New Advisory Standardizes Non-Towered Airport Flight Operations for All Users

 As an added safety enhancement for the general aviation community, the NBAA Access Committee has worked with the other members of the FAA’s Aeronautical Charting Forum (ACF) to standardize traffic pattern altitudes and procedures at airports without operating control towers.

This effort has culminated with the new Advisory Circular (AC) 90-66B, Non-Towered Airport Flight Operations, and replaces two advisories: one from 1993 that addressed traffic patterns, and another from 1990 that provided communication guidance. “No matter what a pilot flies – turbine, piston, parachute, glider, ultralight, lighter-than-air or unmanned aircraft system – they should read this AC, because it clearly presents the standards for operating at a non-towered airport,” said Richard Boll, a member of the NBAA Access Committee who participated in the ACF effort. “Not only does it guide the operation of a pilot’s particular aircraft, it gives the expectation of how pilots of other aircraft using the non-towered airport will operate.”

Standardizing the traffic pattern altitude was a primary focus, said Boll. Noting the age of the previous guidance, he said the old standard was 800 to 1,000 feet above ground level (AGL). To eliminate that 200 feet of confusion, the ACF set the standard at 1,000 feet AGL, with left-hand turns, unless terrain or obstacles mandate otherwise. Large and turbine-powered airplanes should enter the traffic pattern at an altitude of 1,500 feet AGL, or 500 feet above the established pattern altitude. A recent change to the Aeronautical Information Manual introduced this standard, and the AC expands on it.

Entering the non-tower traffic pattern and self-announcing a flight’s position and the pilot’s intentions received equal detail and attention. It makes clear that airplanes terminating an instrument procedure with a straight-in approach do not have the right away over VFR traffic in the pattern, said Boll. And when circling to land, left-hand turns are standard, unless otherwise documented.

Ultimately, said Boll, the committee’s goal was to improve safety for all by standardizing operational practices and getting everyone who uses non-towered airports on the same 18 pages of the new advisory circular. “Everyone seems to focus on towered airport operations, but most of America’s more than 5,000 public-use airports do not have a tower, so safety depends on the pilots flying into them,” Boll said.

View the advisory. (PDF)


Source: Aviation Pros (04/12/18)



AIN FBO Survey 2018 Top rated FBO in Brazil!

World-Way Aviation is pleased to announce the results of 2018 AIN FBO Survey as WWA achieved for the second time in a roll the Top Rated FBO position in Brazil followed by the TOP 20% of highest-rated FBOs in the Americas (By Overall Average).

We thank all World-Way Aviation team, customers, partners, investors and friends for their continuous support throughout 2017.
As World-Way Aviation started operations in 2016, we are thrilled by the market recognition that led us to the top rated performance in the surveys conducted in 2017 and 2018.

With this second achievement , we pledge to continue our efforts and commitment to raise the bar for FBO services in Brazil.
To know more about AIN FBO Survey results, click here

Source: AIN Online (04/02/18) 




Jeppesen Enhances KTEB Procedural Charts Effective 06 APR 18

As you may be aware, Jeppesen has been rolling out charting enhancements to heighten awareness of important procedural details and to improve chart clarity. These enhancements include the use of red color for airspeed restrictions and blue color for altitude constraints.

Teterboro was scheduled for publication of these updated charts at some point in the future. However, given the criticality of correct procedure execution in our complex airspace, TUG reached out to Jeppesen to request that they expedite publication of Teterboro's enhanced charts.

In particular, TUG collaborated with Jeppesen to refine the depiction of the RUUDY 6 SID, and we're delighted to report that Jeppesen has published these charts in the 06 APR 18 cycle.

We're tremendously grateful to Jeppesen Tier 2 Technical Support Specialist Adam Goldberg and Advanced Key Account Executive Brandon Gullet for their receptivity to our request, and for their extremely fast and favorable response.

We hope that you find these charting enhancements helpful in your daily operations.

For the latest news and information regarding Teterboro Airport, visit our TUG website,


Source: Teterboro Users Group (04/04/18)


J.A. Air Center Joins the Air Elite Network

World Fuel Services (WFS) announced April 2, that J.A. Air Center in Sugar Grove, Illinois has joined the Air Elite Network.

J.A. Air Center is based at Aurora Municipal Airport (KARR), approximately 45 miles west of Chicago’s city center. Located just outside O’Hare International Airport’s airspace, J.A. Air Center offers direct access to the tollway as well as first-class service and unmatched convenience for operators and passengers. The independently owned FBO has been Voted No. 1 FBO in the Chicago Metro region in the AIN Americas survey multiple times and ranked in the top 5 percent of FBOs in the Americas.

“We are excited to partner with World Fuel Services and to be selected as a member of the Air Elite Network. We look forward to taking our customer service to an even higher level with the Ritz-Carlton training and to leveraging the many benefits that are provided with network membership,” said Randy Fank, J.A. Air Center’s FBO operations manager. “We’re proud to be the network’s first Chicagoland FBO. Our facility has direct access to the tollway, with only one stop light between us and downtown Chicago. ‘Closer isn’t quicker’ has been our motto since moving to the Aurora Airport in 2008. This unique location offers operators the most convenient access to the city when compared to DuPage or Midway airports.”

J.A. Air Center boasts an 11,000 square foot terminal facility, 100,000 square feet of heated hangar space (capable of housing a G650), and a 20,000 square foot arrival canopy to protect customers from the Chicago elements. Crew amenities include a workout room with showers, snooze rooms, courtesy cars, and a pilot’s lounge including a pool table. Courtesy of their partnership with the exclusive Rich Harvest Farms private golf and country club located nearby, the lobby hosts a rotating display of vintage cars provided by the country club, making every visit to J.A. Air Center a unique and memorable one.

Since opening its doors as an avionics shop in 1965, J.A. Air Center has evolved into one of the largest independent FBOs in the country. A one-stop shop for aviation needs, they offer avionics, maintenance, brokerage, interiors, detailing, parts, flight training, and charter solutions.

“We are pleased to welcome J.A. Air Center to the Air Elite Network as our first Chicago area FBO,” said Steve Drzymalla, SVP, Business Aviation Bulk Fuel at World Fuel Services. “The team at J.A. Air Center has built an exemplary reputation through their efforts, and the industry consistently recognizes this in the results of the AIN annual survey. We are proud to partner with this first-class FBO.”


Source: Aviation Pros (04/02/18)