A/FD to Include all Traffic Pattern Altitudes

FAA has decided to publish “all traffic pattern altitudes, standard and non-standard” in the Airport/Facility Directory. At present, FAA is adding information about TPA to the National Airspace System Resources (NASR) database. Once the data are in the system, TPA will appear in the A/FD as it is revised.

The decision to include all TPA in the A/FD comes from a topic of discussion at the the Aeronautical Charting Forum. FAA has starting publishing contact information for airport managers in the A/FD.

The latest update came at the ACF meeting on April 29, 2014 outside Washington, DC. .

For more information about the NASR, see AC 150/5200-35 and the website for the National Flight Data Center (NFDC).

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2 Responses to A/FD to Include all Traffic Pattern Altitudes

  1. David Dyck says:

    trick question: What’s the TPA at Willapa Harbor (2S9) ?
    – I checked with the Airport Manager – and they fly 816 MSL ( which AOPA researched also and reported on their site ( http://www.aopa.org/airports/2S9 ), ( the little “AM” means they checked with the airport manager )

    Notice that if you just used the AF/D or the “newer” AIM default you might choose 1000 AGL.

    • bruceair says:

      If you read the record referenced in this item, you can find this type of situation is why users urged FAA to include TPA in the A/FD. Airport managers, among other officials, can verify and update the data, including now TPA, for their facilities via the Airport Data Changes (Public Use) website. Note, however, that information about TPA must be submitted separately via Form 7480-1

      Valerie Watson, AJV-3B, briefed the topic on behalf of the submitter. Valerie stated that currently the FAA is not consistent in reporting traffic pattern altitudes (TPA) in the AFDs. In the past, the FAA only reported TPAs when they were other than 1000 feet above ground level (AGL). Now, there are a large number of 1000 ft AGL traffic pattern altitudes reported, especially in certain parts of the country. If even the standard is reported, what does this mean for airports without a published TPA? Valerie reported that the AFD data is pulled directly from NASR. If there is a value in the NASR TPA field, it will be published in the AFD. In her view, a decision needs to be made at the data level (NASR) whether ALL TPAs will be databased & published, or if they will only be published by exception to the 1000 ft AGL standard…
      Chris reemphasized that the big issue is the data itself and the need to have the right data entered into the system. The consensus of attendees was that ALL traffic pattern altitudes should be collected by the Office of Airports, databased in NASR and published in the AFD. Support for this decision was strengthened in light of the fact that the “recommended” or “nonstandard” altitude differs depending on aircraft type…
      Chris Criswell, AJV-22, will work with Office of Airports to collect ALL traffic pattern altitudes. Chris will report at the next ACF…

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