21ST SPACE WING 9 February 1996

Flying Operations


This instruction implements AFPD 11-2 by defining local flying areas in use at Peterson AFB and prescribes the procedures and safe conduct of flights within the local area. It applies to all flying units at Peterson AFB. This instruction also applies to Air Force Reserves and Air National Guard units.


This revision supersedes 21 SWR 55-12 and incorporates changes to the local flying areas used by assigned and tenant flying units located at Peterson AFB; updates the Air Force Academy local flying areas; updates hot brakes procedures; updates explosive and hazardous cargo procedures; deletes information for Pueblo Memorial Airport; adds controlled fuel dumping procedures; and makes various administrative changes.

1. Responsibilities:

1.1. The Chief, Airfield Management Flight (OSA), 21st Operations Support Squadron, is responsible for:

1.1.1. Prominently displaying the known hazards to flights in the Flight Planning Room of 21 OSS/OSA.

1.1.2. Providing tenant units with any changes to the local flying area.

1.2. Tenant flying units ensure that each assigned or attached pilot receives a briefing on local flying areas and procedures before initiating local area flying as pilot in command.

2. Local Flying Areas:

2.1. Each flying unit that operates at Peterson AFB is responsible for publishing its own directives and operating instructions governing its local flying area. Send information copies to 21 OSS/OSA, stop 1490, for transient aircrew briefing purposes.

2.2. All units are responsible for complying with Air Force regulations and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) directives. The City of Colorado Springs (COS) and the area around the airport are noise sensitive areas. To maintain a good relationship with the community, we must do everything possible to limit exposure to unnecessary aircraft noise. Be aware of abatement procedures and apply procedures for your aircraft, as required. Turbo jet training flights are prohibited from 2200L - 0700L (see AP/1).

2.2.1. UV-18 Local Area. State of Colorado and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Supersedes 21 SWR 55-12, 21 September 1992.
No. of Printed Pages: 6
OPR: 21 OSS/OSA (MSgt Tompkins)
Approved by: 21 OSS/CC (Lt Col McConnell)
Editor: Ellen M. Christiansen
Distribution: F
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2.2.2. C-130 Local Area. Two hundred nautical mile (NM) radius of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

2.2.3. The 302ND Airlift Wing (AW) Air Force Reserves Low Altitude Navigation Area (LATN). The 302ND TAW conducts extensive low level tactical training from surface to 3000' above ground level (AGL) in the area bounded to the north by 3920N latitude, to the south by 3700N latitude, to the west by 10615W longitude, and to the east by 102-45W longitude. Training includes single ship, large formations, airdrop, and defensive maneuvers.

2.2.4. C-21 Local Area. This is bounded by a line extending from Grand Island Airport, to Gage very high frequency omni directional range tactical air navigation (VORTAC), to Amarillo VORTAC, to Santa Fe Airport, to Farmington VORTAC, to Grand Junction VORTAC, to Rock Springs VORTAC, to Muddy Mountain VORTAC, and back to the Grand Island Airport. This area is used for low level training extending from 1000' AGL to 3000' AGL and for instrument flight rules (IFR) transition training.

2.2.5. Army C-12 Flying Area. A 240 NM radius around the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport.

2.2.6. Aero Club Flying Area. A geographical area encompassed by a circle of 75 NM in radius, centered at Peterson AFB, with the following exceptions: The designated mountainous terrain lying generally west of Peterson AFB. The restricted area (R2601) at Fort Carson or any other restricted or prohibited areas published in appropriate FAA documents.

2.3. Air Force aircraft must not enter controlled, prohibited, or restricted airspace and warning areas within the local area unless prior approval of the controlling agency has been received.

2.4. Flights below 1000' AGL over Colorado Springs, Pueblo, or other populated areas are not conducted unless:

2.4.1. Required for traffic pattern entry or landing.

2.4.2. Required due to emergencies.

2.4.3. Required by the controlling agency.

3. Practice Approaches and Landings:

3.1. City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. Peterson AFB is served by this airport, a shared-use airport with an FAA tower and approach control. The airport is within an Airport Radar Service Area (ARSA) which requires everyone operating Mode C Transponder within it to be in radio contact with Air Traffic Control. Refer to the Flight Information Publications-General Planning (FLIP-GP) for complete details. The airport is located on the COS 191/09 with a field elevation of 6172' mean sea level (MSL). The airport currently has three usable runways. Peterson AFB is situated on the northeast side and the old civilian terminal is on the southwest side of the airport. The new civilian terminal is located on the south-central side of the airport. Low altitude instrument landing system (ILS) approaches and nondirectional beacon (NDB) approaches are available at the airport.

3.1.1. General Procedures: Aircrews receive automatic terminal information service (ATIS), Visual Flight Rules (VFR), or Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) clearance before taxi and advise tower of receipt.
21 SWI11-20101 9 February 1996 3 Between the hours of 0600L-2200L, aircrews file a flight plan with Base Operations. Aircraft operations planned outside of these hours must be coordinated with 21 SPS to avoid anti-hijack/theft intervention. When aircraft are cleared for takeoff, the aircraft remains on tower frequency until instructed to change.

3.1.2. Instrument Procedures. Fly practice instrument approaches under an IFR clearance.

3.1.3. Visual Traffic Pattern Procedures: Fly visual traffic patterns with approval of the control tower. Expect radar sequencing and separation by approach control. Traffic pattern direction is as specified by the tower or approach control. Small aircraft use a pattern altitude of 7000' MSL. Other aircraft use a pattern altitude as directed by the tower, normally between 7500' to 8000' AGL.

3.1.4. Restrictions and Hazards to Flight: Ground check and navigational aid. Colorado Springs Municipal Airport has a VOR Test Facility on frequency 110.4. Departure and Landing. Aircraft shouldn't be flown over civilian housing northwest, southwest and northeast of the airport. If possible, when accomplishing runway 30 departures, turn to a heading of 350 degrees as soon as airspeed and altitude safely permit or as directed by the control tower. Avoid overflying Peterson AFB military housing area on the down wind of runway 12/30. High Terrain. The terrain six miles west of the airport rises sharply to a maximum of 14,110' MSL at the top of Pikes Peak mountain. To the north of the airport, the terrain rises to an elevation of approximately 7500' MSL within 10 miles. The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Airstrip (elevation 6572' MSL). Flights within three miles of the USAFA airfield below 8600 MSL (2100 AGL) are prohibited without radio contact with the Academy Tower (124.15 or 320.1) Recommend contact with the Academy Tower for all flights in the USAFA area below 10,000 MSL. Use extreme caution for extensive parachute, glider, and light aircraft training from the surface to 18,000 MSL between the hours of sunrise and sunset. Areas of glider and motorglider activity extend from Castle Rock to Garden of the Gods between I-25 and the Front Range. Altitudes extend from the surface to 12,000 MSL, occasionally higher. USAFA T-3 Training Area. The USAFA T-3 training area extends from Castle Rock to Pueblo, east of I-25 to Highway 71 (approximately 35 NM north and south and approximately 50 NM east of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport). Altitudes extend from 1500 AGL to 12000 MSL. Contact Eagle on 123.5 or 257.2 for advisories. The T-3 auxiliary airfield is on the COS 114/18. There is extensive training at this area and transient aircraft should remain above 7900 MSL within 3 miles. Contact Bullseye on 121.95 or 234.95 for advisories. Meadowlake Airport. Extensive glider activity in the vicinity of Meadowlake Airport, located on the Colorado Springs VORTAC 285/04, can present a hazard to aircraft operations due to the low radar reflectivity of the gliders. Extensive light aircraft and ultra-light activity also occurs around this airport. Use extreme caution when operating near Meadowlake Airport as approach control may not be able to provide traffic advisories.

4 21SWI11-20101 9 February 1996 Fort Carson Gunnery Ranges (R2601). Restricted from the surface to 35,000' MSL at all times and from 22,500' MSL to 60,000' MSL as indicated by Notice to Airman (NOTAM). Combined Space Operations Center (R2602). Restricted from the surface to 16,000' MSL at all times.

4. Emergency Procedures:

4.1. Local Radio Failure. After following the Flight Information Handbook (FIH) "Radio Out" procedures, continue as follows:

4.1.1. If able to proceed VFR to landing; Maintain VFR. Monitor VHF on the VOR. Alternate frequencies: COS TWR - 119.9, 133.15 COS GND - 121.7 Jet - enter initial at 1500' AGL; 7700' MSL rocking wings until pitchout. Conventional - enter downwind at 7200' MSL. Check the Colorado Springs Airport Tower for light signals on base leg, final approach, and after landing.

4.1.2. If unable to proceed VFR to landing, follow IFR supplement procedures.

4.2. Controlled Bailout. Proceed out on the COS 150 degree radial at 10,000' MSL. At COS 150/15 on a 150 degree heading, eject using applicable Dash One procedures.

4.3. Controlled Fuel Dumping. Between the COS VORTAC radials 080 and 120, 30 to 90 DME, at or above 5000' AGL.

4.4. Hot Brakes. Aircraft experiencing or suspecting hot brakes advise the Colorado Springs Airport Control Tower. The pilot follows Dash One procedures and if able, the tower directs the aircraft to one of the following areas:

4.4.1. Aircraft landing on runways 30 and 35L are directed to taxiway B-1.

4.4.2. Aircraft landing on runway 12 are directed to taxiway B-5.

4.4.3. Aircraft landing on runway 17L are directed to taxiway E-8.

4.4.4. Aircraft landing on runway 35R are directed to taxiway E-1.

4.4.5. Aircraft landing on runway 17R are directed to taxiway A-7.

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4.5. Hazardous Cargo, Bomb Threat. The City of Colorado Springs prohibits aircraft carrying hazardous cargo exceeding 10,000 lbs Department of Transportation (DOT) class A, B, and C or ordnance from landing at this facility except in emergency situations. The tower must direct any military (contract military) aircraft, reported to have hazardous cargo, to the mid-point of taxiway D. Aircraft landing with ordnance will be parked in accordance with the City of Colorado Springs Letter of Agreement, Procedures for Special/Emergency Parking.

4.6. Hydrazine Precautions - F-16 Aircraft. The Colorado Springs Tower shall direct F-16 aircraft requiring hydrazine precautions to park in one of the areas designated for hot brakes in paragraph 4.4 above, depending on landing runway.

4.7. Procedures for Jettison External Stores by Military Aircraft:

4.7.1. General Policy. Use east side of Artillery Impact Area in R2601 external stores. See attachment 1.

4.7.2. Procedures. The following apply: Military aircraft requiring jettison of external stores advise the Colorado Springs Airport Control Tower. The Colorado Springs Airport Control Tower notifies the Fort Carson Range officer of the requirement (normally 15 minutes lead time is required). The Fort Carson Range Officer ensures that R2601 is clear and issues clearance instructions to the Colorado Springs Airport Control Tower for relay to the aircraft. The Colorado Springs Control Tower vectors the aircraft to or along the Colorado Springs VORTAC 190 degree radial and advises the aircraft when it is within the boundaries of R2601. If radar is inoperative, the aircraft proceeds via the 190 degree radial into R2601. The aircraft drops the stores while flying northeast to southwest, on COS 190 degree radial at 23 to 25 NM. The aircraft must not descend below the minimum vectoring altitude, the minimum obstruction clearance altitude, or the minimum enroute altitude, whichever is appropriate. Maintain communications between the aircraft and the Colorado Springs Control Tower at all times. In the event communications cannot be established or maintained, jettison must not be done and the aircraft will not remain in R2601.

Commander, 21 OSS

1 Attachment
External Stores Jettison Area