W835242 and Volunteer VORTAC 019
i. To preclude misunderstanding, the implement- degree radial 3.7 DME fix at and below 2,500 feet MSL.
ing NOTAM will contain specific and formatted Norton FSS (423) 555−6742 (126.6) is the FAA
information. The facility establishing a temporary coordination facility.
flight restrictions area will format a NOTAM
beginning with the phrase “FLIGHT RESTRIC- 4. 14 CFR Section 91.138:
The following NOTAM prohibits all aircraft except those
TIONS” followed by: the location of the temporary
operating under the authorization of the official in charge
flight restrictions area; the effective period; the area
of associated emergency or disaster relief response
defined in statute miles; the altitudes affected; the activities, aircraft carrying law enforcement officials,
FAA coordination facility and commercial telephone aircraft carrying personnel involved in an emergency or
number; the reason for the temporary flight legitimate scientific purposes, carrying properly accred-
restrictions; the agency directing any relief activities ited news media, and aircraft operating in accordance with
and its commercial telephone number; and other an ATC clearance or instruction.
information considered appropriate by the issuing Flight restrictions Kapalua, Hawaii, effective 9605101200
authority. UTC until 9605151500 UTC. Pursuant to 14 CFR
EXAMPLE− Section 91.138 temporary flight restrictions are in effect
1. 14 CFR Section 91.137(a)(1): within a 3−nautical−mile radius of N205778/W1564038
The following NOTAM prohibits all aircraft operations and Maui/OGG/VORTAC 275 degree radial at 14.1
except those specified in the NOTAM. nautical miles. John Doe 808−757−4469 or 122.4 is in
Flight restrictions Matthews, Virginia, effective immedi- charge of the operation. Honolulu/HNL 808−757−4470
ately until 9610211200. Pursuant to 14 CFR (123.6) FSS is the FAA coordination facility.
Section 91.137(a)(1) temporary flight restrictions are in 5. 14 CFR Section 91.141:
effect. Rescue operations in progress. Only relief aircraft The following NOTAM prohibits all aircraft.
operations under the direction of the Department of Flight restrictions Stillwater, Oklahoma, June 21, 1996.
Defense are authorized in the airspace at and below Pursuant to 14 CFR Section 91.141 aircraft flight
5,000 feet MSL within a 2−nautical−mile radius of Laser operations are prohibited within a 3−nautical−mile radius,
AFB, Matthews, Virginia. Commander, Laser AFB, in below 2000 feet AGL of N360962/W970515 and the
charge (897) 946−5543 (122.4). Steenson FSS Stillwater/SWO/VOR/DME 176 degree radial 3.8−nauti-
(792) 555−6141 (123.1) is the FAA coordination facility. cal−mile fix from 1400 local time to 1700 local time
2. 14 CFR Section 91.137(a)(2): June 21, 1996, unless otherwise authorized by ATC.
The following NOTAM permits flight operations in 6. 14 CFR Section 91.143:
accordance with 14 CFR Section 91.137(a)(2). The on-site The following NOTAM prohibits any aircraft of U.S.
emergency response official to authorize media aircraft registry, or pilot any aircraft under the authority of an
operations below the altitudes used by the relief aircraft. airman certificate issued by the FAA.
Flight restrictions 25 miles east of Bransome, Idaho, Kennedy space center space operations area effective
effective immediately until 9601202359 UTC. Pursuant to immediately until 9610152100 UTC. Pursuant to 14 CFR
14 CFR Section 91.137(a)(2) temporary flight restrictions Section 91.143, flight operations conducted by FAA
are in effect within a 4−nautical−mile radius of the certificated pilots or conducted in aircraft of U.S. registry
intersection of county roads 564 and 315 at and below are prohibited at any altitude from surface to unlimited,
3,500 feet MSL to provide a safe environment for fire within the following area 30−nautical−mile radius of the
fighting aircraft operations. Davis County sheriff ’s Melbourne/MLB/VORTAC 010 degree radial 21−nauti-
department (792) 555−8122 (122.9) is in charge of cal−mile fix. St. Petersburg, Florida/PIE/FSS
on-scene emergency response activities. Glivings FSS 813−545−1645 (122.2) is the FAA coordination facility and
(792) 555−1618 (122.2) is the FAA coordination facility. should be contacted for the current status of any airspace
3. 14 CFR Section 91.137(a)(3): associated with the space shuttle operations. This airspace
The following NOTAM prohibits sightseeing aircraft encompasses R2933, R2932, R2931, R2934, R2935,
operations. W497A and W158A. Additional warning and restricted
Flight restrictions Brown, Tennessee, due to olympic areas will be active in conjunction with the operations.
activity. Effective 9606181100 UTC until 9607190200 Pilots must consult all NOTAMs regarding this operation.

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3−5−4. Parachute Jump Aircraft Operations aircraft’s altitude and position in relation to the
airport, the approximate relative time when the jump
a. Procedures relating to parachute jump areas are will commence and terminate, and listen to the
contained in 14 CFR Part 105. Tabulations of position reports of other aircraft in the area.
parachute jump areas in the U.S. are contained in the
Chart Supplement U.S.
3−5−5. Published VFR Routes
b. Pilots of aircraft engaged in parachute jump
operations are reminded that all reported altitudes Published VFR routes for transitioning around, under
must be with reference to mean sea level, or flight and through complex airspace such as Class B
level, as appropriate, to enable ATC to provide airspace were developed through a number of FAA
meaningful traffic information. and industry initiatives. All of the following terms,
i.e., “VFR Flyway” “VFR Corridor” and “Class B
c. Parachute operations in the vicinity of an airport Airspace VFR Transition Route” have been used
without an operating control tower − there is no when referring to the same or different types of routes
substitute for alertness while in the vicinity of an or airspace. The following paragraphs identify and
airport. It is essential that pilots conducting parachute clarify the functionality of each type of route, and
operations be alert, look for other traffic, and specify where and when an ATC clearance is
exchange traffic information as recommended in required.
Paragraph 4−1−9, Traffic Advisory Practices at
a. VFR Flyways.
Airports Without Operating Control Towers. In
addition, pilots should avoid releasing parachutes 1. VFR Flyways and their associated Flyway
while in an airport traffic pattern when there are other Planning Charts were developed from the recommen-
aircraft in that pattern. Pilots should make dations of a National Airspace Review Task Group.
appropriate broadcasts on the designated Common A VFR Flyway is defined as a general flight path not
Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF), and monitor defined as a specific course, for use by pilots in
that CTAF until all parachute activity has terminated planning flights into, out of, through or near complex
or the aircraft has left the area. Prior to commencing terminal airspace to avoid Class B airspace. An ATC
a jump operation, the pilot should broadcast the clearance is NOT required to fly these routes.

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FIG 3−5−1
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2. VFR Flyways are depicted on the reverse side traffic using a corridor, extreme caution and vigilance
of some of the VFR Terminal Area Charts (TAC), must be exercised.
commonly referred to as Class B airspace charts. (See
FIG 3−5−2
FIG 3−5−1.) Eventually all TACs will include a VFR
Class B Airspace
Flyway Planning Chart. These charts identify VFR
flyways designed to help VFR pilots avoid major
controlled traffic flows. They may further depict
multiple VFR routings throughout the area which
may be used as an alternative to flight within Class B
airspace. The ground references provide a guide for
improved visual navigation. These routes are not
intended to discourage requests for VFR operations
within Class B airspace but are designed solely to
assist pilots in planning for flights under and around
busy Class B airspace without actually entering
Class B airspace.

3. It is very important to remember that these


suggested routes are not sterile of other traffic. The
entire Class B airspace, and the airspace underneath
it, may be heavily congested with many different
types of aircraft. Pilot adherence to VFR rules must 3. Because of the heavy traffic volume and the
be exercised at all times. Further, when operating procedures necessary to efficiently manage the flow
beneath Class B airspace, communications must be of traffic, it has not been possible to incorporate VFR
established and maintained between your aircraft and corridors in the development or modifications of
any control tower while transiting the Class B, Class B airspace in recent years.
Class C, and Class D surface areas of those airports c. Class B Airspace VFR Transition Routes.
under Class B airspace.
1. To accommodate VFR traffic through certain
Class B airspace, such as Seattle, Phoenix and
b. VFR Corridors.
Los Angeles, Class B Airspace VFR Transition
Routes were developed. A Class B Airspace VFR
1. The design of a few of the first Class B
Transition Route is defined as a specific flight course
airspace areas provided a corridor for the passage of
depicted on a TAC for transiting a specific Class B
uncontrolled traffic. A VFR corridor is defined as
airspace. These routes include specific ATC-assigned
airspace through Class B airspace, with defined
altitudes, and pilots must obtain an ATC clearance
vertical and lateral boundaries, in which aircraft may
prior to entering Class B airspace on the route.
operate without an ATC clearance or communication
with air traffic control. 2. These routes, as depicted in FIG 3−5−3, are
designed to show the pilot where to position the
2. These corridors are, in effect, a “hole” aircraft outside of, or clear of, the Class B airspace
through Class B airspace. (See FIG 3−5−2.) A classic where an ATC clearance can normally be expected
example would be the corridor through the Los with minimal or no delay. Until ATC authorization is
Angeles Class B airspace, which has been subse- received, pilots must remain clear of Class B
quently changed to Special Flight Rules airspace airspace. On initial contact, pilots should advise ATC
(SFR). A corridor is surrounded on all sides by of their position, altitude, route name desired, and
Class B airspace and does not extend down to the direction of flight. After a clearance is received, pilots
surface like a VFR Flyway. Because of their finite must fly the route as depicted and, most importantly,
lateral and vertical limits, and the volume of VFR adhere to ATC instructions.

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3−5−6. Terminal Radar Service Area (TRSA) as TRSA Service.


a. Background. TRSAs were originally estab- b. TRSAs. The primary airport(s) within the
lished as part of the Terminal Radar Program at TRSA become(s) Class D airspace. The remaining
selected airports. TRSAs were never controlled portion of the TRSA overlies other controlled
airspace from a regulatory standpoint because the airspace which is normally Class E airspace
establishment of TRSAs was never subject to the beginning at 700 or 1,200 feet and established to
rulemaking process; consequently, TRSAs are not transition to/from the en route/terminal environment.
contained in 14 CFR Part 71 nor are there any TRSA
c. Participation. Pilots operating under VFR are
operating rules in 14 CFR Part 91. Part of the Airport
encouraged to contact the radar approach control and
Radar Service Area (ARSA) program was to
avail themselves of the TRSA Services. However,
eventually replace all TRSAs. However, the ARSA
participation is voluntary on the part of the pilot. See
requirements became relatively stringent and it was
Chapter 4, Air Traffic Control, for details and
subsequently decided that TRSAs would have to
procedures.
meet ARSA criteria before they would be converted.
TRSAs do not fit into any of the U.S. airspace classes; d. Charts. TRSAs are depicted on VFR sectional
therefore, they will continue to be non−Part 71 and terminal area charts with a solid black line and
airspace areas where participating pilots can receive altitudes for each segment. The Class D portion is
additional radar services which have been redefined charted with a blue segmented line.

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Chapter 4. Air Traffic Control


Section 1. Services Available to Pilots

4−1−1. Air Route Traffic Control Centers evaluation, and technical evaluation and repair of
control and communications systems.
Centers are established primarily to provide air traffic
service to aircraft operating on IFR flight plans within b. Where the public access telephone is recorded,
controlled airspace, and principally during the a beeper tone is not required. In place of the “beep”
en route phase of flight. tone the FCC has substituted a mandatory require-
ment that persons to be recorded be given notice they
are to be recorded and give consent. Notice is given
4−1−2. Control Towers by this entry, consent to record is assumed by the
Towers have been established to provide for a safe, individual placing a call to the operational facility.
orderly and expeditious flow of traffic on and in the
vicinity of an airport. When the responsibility has 4−1−5. Communications Release of IFR
been so delegated, towers also provide for the Aircraft Landing at an Airport Without an
separation of IFR aircraft in the terminal areas. Operating Control Tower
REFERENCE− Aircraft operating on an IFR flight plan, landing at an
AIM, Paragraph 5−4−3 , Approach Control
airport without an operating control tower will be
advised to change to the airport advisory frequency
4−1−3. Flight Service Stations when direct communications with ATC are no longer
Flight Service Stations (FSSs) are air traffic required. Towers and centers do not have nontower
facilities which provide pilot briefings, flight plan airport traffic and runway in use information. The
processing, en route flight advisories, search and instrument approach may not be aligned with the
rescue services, and assistance to lost aircraft and runway in use; therefore, if the information has not
aircraft in emergency situations. FSSs also relay ATC already been obtained, pilots should make an
clearances, process Notices to Airmen, broadcast expeditious change to the airport advisory frequency
aviation weather and aeronautical information, and when authorized.
advise Customs and Border Protection of transborder REFERENCE−
AIM, Paragraph 5−4−4 , Advance Information on Instrument Approach
flights. In Alaska, designated FSSs also provide
TWEB recordings, take weather observations, and
provide Airport Advisory Services (AAS). 4−1−6. Pilot Visits to Air Traffic Facilities
Pilots are encouraged to participate in local pilot/air
4−1−4. Recording and Monitoring traffic control outreach activities. However, due to
security and workload concerns, requests for air
a. Calls to air traffic control (ATC) facilities traffic facility visits may not always be approved.
(ARTCCs, Towers, FSSs, Central Flow, and Therefore, visit requests should be submitted through
Operations Centers) over radio and ATC operational the air traffic facility as early as possible. Pilots
telephone lines (lines used for operational purposes should contact the facility and advise them of the
such as controller instructions, briefings, opening and number of persons in the group, the time and date of
closing flight plans, issuance of IFR clearances and the proposed visit, and the primary interest of the
amendments, counter hijacking activities, etc.) may group. The air traffic facility will provide further
be monitored and recorded for operational uses such instructions if a request can be approved.
as accident investigations, accident prevention, REFERENCE−
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4−1−7. Operation Rain Check a. Airport Operations Without Operating


Control Tower
Operation Rain Check is a program designed and
managed by local air traffic control facility 1. There is no substitute for alertness while in
management. Its purpose is to familiarize pilots and the vicinity of an airport. It is essential that pilots be
aspiring pilots with the ATC system, its functions, alert and look for other traffic and exchange traffic
responsibilities and benefits. information when approaching or departing an
REFERENCE− airport without an operating control tower. This is of
FAA Order JO 7210.3, Paragraph 4−2−2, Pilot Education particular importance since other aircraft may not
FAA Order 1600.69, FAA Facility Security Management Program
have communication capability or, in some cases,
pilots may not communicate their presence or
4−1−8. Approach Control Service for VFR intentions when operating into or out of such airports.
Arriving Aircraft To achieve the greatest degree of safety, it is essential
a. Numerous approach control facilities have that all radio-equipped aircraft transmit/receive on a
established programs for arriving VFR aircraft to common frequency identified for the purpose of
contact approach control for landing information. airport advisories.
This information includes: wind, runway, and 2. An airport may have a full or part-time tower
altimeter setting at the airport of intended landing. or FSS located on the airport, a full or part-time
This information may be omitted if contained in the UNICOM station or no aeronautical station at all.
Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS) There are three ways for pilots to communicate their
broadcast and the pilot states the appropriate ATIS intention and obtain airport/traffic information when
code. operating at an airport that does not have an operating
NOTE− tower: by communicating with an FSS, a UNICOM
Pilot use of “have numbers” does not indicate receipt of the operator, or by making a self-announce broadcast.
ATIS broadcast. In addition, the controller will provide
traffic advisories on a workload permitting basis. NOTE−
FSS airport advisories are available only in Alaska.
b. Such information will be furnished upon initial
contact with concerned approach control facility. The 3. Many airports are now providing completely
pilot will be requested to change to the tower automated weather, radio check capability and airport
frequency at a predetermined time or point, to receive advisory information on an automated UNICOM
further landing information. system. These systems offer a variety of features,
typically selectable by microphone clicks, on the
c. Where available, use of this procedure will not UNICOM frequency. Availability of the automated
hinder the operation of VFR flights by requiring UNICOM will be published in the Chart Supplement
excessive spacing between aircraft or devious U.S. and approach charts.
routing.
b. Communicating on a Common Frequency
d. Compliance with this procedure is not
mandatory but pilot participation is encouraged. 1. The key to communicating at an airport
REFERENCE− without an operating control tower is selection of the
AIM, Paragraph 4−1−18 , Terminal Radar Services for VFR Aircraft correct common frequency. The acronym CTAF
NOTE− which stands for Common Traffic Advisory
Approach control services for VFR aircraft are normally Frequency, is synonymous with this program. A
dependent on ATC radar. These services are not available CTAF is a frequency designated for the purpose of
during periods of a radar outage. Approach control carrying out airport advisory practices while
services for VFR aircraft are limited when CENRAP is in operating to or from an airport without an operating
use.
control tower. The CTAF may be a UNICOM,
MULTICOM, FSS, or tower frequency and is
4−1−9. Traffic Advisory Practices at identified in appropriate aeronautical publications.
Airports Without Operating Control Towers
NOTE−
(See TBL 4−1−1.) FSS frequencies are available only in Alaska.

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TBL 4−1−1
Summary of Recommended Communication Procedures

Communication/Broadcast Procedures
Practice
Facility at Airport Frequency Use Outbound Inbound Instrument
Approach
1. UNICOM (No Tower or Communicate with UNICOM Before taxiing and 10 miles out.
FSS) station on published CTAF before taxiing on Entering
frequency (122.7; 122.8; 122.725; the runway for downwind, base,
122.975; or 123.0). If unable to departure. and final. Leaving
contact UNICOM station, use the runway.
self-announce procedures on
CTAF.
2. No Tower, FSS, or Self-announce on MULTICOM Before taxiing and 10 miles out. Departing final
UNICOM frequency 122.9. before taxiing on Entering approach fix
the runway for downwind, base, (name) or on final
departure. and final. Leaving approach segment
the runway. inbound.
3. No Tower in operation, Communicate with FSS on CTAF Before taxiing and 10 miles out. Approach com-
FSS open (Alaska only) frequency. before taxiing on Entering pleted/terminated.
the runway for downwind, base,
departure. and final. Leaving
the runway.
4. FSS Closed (No Tower) Self-announce on CTAF. Before taxiing and 10 miles out.
before taxiing on Entering
the runway for downwind, base,
departure. and final. Leaving
the runway.
5. Tower or FSS not in Self-announce on CTAF. Before taxiing and 10 miles out.
operation before taxiing on Entering
the runway for downwind, base,
departure. and final. Leaving
the runway.
6. Designated CTAF Area Self-announce on CTAF Before taxiing and When entering
(Alaska Only) designated on chart or Chart before taxiing on designated CTAF
Supplement Alaska. the runway for area.
departure until
leaving designated
area.

2. CTAF (Alaska Only). In Alaska, a CTAF c. Recommended Traffic Advisory Practices


may also be designated for the purpose of carrying out
advisory practices while operating in designated 1. Pilots of inbound traffic should monitor and
areas with a high volume of VFR traffic. communicate as appropriate on the designated CTAF
from 10 miles to landing. Pilots of departing aircraft
3. The CTAF frequency for a particular airport should monitor/communicate on the appropriate
or area is contained in the Chart Supplement U.S., frequency from start-up, during taxi, and until
Chart Supplement Alaska, Alaska Terminal Publica- 10 miles from the airport unless the CFRs or local
tion, Instrument Approach Procedure Charts, and procedures require otherwise.
Instrument Departure Procedure (DP) Charts. Also,
the CTAF frequency can be obtained by contacting 2. Pilots of aircraft conducting other than
any FSS. Use of the appropriate CTAF, combined arriving or departing operations at altitudes normally
with a visual alertness and application of the used by arriving and departing aircraft should
following recommended good operating practices, monitor/communicate on the appropriate frequency
will enhance safety of flight into and out of all while within 10 miles of the airport unless required to
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operations include parachute jumping/dropping, en EXAMPLE−


route, practicing maneuvers, etc. Vero Beach radio, Centurion Six Niner Delta Delta is
ten miles south, two thousand, landing Vero Beach. I have
3. In Alaska, pilots of aircraft conducting other the automated weather, request airport advisory.
than arriving or departing operations in designated (b) Outbound
CTAF areas should monitor/communicate on the
appropriate frequency while within the designated EXAMPLE−
Vero Beach radio, Centurion Six Niner Delta Delta, ready
area, unless required to do otherwise by CFRs or local
to taxi to runway 22, VFR, departing to the southwest. I
procedures. Such operations include parachute have the automated weather, request airport advisory.
jumping/dropping, en route, practicing maneuvers,
etc. 3. Airport advisory service includes wind
direction and velocity, favored or designated runway,
REFERENCE−
AIM, Paragraph 3−5−4 , Parachute Jump Aircraft Operations
altimeter setting, known airborne and ground traffic,
NOTAMs, airport taxi routes, airport traffic pattern
d. Airport Advisory/Information Services information, and instrument approach procedures.
Provided by a FSS These elements are varied so as to best serve the
1. There are two advisory type services current traffic situation. Some airport managers have
provided at selected airports. specified that under certain wind or other conditions
designated runways be used. Pilots should advise the
(a) Local Airport Advisory (LAA) is avail- FSS of the runway they intend to use.
able only in Alaska and provided at airports that have CAUTION−
a FSS physically located on the airport, which does All aircraft in the vicinity of an airport may not be in
not have a control tower or where the tower is communication with the FSS.
operated on a part−time basis. The CTAF for LAA
e. Information Provided by Aeronautical
airports is disseminated in the appropriate aeronauti-
Advisory Stations (UNICOM)
cal publications.
1. UNICOM is a nongovernment air/ground
(b) Remote Airport Information Ser- radio communication station which may provide
vice (RAIS) is provided in support of special events airport information at public use airports where there
at nontowered airports by request from the airport is no tower or FSS.
authority.
2. On pilot request, UNICOM stations may
2. In communicating with a CTAF FSS, check provide pilots with weather information, wind
the airport’s automated weather and establish direction, the recommended runway, or other
two−way communications before transmitting out- necessary information. If the UNICOM frequency is
bound/inbound intentions or information. An designated as the CTAF, it will be identified in
inbound aircraft should initiate contact approximate- appropriate aeronautical publications.
ly 10 miles from the airport, reporting aircraft f. Unavailability of Information from FSS or
identification and type, altitude, location relative to UNICOM
the airport, intentions (landing or over flight),
possession of the automated weather, and request Should LAA by an FSS or Aeronautical Advisory
airport advisory or airport information service. A Station UNICOM be unavailable, wind and weather
departing aircraft should initiate contact before information may be obtainable from nearby
taxiing, reporting aircraft identification and type, controlled airports via Automatic Terminal Informa-
VFR or IFR, location on the airport, intentions, tion Service (ATIS) or Automated Weather
direction of take−off, possession of the automated Observing System (AWOS) frequency.
weather, and request airport advisory or information g. Self-Announce Position and/or Intentions
service. Also, report intentions before taxiing onto
the active runway for departure. If you must change 1. General. Self-announce is a procedure
frequencies for other service after initial report to whereby pilots broadcast their position or intended
FSS, return to FSS frequency for traffic update. flight activity or ground operation on the designated
CTAF. This procedure is used primarily at airports
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self-announce procedure should also be used if a pilot go, Strawn.


is unable to communicate with the FSS on the Strawn traffic Apache Two Two Five Zulu clear of runway
designated CTAF. Pilots stating, “Traffic in the area, one seven Strawn.
please advise” is not a recognized Self−Announce (b) Outbound
Position and/or Intention phrase and should not be EXAMPLE−
used under any condition. Strawn traffic, Queen Air Seven One Five Five Bravo
2. If an airport has a tower and it is temporarily (location on airport) taxiing to runway two six Strawn.
closed, or operated on a part-time basis and there is no Strawn traffic, Queen Air Seven One Five Five Bravo
departing runway two six. Departing the pattern to the
FSS on the airport or the FSS is closed, use the CTAF
(direction), climbing to (altitude) Strawn.
to self-announce your position or intentions.
(c) Practice Instrument Approach
3. Where there is no tower, FSS, or UNICOM
station on the airport, use MULTICOM frequency EXAMPLE−
Strawn traffic, Cessna Two One Four Three Quebec
122.9 for self-announce procedures. Such airports
(position from airport) inbound descending through
will be identified in appropriate aeronautical (altitude) practice (name of approach) approach runway
information publications. three five Strawn.
4. Practice Approaches. Pilots conducting Strawn traffic, Cessna Two One Four Three Quebec
practice (type) approach completed or terminated runway
practice instrument approaches should be particular-
three five Strawn.
ly alert for other aircraft that may be departing in the
opposite direction. When conducting any practice h. UNICOM Communications Procedures
approach, regardless of its direction relative to other 1. In communicating with a UNICOM station,
airport operations, pilots should make announce- the following practices will help reduce frequency
ments on the CTAF as follows: congestion, facilitate a better understanding of pilot
(a) Departing the final approach fix, inbound intentions, help identify the location of aircraft in the
(nonprecision approach) or departing the outer traffic pattern, and enhance safety of flight:
marker or fix used in lieu of the outer marker, inbound (a) Select the correct UNICOM frequency.
(precision approach);
(b) State the identification of the UNICOM
(b) Established on the final approach segment station you are calling in each transmission.
or immediately upon being released by ATC;
(c) Speak slowly and distinctly.
(c) Upon completion or termination of the
approach; and (d) Report approximately 10 miles from the
airport, reporting altitude, and state your aircraft type,
(d) Upon executing the missed approach aircraft identification, location relative to the airport,
procedure. state whether landing or overflight, and request wind
5. Departing aircraft should always be alert for information and runway in use.
arrival aircraft coming from the opposite direction. (e) Report on downwind, base, and final
approach.
6. Recommended self-announce phraseologies:
It should be noted that aircraft operating to or from (f) Report leaving the runway.
another nearby airport may be making self-announce
2. Recommended UNICOM phraseologies:
broadcasts on the same UNICOM or MULTICOM
frequency. To help identify one airport from another, (a) Inbound
the airport name should be spoken at the beginning PHRASEOLOGY−
and end of each self-announce transmission. FREDERICK UNICOM CESSNA EIGHT ZERO ONE
TANGO FOXTROT 10 MILES SOUTHEAST
(a) Inbound
DESCENDING THROUGH (altitude) LANDING
EXAMPLE− FREDERICK, REQUEST WIND AND RUNWAY
Strawn traffic, Apache Two Two Five Zulu, (position), INFORMATION FREDERICK.
(altitude), (descending) or entering downwind/base/final FREDERICK TRAFFIC CESSNA EIGHT ZERO ONE
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FINAL (as appropriate) FOR RUNWAY ONE NINER (full 4−1−11. Designated UNICOM/MULTICOM
stop/touch−and−go) FREDERICK. Frequencies
FREDERICK TRAFFIC CESSNA EIGHT ZERO ONE
TANGO FOXTROT CLEAR OF RUNWAY ONE NINER Frequency use
FREDERICK. a. The following listing depicts UNICOM and
MULTICOM frequency uses as designated by the
(b) Outbound Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
(See TBL 4−1−2.)
PHRASEOLOGY−
FREDERICK UNICOM CESSNA EIGHT ZERO ONE TBL 4−1−2
TANGO FOXTROT (location on airport) TAXIING TO Unicom/Multicom Frequency Usage
RUNWAY ONE NINER, REQUEST WIND AND TRAFFIC Use Frequency
INFORMATION FREDERICK.
FREDERICK TRAFFIC CESSNA EIGHT ZERO ONE Airports without an operating 122.700
control tower. 122.725
TANGO FOXTROT DEPARTING RUNWAY ONE NINER.
122.800
“REMAINING IN THE PATTERN” OR “DEPARTING
122.975
THE PATTERN TO THE (direction) (as appropriate)” 123.000
FREDERICK. 123.050
123.075
(MULTICOM FREQUENCY) 122.900
Activities of a temporary, seasonal,
4−1−10. IFR Approaches/Ground Vehicle emergency nature or search and
rescue, as well as, airports with no
Operations
tower, FSS, or UNICOM.
(MULTICOM FREQUENCY) 122.925
a. IFR Approaches. When operating in accor- Forestry management and fire
dance with an IFR clearance and ATC approves a suppression, fish and game
change to the advisory frequency, make an management and protection, and
environmental monitoring and
expeditious change to the CTAF and employ the
protection.
recommended traffic advisory procedures.
Airports with a control tower or 122.950
FSS on airport.
b. Ground Vehicle Operation. Airport ground
vehicles equipped with radios should monitor the NOTE−
CTAF frequency when operating on the airport 1. In some areas of the country, frequency interference
movement area and remain clear of runways/taxi- may be encountered from nearby airports using the same
ways being used by aircraft. Radio transmissions UNICOM frequency. Where there is a problem, UNICOM
from ground vehicles should be confined to operators are encouraged to develop a “least interfer-
ence” frequency assignment plan for airports concerned
safety-related matters.
using the frequencies designated for airports without
operating control towers. UNICOM licensees are
c. Radio Control of Airport Lighting Systems. encouraged to apply for UNICOM 25 kHz spaced channel
Whenever possible, the CTAF will be used to control frequencies. Due to the extremely limited number of
airport lighting systems at airports without operating frequencies with 50 kHz channel spacing, 25 kHz channel
control towers. This eliminates the need for pilots to spacing should be implemented. UNICOM licensees may
then request FCC to assign frequencies in accordance with
change frequencies to turn the lights on and allows a
the plan, which FCC will review and consider for approval.
continuous listening watch on a single frequency. The
CTAF is published on the instrument approach chart 2. Wind direction and runway information may not be
and in other appropriate aeronautical information available on UNICOM frequency 122.950.
publications. For further details concerning radio b. The following listing depicts other frequency
controlled lights, see AC 150/5340−27, Air−to− uses as designated by the Federal Communications
Ground Radio Control of Airport Lighting Systems. Commission (FCC). (See TBL 4−1−3.)

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TBL 4−1−3 b. ATIS information includes:


Other Frequency Usage Designated by FCC
1. Airport/facility name
Use Frequency
2. Phonetic letter code
Air-to-air communication 122.750
(private fixed wing aircraft). 3. Time of the latest weather sequence (UTC)
Air-to-air communications 123.025 4. Weather information consisting of:
(general aviation helicopters).
Aviation instruction, Glider, Hot Air 123.300 (a) Wind direction and velocity
Balloon (not to be used for 123.500
advisory service). (b) Visibility
(c) Obstructions to vision

4−1−12. Use of UNICOM for ATC Purposes (d) Present weather consisting of: sky condi-
tion, temperature, dew point, altimeter, a density
UNICOM service may be used for ATC purposes, altitude advisory when appropriate, and other
only under the following circumstances: pertinent remarks included in the official weather
a. Revision to proposed departure time. observation
5. Instrument approach and runway in use.
b. Takeoff, arrival, or flight plan cancellation
time. The ceiling/sky condition, visibility, and obstructions
to vision may be omitted from the ATIS broadcast if
c. ATC clearance, provided arrangements are
the ceiling is above 5,000 feet and the visibility is
made between the ATC facility and the UNICOM
more than 5 miles. The departure runway will only be
licensee to handle such messages.
given if different from the landing runway except at
locations having a separate ATIS for departure. The
4−1−13. Automatic Terminal Information broadcast may include the appropriate frequency and
Service (ATIS) instructions for VFR arrivals to make initial contact
with approach control. Pilots of aircraft arriving or
a. ATIS is the continuous broadcast of recorded departing the terminal area can receive the
noncontrol information in selected high activity continuous ATIS broadcast at times when cockpit
terminal areas. Its purpose is to improve controller duties are least pressing and listen to as many repeats
effectiveness and to relieve frequency congestion by as desired. ATIS broadcast must be updated upon the
automating the repetitive transmission of essential receipt of any official hourly and special weather. A
but routine information. The information is continu- new recording will also be made when there is a
ously broadcast over a discrete VHF radio frequency change in other pertinent data such as runway change,
or the voice portion of a local NAVAID. Arrival ATIS instrument approach in use, etc.
transmissions on a discrete VHF radio frequency are
engineered according to the individual facility EXAMPLE−
Dulles International information Sierra. One four zero
requirements, which would normally be a protected
zero zulu. Wind three five zero at eight. Visibility one zero.
service volume of 20 NM to 60 NM from the ATIS Ceiling four thousand five hundred broken. Temperature
site and a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet AGL. In three four. Dew point two eight. Altimeter three zero one
the case of a departure ATIS, the protected service zero. ILS runway one right approach in use. Departing
volume cannot exceed 5 NM and 100 feet AGL. At runway three zero. Advise on initial contact you have
most locations, ATIS signals may be received on the information sierra.
surface of the airport, but local conditions may limit
c. Pilots should listen to ATIS broadcasts
the maximum ATIS reception distance and/or
whenever ATIS is in operation.
altitude. Pilots are urged to cooperate in the ATIS
program as it relieves frequency congestion on d. Pilots should notify controllers on initial
approach control, ground control, and local control contact that they have received the ATIS broadcast by
frequencies. The Chart Supplement U.S. indicates repeating the alphabetical code word appended to the
airports for which ATIS is provided. broadcast.

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EXAMPLE− braking action, airport NOTAMs, etc.). The informa-


“Information Sierra received.” tion is continuously broadcast over a discrete VHF
e. When a pilot acknowledges receipt of the ATIS radio frequency (usually the ASOS frequency).
broadcast, controllers may omit those items con- 2. Use of AFIS is not mandatory, but pilots who
tained in the broadcast if they are current. Rapidly choose to utilize two−way radio communications
changing conditions will be issued by ATC and the with the FSS are urged to listen to AFIS, as it relieves
ATIS will contain words as follows: frequency congestion on the local airport advisory
EXAMPLE− frequency. AFIS broadcasts are updated upon receipt
“Latest ceiling/visibility/altimeter/wind/(other condi- of any official hourly and special weather, and
tions) will be issued by approach control/tower.” changes in other pertinent data.
NOTE− 3. When a pilot acknowledges receipt of the
The absence of a sky condition or ceiling and/or visibility
AFIS broadcast, FSS specialists may omit those
on ATIS indicates a sky condition or ceiling of 5,000 feet or
above and visibility of 5 miles or more. A remark may be
items contained in the broadcast if they are current.
made on the broadcast, “the weather is better than When rapidly changing conditions exist, the latest
5000 and 5,” or the existing weather may be broadcast. ceiling, visibility, altimeter, wind or other conditions
may be omitted from the AFIS and will be issued by
f. Controllers will issue pertinent information to the FSS specialist on the appropriate radio frequency.
pilots who do not acknowledge receipt of a broadcast
or who acknowledge receipt of a broadcast which is EXAMPLE−
not current. “Kotzebue information ALPHA. One six five five zulu.
Wind, two one zero at five; visibility two, fog; ceiling one
g. To serve frequency limited aircraft, FSSs are hundred overcast; temperature minus one two, dew point
equipped to transmit on the omnirange frequency at minus one four; altimeter three one zero five. Altimeter in
most en route VORs used as ATIS voice outlets. Such excess of three one zero zero, high pressure altimeter
communication interrupts the ATIS broadcast. Pilots setting procedures are in effect. Favored runway two six.
of aircraft equipped to receive on other FSS Weather in Kotzebue surface area is below V−F−R
minima − an ATC clearance is required. Contact
frequencies are encouraged to do so in order that these
Kotzebue Radio on 123.6 for traffic advisories and advise
override transmissions may be kept to an absolute intentions. Notice to Airmen, Hotham NDB out of service.
minimum. Transcribed Weather Broadcast out of service. Advise on
h. While it is a good operating practice for pilots initial contact you have ALPHA.”
to make use of the ATIS broadcast where it is NOTE−
available, some pilots use the phrase “have numbers” The absence of a sky condition or ceiling and/or visibility
in communications with the control tower. Use of this on Alaska FSS AFIS indicates a sky condition or ceiling of
phrase means that the pilot has received wind, 5,000 feet or above and visibility of 5 miles or more. A
remark may be made on the broadcast, “the weather is
runway, and altimeter information ONLY and the
better than 5000 and 5.”
tower does not have to repeat this information. It does
not indicate receipt of the ATIS broadcast and should b. Pilots should listen to Alaska FSSs AFIS
never be used for this purpose. broadcasts whenever Alaska FSSs AFIS is in
operation.
4−1−14. Automatic Flight Information NOTE−
Service (AFIS) − Alaska FSSs Only Some Alaska FSSs are open part time and/or seasonally.
a. AFIS is the continuous broadcast of recorded c. Pilots should notify controllers on initial
non−control information at airports in Alaska where contact that they have received the Alaska FSSs
an FSS provides local airport advisory service. Its AFIS broadcast by repeating the phonetic alphabetic
purpose is to improve FSS specialist efficiency by letter appended to the broadcast.
reducing frequency congestion on the local airport EXAMPLE−
advisory frequency. “Information Alpha received.”
1. The AFIS broadcast will automate the d. While it is a good operating practice for pilots
repetitive transmission of essential but routine to make use of the Alaska FSS AFIS broadcast where
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numbers” in communications with the FSS. Use of tion may be provided to flights not operating on IFR
this phrase means that the pilot has received wind, flight plans when requested by pilots of such flights.
runway, and altimeter information ONLY and the NOTE−
Alaska FSS does not have to repeat this information. Radar ATC facilities normally display and monitor both
It does not indicate receipt of the AFIS broadcast and primary and secondary radar when it is available, except
should never be used for this purpose. that secondary radar may be used as the sole display
source in Class A airspace, and under some circumstances
outside of Class A airspace (beyond primary coverage and
4−1−15. Radar Traffic Information Service
in en route areas where only secondary is available).
This is a service provided by radar ATC facilities. Secondary radar may also be used outside Class A
Pilots receiving this service are advised of any radar airspace as the sole display source when the primary radar
target observed on the radar display which may be in is temporarily unusable or out of service. Pilots in contact
with the affected ATC facility are normally advised when
such proximity to the position of their aircraft or its
a temporary outage occurs; i.e., “primary radar out of
intended route of flight that it warrants their attention. service; traffic advisories available on transponder
This service is not intended to relieve the pilot of the aircraft only.” This means simply that only the aircraft
responsibility for continual vigilance to see and avoid which have transponders installed and in use will be
other aircraft. depicted on ATC radar indicators when the primary radar
is temporarily out of service.
a. Purpose of the Service
2. When receiving VFR radar advisory service,
1. The issuance of traffic information as pilots should monitor the assigned frequency at all
observed on a radar display is based on the principle times. This is to preclude controllers’ concern for
of assisting and advising a pilot that a particular radar radio failure or emergency assistance to aircraft under
target’s position and track indicates it may intersect or the controller’s jurisdiction. VFR radar advisory
pass in such proximity to that pilot’s intended flight service does not include vectors away from
path that it warrants attention. This is to alert the pilot conflicting traffic unless requested by the pilot. When
to the traffic, to be on the lookout for it, and thereby advisory service is no longer desired, advise the
be in a better position to take appropriate action controller before changing frequencies and then
should the need arise. change your transponder code to 1200, if applicable.
2. Pilots are reminded that the surveillance radar Pilots should also inform the controller when
used by ATC does not provide altitude information changing VFR cruising altitude. Except in programs
unless the aircraft is equipped with Mode C and the where radar service is automatically terminated, the
radar facility is capable of displaying altitude controller will advise the aircraft when radar is
information. terminated.
b. Provisions of the Service NOTE−
Participation by VFR pilots in formal programs
1. Many factors, such as limitations of the radar, implemented at certain terminal locations constitutes pilot
volume of traffic, controller workload and commu- request. This also applies to participating pilots at those
nications frequency congestion, could prevent the locations where arriving VFR flights are encouraged to
controller from providing this service. Controllers make their first contact with the tower on the approach
possess complete discretion for determining whether control frequency.
they are able to provide or continue to provide this c. Issuance of Traffic Information. Traffic
service in a specific case. The controller’s reason information will include the following concerning a
against providing or continuing to provide the service target which may constitute traffic for an aircraft that
in a particular case is not subject to question nor need is:
it be communicated to the pilot. In other words, the 1. Radar identified
provision of this service is entirely dependent upon
whether controllers believe they are in a position to (a) Azimuth from the aircraft in terms of the
provide it. Traffic information is routinely provided 12 hour clock, or
to all aircraft operating on IFR flight plans except (b) When rapidly maneuvering civil test or
when the pilot declines the service, or the pilot is military aircraft prevent accurate issuance of traffic
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position in terms of the eight cardinal compass points FIG 4−1−1


(N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW). This method must be Induced Error in Position of Traffic
terminated at the pilot’s request.
WIND

(c) Distance from the aircraft in nautical TRACK TRACK

miles;
(A) (B)

(d) Direction in which the target is proceed-


ing; and
EXAMPLE−
In FIG 4−1−1 traffic information would be issued to the
(e) Type of aircraft and altitude if known. pilot of aircraft “A” as 12 o’clock. The actual position of
the traffic as seen by the pilot of aircraft “A” would be
EXAMPLE− 2 o’clock. Traffic information issued to aircraft “B” would
Traffic 10 o’clock, 3 miles, west-bound (type aircraft and also be given as 12 o’clock, but in this case, the pilot of “B”
altitude, if known, of the observed traffic). The altitude may would see the traffic at 10 o’clock.
be known, by means of Mode C, but not verified with the
FIG 4−1−2
pilot for accuracy. (To be valid for separation purposes by
Induced Error in Position of Traffic
ATC, the accuracy of Mode C readouts must be verified.
This is usually accomplished upon initial entry into the
radar system by a comparison of the readout to pilot stated
altitude, or the field elevation in the case of continuous WIND
TRACK

readout being received from an aircraft on the airport.)


(D)
When necessary to issue traffic advisories containing
unverified altitude information, the controller will issue the (C)
advisory in the same manner as if it were verified due to the TRACK
accuracy of these readouts. The pilot may upon receipt of
traffic information, request a vector (heading) to avoid
such traffic. The vector will be provided to the extent
possible as determined by the controller provided the EXAMPLE−
aircraft to be vectored is within the airspace under the In FIG 4−1−2 traffic information would be issued to the
jurisdiction of the controller. pilot of aircraft “C” as 2 o’clock. The actual position of the
traffic as seen by the pilot of aircraft “C” would be
2. Not radar identified 3 o’clock. Traffic information issued to aircraft “D” would
be at an 11 o’clock position. Since it is not necessary for the
pilot of aircraft “D” to apply wind correction (crab) to
(a) Distance and direction with respect to a remain on track, the actual position of the traffic issued
fix; would be correct. Since the radar controller can only
observe aircraft track (course) on the radar display, traffic
(b) Direction in which the target is proceed- advisories are issued accordingly, and pilots should give
ing; and due consideration to this fact when looking for reported
traffic.

(c) Type of aircraft and altitude if known. 4−1−16. Safety Alert


EXAMPLE− A safety alert will be issued to pilots of aircraft being
Traffic 8 miles south of the airport northeastbound, (type controlled by ATC if the controller is aware the
aircraft and altitude if known). aircraft is at an altitude which, in the controller’s
judgment, places the aircraft in unsafe proximity to
d. The examples depicted in the following figures terrain, obstructions or other aircraft. The provision
point out the possible error in the position of this of this service is contingent upon the capability of the
traffic when it is necessary for a pilot to apply drift controller to have an awareness of a situation
correction to maintain this track. This error could also involving unsafe proximity to terrain, obstructions
occur in the event a change in course is made at the and uncontrolled aircraft. The issuance of a safety
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reasonable, though intermittent basis. Once the alert equipped aircraft operating on an IFR flight plan is
is issued, it is solely the pilot’s prerogative to below a predetermined minimum safe altitude.
determine what course of action, if any, to take. This NOTE−
procedure is intended for use in time critical Pilots operating VFR may request MSAW or LAAS
situations where aircraft safety is in question. monitoring if their aircraft are equipped with Mode C
Noncritical situations should be handled via the transponders.
normal traffic alert procedures. EXAMPLE−
Apache Three Three Papa request MSAW/LAAS.
a. Terrain or Obstruction Alert
b. Aircraft Conflict Alert.
1. Controllers will immediately issue an alert to 1. Controllers will immediately issue an alert to
the pilot of an aircraft under their control when they the pilot of an aircraft under their control if they are
recognize that the aircraft is at an altitude which, in aware of another aircraft which is not under their
their judgment, may be in an unsafe proximity to control, at an altitude which, in the controller’s
terrain/obstructions. The primary method of detect- judgment, places both aircraft in unsafe proximity to
ing unsafe proximity is through Mode C automatic each other. With the alert, when feasible, the
altitude reports. controller will offer the pilot the position of the traffic
EXAMPLE− if time permits and an alternate course(s) of action.
Low altitude alert Cessna Three Four Juliet, check your Any alternate course(s) of action the controller may
altitude immediately. And if the aircraft is not yet on final recommend to the pilot will be predicated only on
approach, the MVA (MEA/MIA/MOCA) in your area is six other traffic being worked by the controller.
thousand. EXAMPLE−
2. Terminal Automated Radar Terminal System American Three, traffic alert, (position of traffic, if time
permits), advise you turn right/left heading (degrees)
(ARTS) IIIA, Common ARTS (to include ARTS IIIE
and/or climb/descend to (altitude) immediately.
and ARTS IIE) (CARTS), Micro En Route
Automated Radar Tracking System (MEARTS), and
Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System 4−1−17. Radar Assistance to VFR Aircraft
(STARS) facilities have an automated function a. Radar equipped FAA ATC facilities provide
which, if operating, alerts controllers when a tracked radar assistance and navigation service (vectors) to
Mode C equipped aircraft under their control is below VFR aircraft provided the aircraft can communicate
or is predicted to be below a predetermined minimum with the facility, are within radar coverage, and can be
safe altitude. This function, called Minimum Safe radar identified.
Altitude Warning (MSAW), is designed solely as a
controller aid in detecting potentially unsafe aircraft b. Pilots should clearly understand that authoriza-
proximity to terrain/obstructions. The ARTS IIIA, tion to proceed in accordance with such radar
CARTS, MEARTS, and STARS facility will, when navigational assistance does not constitute authoriza-
tion for the pilot to violate CFRs. In effect, assistance
MSAW is operating, provide MSAW monitoring for
all aircraft with an operating Mode C altitude provided is on the basis that navigational guidance
encoding transponder that are tracked by the system information issued is advisory in nature and the job of
and are: flying the aircraft safely, remains with the pilot.
c. In many cases, controllers will be unable to
(a) Operating on an IFR flight plan; or determine if flight into instrument conditions will
result from their instructions. To avoid possible
(b) Operating VFR and have requested hazards resulting from being vectored into IFR
MSAW monitoring. conditions, pilots should keep controllers advised of
the weather conditions in which they are operating
3. Terminal AN/TPX−42A (number beacon
and along the course ahead.
decoder system) facilities have an automated
function called Low Altitude Alert System (LAAS). d. Radar navigation assistance (vectors) may be
Although not as sophisticated as MSAW, LAAS initiated by the controller when one of the following
alerts the controller when a Mode C transponder conditions exist:

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1. The controller suggests the vector and the 2. Vectoring service may be provided when
pilot concurs. requested by the pilot or with pilot concurrence when
suggested by ATC.
2. A special program has been established and
vectoring service has been advertised. 3. Pilots of arriving aircraft should contact
approach control on the publicized frequency and
3. In the controller’s judgment the vector is give their position, altitude, aircraft call sign, type
necessary for air safety. aircraft, radar beacon code (if transponder equipped),
destination, and request traffic information.
e. Radar navigation assistance (vectors) and other
radar derived information may be provided in 4. Approach control will issue wind and
response to pilot requests. Many factors, such as runway, except when the pilot states “have numbers”
limitations of radar, volume of traffic, communica- or this information is contained in the ATIS broadcast
tions frequency, congestion, and controller workload and the pilot states that the current ATIS information
could prevent the controller from providing it. has been received. Traffic information is provided on
Controllers have complete discretion for determining a workload permitting basis. Approach control will
if they are able to provide the service in a particular specify the time or place at which the pilot is to
case. Their decision not to provide the service in a contact the tower on local control frequency for
particular case is not subject to question. further landing information. Radar service is
automatically terminated and the aircraft need not be
advised of termination when an arriving VFR aircraft
4−1−18. Terminal Radar Services for VFR receiving radar services to a tower−controlled airport
Aircraft where basic radar service is provided has landed, or
to all other airports, is instructed to change to tower
a. Basic Radar Service: or advisory frequency. (See FAA Order JO 7110.65,
Air Traffic Control, Paragraph 5−1−13, Radar
1. In addition to the use of radar for the control Service Termination.)
of IFR aircraft, all commissioned radar facilities
provide the following basic radar services for VFR 5. Sequencing for VFR aircraft is available at
aircraft: certain terminal locations (see locations listed in the
Chart Supplement U.S.). The purpose of the service
(a) Safety alerts. is to adjust the flow of arriving VFR and IFR aircraft
into the traffic pattern in a safe and orderly manner
(b) Traffic advisories. and to provide radar traffic information to departing
(c) Limited radar vectoring (on a workload VFR aircraft. Pilot participation is urged but is not
permitting basis). mandatory. Traffic information is provided on a
workload permitting basis. Standard radar separation
(d) Sequencing at locations where proce- between VFR or between VFR and IFR aircraft is not
dures have been established for this purpose and/or provided.
when covered by a Letter of Agreement. (a) Pilots of arriving VFR aircraft should
NOTE− initiate radio contact on the publicized frequency
When the stage services were developed, two basic radar with approach control when approximately 25 miles
services (traffic advisories and limited vectoring) were from the airport at which sequencing services are
identified as “Stage I.” This definition became unneces- being provided. On initial contact by VFR aircraft,
sary and the term “Stage I” was eliminated from use. The approach control will assume that sequencing service
term “Stage II” has been eliminated in conjunction with is requested. After radar contact is established, the
the airspace reclassification, and sequencing services to pilot may use pilot navigation to enter the traffic
locations with local procedures and/or letters of agreement
pattern or, depending on traffic conditions, approach
to provide this service have been included in basic services
to VFR aircraft. These basic services will still be provided control may provide the pilot with routings or vectors
by all terminal radar facilities whether they include necessary for proper sequencing with other partici-
Class B, Class C, Class D or Class E airspace. “Stage III” pating VFR and IFR traffic en route to the airport.
services have been replaced with “Class B” and “TRSA” When a flight is positioned behind a preceding
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sight, the pilot will be instructed to follow the 4. While operating within a TRSA, pilots are
preceding aircraft. THE ATC INSTRUCTION TO provided TRSA service and separation as prescribed
FOLLOW THE PRECEDING AIRCRAFT DOES in this paragraph. In the event of a radar outage,
NOT AUTHORIZE THE PILOT TO COMPLY separation and sequencing of VFR aircraft will be
WITH ANY ATC CLEARANCE OR INSTRUC- suspended as this service is dependent on radar. The
TION ISSUED TO THE PRECEDING AIRCRAFT. pilot will be advised that the service is not available
If other “nonparticipating” or “local” aircraft are in and issued wind, runway information, and the time or
the traffic pattern, the tower will issue a landing place to contact the tower. Traffic information will be
sequence. If an arriving aircraft does not want radar provided on a workload permitting basis.
service, the pilot should state “NEGATIVE RADAR 5. Visual separation is used when prevailing
SERVICE” or make a similar comment, on initial conditions permit and it will be applied as follows:
contact with approach control.
(a) When a VFR flight is positioned behind a
(b) Pilots of departing VFR aircraft are preceding aircraft and the pilot reports having that
encouraged to request radar traffic information by aircraft in sight, the pilot will be instructed by ATC to
notifying ground control on initial contact with their follow the preceding aircraft. Radar service will be
request and proposed direction of flight. continued to the runway. THE ATC INSTRUCTION
TO FOLLOW THE PRECEDING AIRCRAFT
EXAMPLE−
DOES NOT AUTHORIZE THE PILOT TO
Xray ground control, November One Eight Six, Cessna One
Seventy Two, ready to taxi, VFR southbound at 2,500, have COMPLY WITH ANY ATC CLEARANCE OR
information bravo and request radar traffic information. INSTRUCTION ISSUED TO THE PRECEDING
AIRCRAFT.
NOTE−
Following takeoff, the tower will advise when to contact (b) If other “nonparticipating” or “local”
departure control. aircraft are in the traffic pattern, the tower will issue
a landing sequence.
(c) Pilots of aircraft transiting the area and in
radar contact/communication with approach control (c) Departing VFR aircraft may be asked if
will receive traffic information on a controller they can visually follow a preceding departure out of
workload permitting basis. Pilots of such aircraft the TRSA. The pilot will be instructed to follow the
should give their position, altitude, aircraft call sign, other aircraft provided that the pilot can maintain
aircraft type, radar beacon code (if transponder visual contact with that aircraft.
equipped), destination, and/or route of flight. 6. VFR aircraft will be separated from VFR/IFR
aircraft by one of the following:
b. TRSA Service (Radar Sequencing and
Separation Service for VFR Aircraft in a TRSA). (a) 500 feet vertical separation.
(b) Visual separation.
1. This service has been implemented at certain
terminal locations. The service is advertised in the (c) Target resolution (a process to ensure that
Chart Supplement U.S. The purpose of this service is correlated radar targets do not touch).
to provide separation between all participating VFR 7. Participating pilots operating VFR in a
aircraft and all IFR aircraft operating within the TRSA:
airspace defined as the Terminal Radar Service Area
(a) Must maintain an altitude when assigned
(TRSA). Pilot participation is urged but is not
by ATC unless the altitude assignment is to maintain
mandatory.
at or below a specified altitude. ATC may assign
2. If any aircraft does not want the service, the altitudes for separation that do not conform to
pilot should state “NEGATIVE TRSA SERVICE” or 14 CFR Section 91.159. When the altitude assign-
make a similar comment, on initial contact with ment is no longer needed for separation or when
approach control or ground control, as appropriate. leaving the TRSA, the instruction will be broadcast,
“RESUME APPROPRIATE VFR ALTITUDES.”
3. TRSAs are depicted on sectional aeronautical Pilots must then return to an altitude that conforms to
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(b) When not assigned an altitude, the pilot f. ATC services for VFR aircraft participating in
should coordinate with ATC prior to any altitude terminal radar services are dependent on ATC radar.
change. Services for VFR aircraft are not available during
periods of a radar outage and are limited during
8. Within the TRSA, traffic information on CENRAP operations. The pilot will be advised when
observed but unidentified targets will, to the extent VFR services are limited or not available.
possible, be provided to all IFR and participating
VFR aircraft. The pilot will be vectored upon request NOTE−
to avoid the observed traffic, provided the aircraft to Class B and Class C airspace are areas of regulated
airspace. The absence of ATC radar does not negate the
be vectored is within the airspace under the
requirement of an ATC clearance to enter Class B airspace
jurisdiction of the controller. or two way radio contact with ATC to enter Class C
airspace.
9. Departing aircraft should inform ATC of their
intended destination and/or route of flight and
proposed cruising altitude. 4−1−19. Tower En Route Control (TEC)
10. ATC will normally advise participating a. TEC is an ATC program to provide a service to
VFR aircraft when leaving the geographical limits of aircraft proceeding to and from metropolitan areas. It
the TRSA. Radar service is not automatically links designated Approach Control Areas by a
terminated with this advisory unless specifically network of identified routes made up of the existing
stated by the controller. airway structure of the National Airspace System.
The FAA initiated an expanded TEC program to
c. Class C Service. This service provides, in include as many facilities as possible. The program’s
addition to basic radar service, approved separation intent is to provide an overflow resource in the low
between IFR and VFR aircraft, and sequencing of altitude system which would enhance ATC services.
VFR arrivals to the primary airport. A few facilities have historically allowed turbojets to
d. Class B Service. This service provides, in proceed between certain city pairs, such as
addition to basic radar service, approved separation Milwaukee and Chicago, via tower en route and these
of aircraft based on IFR, VFR, and/or weight, and locations may continue this service. However, the
sequencing of VFR arrivals to the primary airport(s). expanded TEC program will be applied, generally,
for nonturbojet aircraft operating at and below
e. PILOT RESPONSIBILITY. THESE SER- 10,000 feet. The program is entirely within the
VICES ARE NOT TO BE INTERPRETED AS approach control airspace of multiple terminal
RELIEVING PILOTS OF THEIR RESPONSIBILI- facilities. Essentially, it is for relatively short flights.
TIES TO SEE AND AVOID OTHER TRAFFIC Participating pilots are encouraged to use TEC for
OPERATING IN BASIC VFR WEATHER CONDI- flights of two hours duration or less. If longer flights
TIONS, TO ADJUST THEIR OPERATIONS AND are planned, extensive coordination may be required
FLIGHT PATH AS NECESSARY TO PRECLUDE within the multiple complex which could result in
SERIOUS WAKE ENCOUNTERS, TO MAINTAIN unanticipated delays.
APPROPRIATE TERRAIN AND OBSTRUCTION
b. Pilots requesting TEC are subject to the same
CLEARANCE, OR TO REMAIN IN WEATHER
delay factor at the destination airport as other aircraft
CONDITIONS EQUAL TO OR BETTER THAN
in the ATC system. In addition, departure and en route
THE MINIMUMS REQUIRED BY 14 CFR
delays may occur depending upon individual facility
SECTION 91.155. WHENEVER COMPLIANCE
workload. When a major metropolitan airport is
WITH AN ASSIGNED ROUTE, HEADING
incurring significant delays, pilots in the TEC
AND/OR ALTITUDE IS LIKELY TO COMPRO-
program may want to consider an alternative airport
MISE PILOT RESPONSIBILITY RESPECTING
experiencing no delay.
TERRAIN AND OBSTRUCTION CLEARANCE,
VORTEX EXPOSURE, AND WEATHER MINI- c. There are no unique requirements upon pilots to
MUMS, APPROACH CONTROL SHOULD BE SO use the TEC program. Normal flight plan filing
ADVISED AND A REVISED CLEARANCE OR procedures will ensure proper flight plan processing.
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remarks section of the flight plan when requesting (b) Arrivals. Maintain transponder to the
tower en route control. altitude reporting mode or if TCAS-equipped (TA or
TA/RA), select the transponder to altitude reporting
d. All approach controls in the system may not
mode. Maintain ADS-B Out transmissions (if
operate up to the maximum TEC altitude of
equipped) after clearing the active runway. Select
10,000 feet. IFR flight may be planned to any
STBY or OFF for transponder and ADS-B (if
satellite airport in proximity to the major primary
equipped) upon arriving at the aircraft’s parking spot
airport via the same routing.
or gate.
4−1−20. Transponder Operation 4. Transponder and ADS-B Operations in
the Air. EACH PILOT OPERATING AN AIR-
a. General CRAFT EQUIPPED WITH AN OPERABLE ATC
1. Pilots should be aware that proper application TRANSPONDER, MAINTAINED IN ACCORD-
of transponder operating procedures will provide ANCE WITH 14 CFR SECTION 91.413 OR ADS-B
both VFR and IFR aircraft with a higher degree of TRANSMITTER, MUST OPERATE THE
safety while operating on the ground and airborne. TRANSPONDER/TRANSMITTER, INCLUDING
Transponders with altitude reporting mode turned MODE C/S IF INSTALLED, ON THE APPROPRI-
ON (Mode C or S) substantially increase the ATE MODE 3/A CODE OR AS ASSIGNED BY
capability of surveillance systems to see an aircraft, ATC. EACH PERSON OPERATING AN AIR-
thus providing the Air Traffic Controller increased CRAFT EQUIPPED WITH ADS-B OUT MUST
situational awareness and the ability to identify OPERATE THIS EQUIPMENT IN THE TRANS-
potential traffic conflicts. Even VFR pilots who are MIT MODE AT ALL TIMES WHILE AIRBORNE
not in contact with ATC will be afforded greater UNLESS OTHERWISE REQUESTED BY ATC.
protection from IFR aircraft and VFR aircraft which 5. A pilot on an IFR flight who elects to cancel
are receiving traffic advisories. Nevertheless, pilots the IFR flight plan prior to reaching destination,
should never relax their visual scanning for other should adjust the transponder according to VFR
aircraft. operations.
2. Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System 6. If entering a U.S. OFFSHORE AIRSPACE
(ATCRBS) is similar to and compatible with military AREA from outside the U.S., the pilot should advise
coded radar beacon equipment. Civil Mode A is on first radio contact with a U.S. radar ATC facility
identical to military Mode 3. that such equipment is available by adding
“transponder” to the aircraft identification.
3. Transponder and ADS-B operations on the
ground. Civil and military aircraft should operate 7. It should be noted by all users of ATC
with the transponder in the altitude reporting mode transponders and ADS−B Out systems that the
(consult the aircraft’s flight manual to determine the surveillance coverage they can expect is limited to
specific transponder position to enable altitude “line of sight” with ground radar and ADS−B radio
reporting) and ADS-B Out transmissions enabled (if sites. Low altitude or aircraft antenna shielding by the
equipped) at all airports, any time the aircraft is aircraft itself may result in reduced range or loss of
positioned on any portion of an airport movement aircraft contact. Surveillance coverage can be
area. This includes all defined taxiways and runways. improved by climbing to a higher altitude.
Pilots must pay particular attention to ATIS and NOTE−
airport diagram notations, General Notes (included Pilots of aircraft equipped with ADS−B should refer to
on airport charts), and comply with directions AIM, Automatic Dependent Surveillance − Broadcast
pertaining to transponder and ADS-B usage. Services, Paragraph 4−5−7 , for a complete description of
Generally, these directions are: operating limitations and procedures.

(a) Departures. Select the transponder mode b. Transponder Code Designation


which allows altitude reporting and enable ADS-B (if 1. For ATC to utilize one or a combination of the
equipped) during pushback or taxi-out from parking 4096 discrete codes FOUR DIGIT CODE DES-
spot. Select TA or TA/RA (if equipped with TCAS) IGNATION will be used, e.g., code 2100 will be
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operational characteristics of the rapidly expanding 1. The transponder must be operated only as
automated ATC system, THE LAST TWO DIGITS specified by ATC. Activate the “IDENT” feature only
OF THE SELECTED TRANSPONDER CODE upon request of the ATC controller.
SHOULD ALWAYS READ “00” UNLESS SPECIF- e. Code Changes
ICALLY REQUESTED BY ATC TO BE
OTHERWISE. 1. When making routine code changes, pilots
should avoid inadvertent selection of Codes 7500,
c. Automatic Altitude Reporting (Mode C) 7600 or 7700 thereby causing momentary false
alarms at automated ground facilities. For example,
1. Some transponders are equipped with a when switching from Code 2700 to Code 7200,
Mode C automatic altitude reporting capability. This switch first to 2200 then to 7200, NOT to 7700 and
system converts aircraft altitude in 100 foot then 7200. This procedure applies to nondiscrete
increments to coded digital information which is Code 7500 and all discrete codes in the 7600 and 7700
transmitted together with Mode C framing pulses to series (i.e., 7600−7677, 7700−7777) which will
the interrogating radar facility. The manner in which trigger special indicators in automated facilities.
transponder panels are designed differs, therefore, a Only nondiscrete Code 7500 will be decoded as the
pilot should be thoroughly familiar with the operation hijack code.
of the transponder so that ATC may realize its full
2. Under no circumstances should a pilot of a
capabilities.
civil aircraft operate the transponder on Code 7777.
2. Adjust transponder to reply on the Mode A/3 This code is reserved for military interceptor
code specified by ATC and, if equipped, to reply on operations.
Mode C with altitude reporting capability activated 3. Military pilots operating VFR or IFR within
unless deactivation is directed by ATC or unless the restricted/warning areas should adjust their trans-
installed aircraft equipment has not been tested and ponders to Code 4000 unless another code has been
calibrated as required by 14 CFR Section 91.217. If assigned by ATC.
deactivation is required by ATC, turn off the altitude f. Mode C Transponder Requirements
reporting feature of your transponder. An instruction
by ATC to “STOP ALTITUDE SQUAWK, ALTI- 1. Specific details concerning requirements to
TUDE DIFFERS (number of feet) FEET,” may be an carry and operate Mode C transponders, as well as
indication that your transponder is transmitting exceptions and ATC authorized deviations from the
incorrect altitude information or that you have an requirements are found in 14 CFR Section 91.215 and
incorrect altimeter setting. While an incorrect 14 CFR Section 99.12.
altimeter setting has no effect on the Mode C altitude 2. In general, the CFRs require aircraft to be
information transmitted by your transponder (trans- equipped with Mode C transponders when operating:
ponders are preset at 29.92), it would cause you to fly
(a) At or above 10,000 feet MSL over the
at an actual altitude different from your assigned
48 contiguous states or the District of Columbia,
altitude. When a controller indicates that an altitude
excluding that airspace below 2,500 feet AGL;
readout is invalid, the pilot should initiate a check to
verify that the aircraft altimeter is set correctly. (b) Within 30 miles of a Class B airspace
primary airport, below 10,000 feet MSL. Balloons,
3. Pilots of aircraft with operating Mode C gliders, and aircraft not equipped with an engine
altitude reporting transponders should report exact driven electrical system are excepted from the above
altitude or flight level to the nearest hundred foot requirements when operating below the floor of
increment when establishing initial contact with an Class A airspace and/or; outside of a Class B airspace
ATC facility. Exact altitude or flight level reports on and below the ceiling of the Class B airspace (or
initial contact provide ATC with information that is 10,000 feet MSL, whichever is lower);
required prior to using Mode C altitude information
(c) Within and above all Class C airspace, up
for separation purposes. This will significantly
to 10,000 feet MSL;
reduce altitude verification requests.
(d) Within 10 miles of certain designated
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the Class D surface area and below 1,200 feet AGL. so equipped, unless deactivation is directed by ATC
Balloons, gliders and aircraft not equipped with an or unless the installed equipment has not been tested
engine driven electrical system are excepted from this and calibrated as required by 14 CFR Section 91.217.
requirement. If deactivation is required and your transponder is so
designed, turn off the altitude reporting switch and
3. 14 CFR Section 99.13 requires all aircraft
continue to transmit Mode C framing pulses. If this
flying into, within, or across the contiguous U.S.
capability does not exist, turn off Mode C.
ADIZ be equipped with a Mode C or Mode S
transponder. Balloons, gliders and aircraft not h. Radar Beacon Phraseology
equipped with an engine driven electrical system are
Air traffic controllers, both civil and military, will use
excepted from this requirement.
the following phraseology when referring to
4. Pilots must ensure that their aircraft trans- operation of the Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon
ponder is operating on an appropriate ATC assigned System (ATCRBS). Instructions by ATC refer only to
VFR/IFR code and Mode C when operating in such Mode A/3 or Mode C operation and do not affect the
airspace. If in doubt about the operational status of operation of the transponder on other Modes.
either feature of your transponder while airborne,
1. SQUAWK (number). Operate radar beacon
contact the nearest ATC facility or FSS and they will
transponder on designated code in Mode A/3.
advise you what facility you should contact for
determining the status of your equipment. 2. IDENT. Engage the “IDENT” feature (mili-
tary I/P) of the transponder.
5. In-flight requests for “immediate” deviation
from the transponder requirement may be approved 3. SQUAWK (number) and IDENT. Operate
by controllers only when the flight will continue IFR transponder on specified code in Mode A/3 and
or when weather conditions prevent VFR descent and engage the “IDENT” (military I/P) feature.
continued VFR flight in airspace not affected by the
4. SQUAWK STANDBY. Switch transponder
CFRs. All other requests for deviation should be
to standby position.
made by contacting the nearest Flight Service or
Air Traffic facility in person or by telephone. The 5. SQUAWK LOW/NORMAL. Operate
nearest ARTCC will normally be the controlling transponder on low or normal sensitivity as specified.
agency and is responsible for coordinating requests Transponder is operated in “NORMAL” position
involving deviations in other ARTCC areas. unless ATC specifies “LOW” (“ON” is used instead
of “NORMAL” as a master control label on some
g. Transponder Operation Under Visual Flight
types of transponders.)
Rules (VFR)
6. SQUAWK ALTITUDE. Activate Mode C
1. Unless otherwise instructed by an ATC
with automatic altitude reporting.
facility, adjust transponder to reply on Mode 3/A
Code 1200 regardless of altitude. 7. STOP ALTITUDE SQUAWK. Turn off
NOTE− altitude reporting switch and continue transmitting
1. Aircraft not in contact with an ATC facility may squawk Mode C framing pulses. If your equipment does not
1255 in lieu of 1200 while en route to, from, or within the have this capability, turn off Mode C.
designated fire fighting area(s).
8. STOP SQUAWK (mode in use). Switch off
2. VFR aircraft which fly authorized SAR missions for the specified mode. (Used for military aircraft when the
USAF or USCG may be advised to squawk 1277 in lieu of controller is unaware of military service require-
1200 while en route to, from, or within the designated ments for the aircraft to continue operation on another
search area.
Mode.)
3. Gliders not in contact with an ATC facility should
squawk 1202 in lieu of 1200. 9. STOP SQUAWK. Switch off transponder.
REFERENCE− 10. SQUAWK MAYDAY. Operate transpond-
FAA Order 7110.66, National Beacon Code Allocation Plan.
er in the emergency position (Mode A Code 7700 for
2. Adjust transponder to reply on Mode C, with civil transponder. Mode 3 Code 7700 and emergency
altitude reporting capability activated if the aircraft is feature for military transponder.)

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11. SQUAWK VFR. Operate radar beacon Reservations for Unscheduled Operations at slot
transponder on Code 1200 in the Mode A/3, or other controlled airports. A copy of the Advisory
appropriate VFR code. Circular may be obtained via the Internet at:
http://www.faa.gov.
4−1−21. Airport Reservation Operations b. Special Traffic Management Programs
and Special Traffic Management Programs (STMP).
This section describes procedures for obtaining 1. Special procedures may be established when
required airport reservations at airports designated by a location requires special traffic handling to
the FAA and for airports operating under Special accommodate above normal traffic demand (e.g., the
Traffic Management Programs. Indianapolis 500, Super Bowl) or reduced airport
a. Slot Controlled Airports. capacity (e.g., airport runway/taxiway closures for
airport construction). The special procedures may
1. The FAA may adopt rules to require advance remain in effect until the problem has been resolved
operations for unscheduled operations at certain or until local traffic management procedures can
airports. In addition to the information in the rules handle the situation and a need for special handling no
adopted by the FAA, a listing of the airports and longer exists.
relevant information will be maintained on the FAA
Web site listed below. 2. There will be two methods available for
obtaining slot reservations through the
2. The FAA has established an Airport
ATCSCC: the web interface and the touch−tone
Reservation Office (ARO) to receive and process
interface. If these methods are used, a NOTAM will
reservations for unscheduled flights at the slot
be issued relaying the web site address and toll free
controlled airports. The ARO uses the Enhanced
telephone number. Be sure to check current
Computer Voice Reservation System (e−CVRS) to
NOTAMs to determine: what airports are included
allocate reservations. Reservations will be available
in the STMP; the dates and times reservations are
beginning 72 hours in advance of the operation at the
required; the time limits for reservation requests; the
slot controlled airport. Refer to the Web site or
point of contact for reservations; and any other
touch−tone phone interface for the current listing of
instructions.
slot controlled airports, limitations, and reservation
procedures. c. Users may contact the ARO at 703−904−4452
NOTE− if they have a problem making a reservation or have
The web interface/telephone numbers to obtain a a question concerning the slot controlled airport/
reservation for unscheduled operations at a slot controlled STMP regulations or procedures.
airport are:
d. Making Reservations.
1. http://www.fly.faa.gov/ecvrs.
2. Touch−tone: 1−800−875−9694 or 703−707−0568. 1. Internet Users. Detailed information and
(e−CVRS interface). User Instruction Guides for using the Web interface
3. Trouble number: 540−422−4246. to the reservation systems are available on the web
3. For more detailed information on operations sites for the slot controlled airports (e−CVRS),
and reservation procedures at a Slot Controlled http://www.fly.faa.gov/ecvrs; and STMPs
Airport, please see Advisory Circular 93−1A, (e−STMP), http://www.fly.faa.gov/estmp.

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2. Telephone users. When using the telephone press 1, 2, or 3, depending upon whether the letter you
to make a reservation, you are prompted for input of desire is the first, second, or third letter on that key.
information about what you wish to do. All input is For example to enter the letter “N” first press the
accomplished using the keypad on the telephone. The “6” key because “N” is on that key, then press the
only problem with a telephone is that most keys have “2” key because the letter “N” is the second letter on
a letter and number associated with them. When the the “6” key. Since there are no keys for the letters “Q”
system asks for a date or time, it is expecting an input and “Z” e−CVRS pretends they are on the number
of numbers. A problem arises when entering an “1” key. Therefore, to enter the letter “Q”, press 11,
aircraft call sign or tail number. The system does not and to enter the letter “Z” press 12.
detect if you are entering a letter (alpha character) or NOTE−
a number. Therefore, when entering an aircraft call Users are reminded to enter the “N” character with their
sign or tail number two keys are used to represent tail numbers. (See TBL 4−1−4.)
each letter or number. When entering a number,
3. For additional helpful key entries, see
precede the number you wish by the number 0 (zero)
TBL 4−1−5.
i.e., 01, 02, 03, 04, . . .. If you wish to enter a letter, first
press the key on which the letter appears and then

TBL 4−1−4
Codes for Call Sign/Tail Number Input

Codes for Call Sign/Tail Number Input Only


A−21 J−51 S−73 1-01
B−22 K−52 T−81 2−02
C−23 L−53 U−82 3−03
D−31 M−61 V−83 4−04
E−32 N−62 W−91 5−05
F−33 O−63 X−92 6−06
G−41 P−71 Y−93 7−07
H−42 Q−11 Z−12 8−08
I−43 R−72 0−00 9−09

TBL 4−1−5
Helpful Key Entries

# After entering a call sign/tail number, depressing the “pound key” (#) twice will indicate the end of the
entry.
*2 Will take the user back to the start of the process.
*3 Will repeat the call sign/tail number used in a previous reservation.
*5 Will repeat the previous question.
*8 Tutorial Mode: In the tutorial mode each prompt for input includes a more detailed description of what
is expected as input. *8 is a toggle on/off switch. If you are in tutorial mode and enter *8, you will return
to the normal mode.
*0 Expert Mode: In the expert mode each prompt for input is brief with little or no explanation. Expert
mode is also on/off toggle.

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