Airport Data

Sectional and other charts, obviously, tell you where airports are. They do so with a small symbol in blue or magenta. If the airport has a control tower the symbol is in blue, if not it’s in magenta. Most airport symbols also indicate the number and direction of runways. If aviation fuel (avgas) is available at the airport the symbol will have four ticks or bumps around the symbol perimeter.

Near the airport symbol will be additional data you’ll need, including the airport name (for example, “Willits”) and FAA location identifier or code (for example, O28). You’ll also see the airport’s altitude, common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF), and other information about radar services, airport lighting, and traffic patterns.

Number of Take-Offs Equals Number of Landings (Hopefully)
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The sectional chart should be supplemented with the latest copy of the FAA Airport/Facility Directory that gives more specifics about all public airports (available through Alternately, you can subscribe to one of the aftermarket publishers such as Flight Guide Airport and Frequency Manual that includes up-to-date airport information and some area maps, as well as data on nearby hotels, food, and recreation. There are three regional volumes for the United States and the binders are easier to use than the FAA publication.

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