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Non-Towered Airport Procedures

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

As the probability of these tower closures and reduced operating hours nears, it is important to increase our awareness of proper operating practices and procedures at airports without an operating control tower.  Although we often hear these airports called “uncontrolled”, you can help ensure continued safe and controlled operations through adherence to published practices and procedures.  Of course, “non-towered airport” is the proper term to use for an airport without an operating control tower.

The FAA has several resources that provide advisory information for operations at airports without an operating control tower.  These include the FAA Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM), Advisory Circular (AC) 90-66A, CFR 91.113 (Basic Right of Way Rules), CFR 91.126 and CFR 91.127 (Traffic Flow Rules at Non-Towered Airports).