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Airport/Facility Directory

Introduction:

  • The Airport Facility Directory (A/FD) is published every 56 days by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, National Aeronautical Charting Office
  • Lists all airports, heliports, and seaplane bases which are open to the public
  • Divided into 7 volumes, which cover the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Has a directory legend in front showing detailed explanation of a sample airport
  • Sample Legend and supplemental pages: (Always use the most current publications)
Airport Facility Directory
Figure 1: Airport/Facility Directory

Airport/Facility Directory Content:

General Information:

  • The general information section of the Airport/Facility Directory reads:
    • This Airport/Facility Directory is a Civil Flight Information Publication published and distributed every eight weeks by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Aeronautical Information Services, http://www.faa.gov/go/ais. It is designed for use with Aeronautical Charts covering the conterminous United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
    • This directory contains all public–use airports, seaplane bases and heliports, military facilities, and selected private use facilities specifically requested by the Department of Defense (DoD) for which a DoD Instrument Approach Procedure has been published in the U.S. Terminal Procedures Publication
      • Additionally, this directory contains communications data, navigational facilities and certain special notices and procedures
    • Military data contained within this publication is provided by the National Geospatial–Intelligence Agency and is intended to provide reference data for military and/or joint use airports. Not all military data contained in this publication is applicable to civil users

Corrections, Comments and/or Procurement

  • Corrections:

    • Note: information such as equipment malfunction, abnormal field conditions, hazards to flight, etc., should be reported as soon as possible
    • FOR CORRECTIONS TO AERONAUTICAL DATA: http://nfdc.faa.gov/
      • FAA, Aeronautical Information Services
      • National Flight Data Center (NFDC)
      • 1575 I Street, NW, Room 9304
      • Washington, DC 20005
    • Deadlines for corrections to make the next publication are listed in this section
  • Comments:

    • FOR CHARTING COMMENTS:
      • FAA, Aeronautical Information Services
      • 1305 East West Highway
      • SSMC–4 Suite 4400
      • Silver Spring, MD 20910–3281
      • Telephone 1–800–638–8972
      • Email 9–AMC–Aerochart@faa.gov
    • Frequently asked questions (FAQs) are answered on our website at http://www.faa.gov/go/ais
    • See the FAQs prior to contact via toll free number
  • Procurement:

    • FOR PROCUREMENT:
      • Contact an Authorized FAA Chart Sales Agent. Visit our website at http://www.faa.gov/go/ais and click on “Chart Agent Locator.” For digital products, visit http://faacharts.faa.gov
      • This Airport/Facility Directory comprises part of the following sections of the United States Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP): GEN, ENR and AD

Airport/Facility Directory:

  • This directory is a listing of data on record with the FAA on public–use airports, military airports and selected private–use airports specifically requested by the Department of Defense (DoD) for which a DoD Instrument Approach Procedure has been published in the U.S. Terminal Procedures Publication. Additionally this listing contains data for associated terminal control facilities, air route traffic control centers, and radio aids to navigation within the conterminous United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Civil airports and joint Civil/Military airports which are open to the public are listed alphabetically by state, associated city and airport name and cross–referenced by airport name. Military airports and private–use (limited civil access) joint Military/Civil airports are listed alphabetically by state and official airport name and cross–referenced by associated city name. Navaids, flight service stations and remote communication outlets that are associated with an airport, but with a different name, are listed alphabetically under their own name, as well as under the airport with which they are associated
  • The listing of an airport as open to the public in this directory merely indicates the airport operator's willingness to accommodate transient aircraft, and does not represent that the airport conforms with any Federal or local standards, or that it has been approved for use on the part of the general public. Military airports, private–use airports, and private–use (limited civil access) joint Military/Civil airports are open to civil pilots only in an emergency or with prior permission. See Special Notice Section, Civil Use of Military Fields
  • The information on obstructions is taken from reports submitted to the FAA. Obstruction data has not been verified in all cases. Pilots are cautioned that objects not indicated in this tabulation (or on the airports sketches and/or charts) may exist which can create a hazard to flight operation. Detailed specifics concerning services and facilities tabulated within this directory are contained in the Aeronautical Information Manual, Basic Flight Information and ATC Procedures
  • The legend items that follow explain in detail the contents of this Directory and are keyed to the circled numbers on the sample on the preceding pages

City/Military Airport Cross Reference:

  • Military airports are listed alphabetically by state and official airport name
  • The city/military airport cross-reference listing provides alphabetical listing by state and city name for all military airports published in the directory

Seaplane Landing Areas:

  • Seaplane landing areas list out the locations of waterways for the locations covered by that volume [Figure 3]

Seaplane Landing Areas
Figure 3: Seaplane Landing Areas

Special Notices:

  • Special notices list out airports and airspace which have specific restrictions or programs associated that make them unique
  • Topics include aerobatic areas, unmanned aircraft systems operation and LASER light demonstrations to name a few [Figure 3]
  • Noise Abatement Procedures:
    • Airport proprietors are responsible for taking the lead in local aviation noise control
    • These plans are applied in the form of Formal or Informal Runway Use Programs for noise abatement purposes
    • Noise abatement procedures are listed in special notices which dictate areas to avoid and altitudes to maintain
    • Noise abatement procedures are also listed in the airport remarks, abbreviated NS ABTMT

Regulatory Notices:

  • Regulatory Notices The following narratives summarize the FAR Part 93 Special Air Traffic Rules, and Airport Traffic Patterns in effect as prescribed in the rule. This information is advisory in nature and in no way relieves the pilot from compliance with the specific rules set forth in FAR Parts 91 and 93
  • Special Airport Traffic Areas prescribed in Part 93 are depicted on Sectional Aeronautical Charts, World Aeronautical Charts, Enroute Low Altitude Charts, and where applicable, on VFR Terminal Area Charts
Special Notices
Figure 4: Special Notices

FAA and NWS Telephone numbers:

  • FAA and NWS Telephone numbers

Air Route Traffic Control Centers/Flight Service Station Communication Frequencies:

Flight Standards District Officers:

Preferred IFR Routes:

Preferred IFR Routes
Figure 5: Preferred IFR Routes

VOR Receiver Check:

Parachute Jumping Areas:

Aeronautical Chart Bulletin:

  • Aeronautical Chart Bulletin

Land and Hold Short Operations:

Airport Diagrams:

  • Airport Diagrams - updates to aeronautical information
  • In support of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Runway Incursion Program, selected towered airport diagrams have been published in the Airport Diagram section of the A/FD. Diagrams will be listed alphabetically by associated city and airport name. Airport diagrams, depicting runway and taxiway configurations, will assist both VFR and IFR pilots in ground taxi operations. The airport diagrams in this publication are the same as those published in the U.S. Terminal Procedures Publications. For additional airport diagram legend information see the U.S. Terminal Procedures Publication
  • NOTE: Some text data published under the individual airport in the front portion of the A/FD may be more current than the data published on the Airport Diagrams. The airport diagrams are updated only when significant changes occur

En-route FLight Advisory Services:

Where to Find:

  • Copies of the Airport/Facility directory can be found in many places in different forms:
    • First, you can check with your local Fixed Base Operator (FBO)
    • Second, you can purchase a papercopy or subscription online
    • Third, you can download a digital copy from the FAA's website
      • The digital A/FDs do not include all of the data you would get with a hardcopy such as Special Notices or VOR Receiver check points

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